Glowing cheeks are among the essential indicators of youth, vitality, and facial radiance.
The unfortunate truth is that cheeks lose their luster over time, becoming flat, saggy, and hollow. While some are gifted with naturally high cheekbones, others turn to a variety of cheek augmentation procedures to mitigate the effects of aging. Of these options, cheek implants are perhaps the most well-known. However, there are other options available to you as well.
Here is a look at the variety of cheek augmentation procedures available, as well as the factors to consider before undergoing surgery.
Methods of Cheek Augmentation
There are three different methods of cheek augmentation, each with their own unique benefits: fat grafting, cheek implants, and fillers.
The most popular option for cheek augmentation, fat grafting involves removing fat from the hips and transferring it to the cheeks. This procedure is a long-term solution for full, plump cheeks. The only downside is that fat grafting requires an additional procedure, similar to liposuction, in order to transfer the fat.
Since the fat comes from your own body, the fat is guaranteed to be accepted by your body without any complications. Most of the fat will be retained by your body permanently, rejuvenating the skin and producing a natural, youthful look.
Cheek implants are another solution for long-lasting full cheeks. This procedure is best suited for people who desire more volume, as opposed to the subtle boost that fat grafting provides. Implants add definition to areas where the bone structure has become less prominent, while slowing the apparent effects of bone aging.
However, keep in mind that cheek implants tend to look less natural than the effects of fat grafting.
Fillers and Injectables
There is a wide variety of fillers and injectables available, with each producing their own unique effects. However, these fillers do not always last a long time, making them a great solution for people who only desire temporary results. Educate yourself thoroughly on the specific details of the filler you select.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Cheek augmentation will be most effective for people with the following conditions:
-Flat, deflated-looking cheeks
-Cheeks lacking definition
-Hollow cheeks or temples
-Under-eye bags, lines, or wrinkles on the cheeks
Additional Factors to Consider
Patients undergoing fat grafting will be sedated as the fat is transferred directly to the cheeks. There will be swelling for 10 days following the operation.
Implants can make a striking difference as early 20 to 30 years of age.
Fillers may cause bruising or swelling, and require up to 10 days of recovery time. Most fillers will last from six months to a year.
If fuller, radiant cheeks are something you desire, schedule a consultation with Dr. Binder today to determine which procedure is best suited to your personal beauty goals.