The goal of cheek augmentation is to add volume or lift to the cheeks. Surgical options for enhancing the cheeks are fat grafting or cheek implants.
What is cheek augmentation?
The goal of cheek augmentation is to add volume or lift to the cheeks. Some people are bothered by their cheeks losing volume, or even sagging, with age. Others never develop the desired volume in their cheeks and are bothered by cheeks that may be considered flat or thin
Options for cheek augmentation
Valid surgical options for augmenting and enhancing the cheeks are fat grafting/transfer (where a patient's own fat is used) or the use of solid cheek implants. A nonsurgical option is the use of injectable fillers to enhance the cheeks, which is covered on the dermal fillers page.
Who is a good candidate for cheek augmentation?
Cheek augmentation is a highly individualized procedure. It can be a life-changing procedure for patients who are self-conscious about their cheeks. This procedure should be done for yourself, not for someone else or to conform with any sort of ideal image.
In general, you may be a good cheek augmentation candidate if:
You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
You have realistic expectations
You are a nonsmoker
You are bothered by the appearance of your cheeks
You have cheeks that are too flat, thin or saggy
If you're considering surgery, spend some time reviewing cheek augmentation photos and learning about what to expect during recovery. Preparation ahead of time helps patients have reasonable expectations and a smoother recovery.
Your Health & Safety
Before undergoing surgery requiring sedation or general anesthesia, a full medical history including diagnostic tests is recommended. Part of this medical history requires that you provide candid answers to questions about your general state of health, including:
A full disclosure of health history including any illness, prior surgery of any kind and complications from prior surgery
All types of allergies and any reaction to prior anesthesia
Current medications, the use of vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
The use of oral contraceptives by women
Before surgery, you must follow all of your plastic surgeon's instructions. This may include:
Cessation of smoking
Stop taking certain types of medications that may increase your risk of abnormal bleeding
On the day of surgery, you may be asked to:
Avoid eating or drinking anything within a defined time period prior to surgery
Follow all postoperative instructions carefully, including cleansing and at-home treatment regimens, and avoid sun exposure. Your cooperation will inﬂuence the outcome of your surgery.