Cheek augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is intended to emphasize the cheeks on a person's face. To augment the cheeks, a plastic surgeon may place a solid implant over the cheekbone. Injections with the patients' own fat or a soft tissue filler, like Restylane, are also popular. Rarely, various cuts to the zygomatic bone (cheekbone) may be performed. Cheek augmentation is commonly combined with other procedures, such as a face lift or chin augmentation.
High cheekbones are generally considered a sign of beauty, giving the appearance of youth and vitality. Although we have been utilizing cheekbone augmentation for many years in traumatic mid-face reconstructive surgery, we have recently realized that by augmenting an underdeveloped cheekbone region, cosmetic surgeons can transform a relatively flat one into a youthful and well developed mid-face. Although cheekbone surgery is often indicated as a solitary procedure, it is frequently combined with other cosmetic operations such as facelift, to enhance the overall effect of surgery.
Cheekbone implants are made of a variety of materials that have been found to be safe for implantation based on many years experience with grafts used throughout the body. These materials act like bone and add dimension to a flattened facial appearance. Implants can be used to correct cheekbone abnormalities, soft tissue abnormalities below the bone or both problems together.
There is moderate swelling and discomfort associated with the procedure. The main risk of the operation is that the implant may shift out of position or it may not be tolerated. If these problems occur, the implants can be repositioned or removed and replaced again with good results. Infection can occur but is also rare and usually responds to antibiotics. Facial contouring / cheekbone augmentation is an exciting procedure that is rapidly gaining in popularity. The operation is relatively simple and safe and justly deserves its growing demand.
The facelift procedure continues to evolve. Over the years, the procedure has changed from simple skin lifting to more complex deeper plane lifting techniques. Today, many different techniques exist, with outcomes that are consistently reliable and durable. The facelift procedure usually involves incisions in front of and behind the ear. The incisions may extend into the scalp. Once the incisions are made, various degrees of undermining of the skin are performed, and the deeper layers of the face are 'lifted'. Muscle tightening as well as liposuction of the neck and jowls may be performed, and excess skin is either removed or repositioned. The results are a reversal of the effects of gravity and tightening of soft tissues of the face to restore a more youthful contour to the face.