Loss of facial volume is a common cosmetic concern that happens as we age, resulting in a sunken appearance, sagging skin and wrinkles. Significant weight loss can also cause volume loss in the cheeks. In other cases, genetics play a part in the lack of development of pads of fat in this area. Whatever the reason, cheek augmentation can help to restore a fuller, more refreshed facial contour.
Dr. Reo Pugao of Martin Plastic Surgery in Las Cruces, New Mexico, focuses on facial cosmetic procedures like cheek augmentation. Please contact us online or call our office at 575-521-7111 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pugao and take the first step toward loving your new look.
Am I a Good Candidate?
It is important to have realistic expectations about what cheek augmentation can and cannot achieve before deciding if this procedure is right for you. The goal is to improve facial volume in order to enhance your natural features — not make you look like someone else entirely.
The best candidates for cheek augmentation will be in good physical health, nonsmokers and who are bothered by the appearance of flat or drooping cheeks.
Cheek augmentation can also be achieved nonsurgically through the use of fillers. In other situations, combining surgical procedures such as a facelift or brow lift with cheek augmentation can offer the most complete results.
Types of Cheek Augmentation
Cheek augmentation can be achieved using synthetic cheek implants or through a fat transfer procedure that utilizes your body’s own fat cells to increase the volume in your face.
Each of these options comes with its own unique set of benefits, and the right choice for you will largely depend on your natural anatomy and your specific goals. Dr. Pugao would be happy to discuss your cosmetic goals and provide a physical assessment during a consultation to help you decide whether cheek implants or a fat transfer could be the best fit.
Cheek Augmentation FAQs
How much does cheek augmentation cost?
The average cost of cheek augmentation in 2018 was $3,015, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This figure does not include additional costs for anesthesia, surgical facility costs and other applicable fees. The cost of cheek augmentation will vary depending on the cosmetic surgeon you choose, type of cheek augmentation and other factors.
At Martin Plastic Surgery, financing options are available to help make your procedure as affordable as possible.
Is cheek augmentation the best option for me?
This decision will depend on a number of factors, including your specific cosmetic goals, how much natural facial volume you have and the quality of your skin. If you are looking for a more subtle or temporary boost of volume, you might consider injectable fillers before deciding if cheek augmentation is right for you.
Does cheek augmentation hurt?
Cheek augmentation is performed under local or general anesthesia or IV sedation, so you should not feel any pain during the procedure. Afterward, expect to experience some tightness, discomfort and swelling. These side effects are typically easily managed with oral pain medication and should begin to subside within a few days.
Is cheek augmentation safe?
Cheek augmentation is considered to be a safe, straightforward procedure. However, as with all surgical procedures, it comes with risks such as bleeding, infection and skin discoloration. Dr. Pugao will discuss associated risks with you at your consultation and help you decide if cheek implants, fat transfer or fillers are right for you.
How long does it take to recover from cheek augmentation?
Initial swelling after cheek augmentation typically begins to subside in a few days, with most visible swelling diminishing around the two-week mark. Most people feel up to returning to work one week after cheek augmentation. You will need to avoid sleeping on your face for several weeks, as well as limit physical activity for around four weeks.
How long do cheek implants last?
Cheek implants can last for decades, if not a lifetime, without needing to be replaced. Fat transfer cheek augmentation typically lasts for several years, while injectable fillers can last anywhere from 6 to 18 months.