Instant Cheeks for a Youthful You
Full cheeks with high cheekbones are a sign of youth and beauty. As we age our cheeks lose volume, and the skin and muscle without the underlying structure to support them, form folds and jowls producing the tired, sunken look of aging. Replacing the volume in the facial cheeks can help reduce the hollowed etching of the face as it ages-it helps us exude that more lifted and vibrant look.
Cheek implants are one of the ways to enhance the upper facial contour. When inserted, implants provide the scaffolding to support the underlying tissue-contouring the face and filling the volume void. Replenished lost cheek volume raises the sagging skin and muscle below- helping erase smile lines around the nose, decreasing marionette lines around the mouth and giving more curve to the upper lip. And all without touching those areas. With enhancement, the cheekbone area becomes a more prominent facial highlight for both men and women.
Cheek implant surgery is an outpatient procedure, usually performed under local and sedation anesthesia for maximal comfort. The implants are slipped into place through incisions made in the mouth so scarring is not a consideration. The cheek implants are a permanent addition which feels smooth and natural to the touch.
As with all facial implants, some temporary swelling and bruising can be expected. Most swelling and discomfort generally subsides within a few days, and you can usually return to work and normal activities within a week. Depending on the person, it may be several months before the final results of the procedure become apparent. Simple things such as smiling, talking and eating may be temporarily affected early on. Risks associated with cheek implants, as with any surgery, include bleeding, infection, asymmetry, sensory change and implants shifting out of alignment. If necessary, silicone implants can to be removed.
In addition to permanent cheek implants, cheek profiles can be enhanced with fillers such as Radiesse, Artefill, Perlane among others. Fat transfer can also provide volume replacement to sunken cheeks using one’s own natural filler — fat gathered from the tummy or thighs after liposuction. For the safety of our patients in Seattle, Bellevue and surrounding areas, at Bel-Red Center for Aesthetic Surgery all surgical procedures are performed in the privacy of our Medicare Certified and Washington State Licensed Surgical Facility.