When we age, our face loses precious volume and fullness, leaving us with ill-defined cheeks. Now that sharper, well-defined cheeks are the newest standard of beauty, people with sunken, hollow cheeks may appear older, more tired, or sicker than they really are. The goal of the Cheek Augmentation procedure (also called “malarplasty”) is to fill out the portions of the mid-face region that have sunk or receded to restore a fuller, more youthful appearance. The procedure may involve either flexible implants, injectable liquid-gel fillers, or the patient’s own fatty tissue harvested from other parts of the body. Renowned New York facial plastic surgeon Dr. Slupchynskyj offers a wide variety of cheek surgery techniques to give a diverse range of patients the cheek augmentation they desire.
Am I a Good Candidate for Cheek Enhancement?
The ideal candidates for the Cheek Augmentation procedure are patients who are concerned about a flat or sunken appearance around the cheekbones. A deficiency in fat stores or soft tissue, as well as a loss of muscle tone in the midface area are also major contributors to a more hollowed out cheek. Cheek Augmentation Surgery can restore fullness in these areas, bringing a more youthful appearance to the face and creating a more balanced, proportional look.
Preparation for Cheek Augmentation Surgery
During your pre-surgery consultation with Dr. Slupchynskyj, he will perform a full analysis of your facial structure so that he can give you an accurate assessment of your potential treatment. Dr. Slupchynskyj will also take this time to teach you about what to expect for your cheek augmentation. His nursing staff will consult with you to help you determine how you can best prepare in anticipation of your recovery from surgery. They will discuss the proper diet, medications, and other lifestyle changes necessary for a successful recovery. Habits like smoking should be avoided in the weeks leading up to the procedure.
Surgical Techniques for Cheek Augmentation
Dr. Slupchynskyj regularly performs the Cheek Augmentation procedure as either a stand-alone surgery or in most of his cases, as part of a comprehensive facial rejuvenation treatment that includes Chin Augmentation, Rhinoplasty, Eyelid Lifts, or other cosmetic procedures. Depending on what he’s trying to accomplish with the cheek augmentation, there are several different sites that Dr. Slupchynskyj uses for the initial incision. Here are some possible incisions Dr. Slupchynskyj might use for your cheek surgery:
- The incision is made inside the upper lip and the implant is inserted through the side of the cheek. Dr. Slupchynskyj then places the implant over the cheekbone but under the skin and muscle. This internal incision eliminates the possibility of any external scarring.
- Lower Eyelid. If the patient is undergoing an Eyelid Lift at the same time as the Cheek Augmentation, the surgeon can use the same incision or a nearby incision for both procedures. The folds of the lower eyelid hide almost all external incision lines.
- A small incision is made at the hairline where an endoscope (a thin tube with a light and video camera) is inserted until it reaches the cheekbone. When the implant site is located, the implant is inserted and aligned into the pocket between the bone and muscle.
Injectable Fillers for Cheek Augmentation
Some patients might not be ideal candidates for cheek surgery due to health concerns (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.), and may be more suited to cheek augmentation using injectable substances that enhance volume in the cheeks. Patients have a wide range of options, including natural materials, artificial substances, and even a blend of the two. Here are some nonsurgical options offered by Dr. Slupchynskyj for nonsurgical cheek augmentation:
- Fat Deposits or Fat Grafting – Dr. Slupchynskyj can harvest fat deposits from one part of the body and inject them into the cheek area, creating natural volume. With fat grafting, the cheek augmentation will move and feel like natural tissue. This procedure can be especially useful if the patient is also undergoing Liposuction at the same time as the Cheek Augmentation.
- Hyaluronic Acid. The complex polymer hyaluronic acid is an essential component in keeping the skin hydrated and nourished. Brand name hyaluronic acid fillers like Restalyne®™ and Juvéderm® are incredibly popular for cheek augmentation, and are very commonly used as alternatives to cheek surgery. Injectable treatments should be repeated regularly.
Benefits of Cheek Augmentation
Patients who undergo Cheek Augmentation Surgery don’t just look more appealing; many of our New York patients who have undergone cheek surgery often report looking years younger. Those with fuller, well-shaped cheeks also tend to give people a sense of vitality and a healthier look overall, and with the enhanced appearance comes a more confident personality and improved outlook. While Dr. Slupchynskyj makes his results as subtly natural as possible, your friends, family, and coworkers will take note of the new and improved you.
Risks of Cheek Augmentation Surgery
The risks of the Cheek Augmentation procedure are minimal; however, no surgery is without risk. Risks are significantly reduced and avoided by selecting a highly qualified and experienced Facial Plastic Surgeon for the procedure. Some patients who have had the surgery with another surgeon have reported to Dr. Slupchynskyj they have persistent numbness, while others have shown that the implant was not shaped properly, misaligned, or placed on a vital nerve or muscle. Due to the microbe-rich environment in the mouth, the intraoral incision site is prone to infection, so following post-operative instructions is critical to proper healing.
Ultimately, the best way to guarantee a safe procedure and amazing results is by working with a skilled facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Slupchynskyj. Contact the Aesthetic Institute of New York and New Jersey now, for a consultation on cheek surgery by calling (212) 628-6464 or visiting their page.