Cheek Augmentation with Implants and Dermal Fillers
By Brian Kobienia, MD, FACS on May 18, 2013
The cheeks begin to thin and hallow as patients age. Cheek augmentation using implants or dermal fillers is just one way to restore a youthful fullness to the cheeks. The cheek augmentation procedure is also useful to create facial balance and symmetry. Read on to learn how Edina plastic surgeon Brian Kobienia can improve facial balance and help patients look years younger with cheek augmentation surgery.
Cheek Augmentation Using Implants
When cheek augmentation is performed using cheek implants, the results can be expected to be permanent. If considering using implants for cheek augmentation, it is best to discuss the size and type of implant with a skilled plastic surgeon. The type and size will greatly depend on the patient’s desired results and facial features.
The types of implants used for cheek augmentation include silicone and hydroxyapatite implants. Silicone implants are a popular choice for cheek augmentation. Though silicone implants are typically placed with the intention of being permanent, they can be removed at a later date should the need or desire arise. Hydroxyapatite implants, on the other hand, are permanent. These implants end up combining with the surrounding tissues of the face to become a part of the cheeks. This allows for a more natural looking and feeling cheek augmentation.
Cheek augmentation using implants is generally performed on an outpatient basis. The implant is placed within the cheek through an incision made along the lower eyelid or inside the mouth beneath the upper lip. The whole process can take one to two hours, or longer if performed along with other procedures.
Cheek Augmentation Using Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are another option in cheek augmentation treatment. Cheek augmentations performed with dermal fillers are minimally invasive, which leads to a quicker procedure and faster recovery. Results are not permanent with dermal fillers and can be expected to last up to a year and a half. Popular dermal fillers include Juvederm® and Restylane®. Juvederm® is a type of gel, which, when injected into the skin, fills wrinkles and plumps the cheeks. Restylane® is the more commonly used injectable. It also is used to add fullness to the cheeks (and can even be used to fill the lips).
The cheek augmentation procedure using dermal fillers is quick and relatively painless. Treatment can be performed in as little as 20 minutes and patients can go about their day as soon as treatment is finished. Dermal fillers require virtually no recovery time and results are seen instantly. Though cheek augmentation using dermal fillers is not permanent, the initial cost of treatment is typically less expensive than augmentations using implants.
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Patients don't have to wait any longer to rejuvenate their appearance! For patients in Edina, facelift surgery is a wonderful complement to cheek augmentation. Dr. Kobienia offers a wide range of cosmetic treatments to rejuvenate the appearance and restore confidence. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Kobienia to discuss cheek implants, dermal fillers, and other treatment options. Dr. Kobienia can advise patients of the best treatments options to address their unique needs and goals.
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