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Cheek Augmentation

If you want fuller-looking cheeks and more defined facial contours, cheek augmentation can provide you with what you are looking for. From full lips to high cheekbones, a wide array of alternatives are available to highlight the key features of your face, giving you a more vibrant, attractive look. Well-formed cheekbones and a strong chin give definition and balance to your face. Loss of volume in these areas is often seen with the aging process or weight loss but can also be associated with congenital deformities, medications, and post-traumatic changes. At Volpe Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of options for cheek augmentation for our patients in Boston, including non-surgical and surgical options.

Non-Surgical Cheek Augmentation

Areas that require just a small amount of volume are most often treated with one of the injectable fillers- Voluma, Restylane Lift, Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra or Radiesse. These fillers have the advantage of convenience- they are quick, accurate and relatively easy to undergo. They do have some disadvantages, though, as they are somewhat temporary in nature and the associated costs may be a bit high over time if larger volumes are needed.

Cheek Augmentation Using Implants

Two other options are possible- fat transfers and facial bone implants. Chin and cheek implants are the most common but other implants exist for the nose, jaw, and lips. These implants are made of several different substances and are available in many shapes and sizes. I prefer silastic implants, an inert substance that is soft allowing them to sit snugly on the underlying bone. One advantage of implants is that they are a “what you see is what you get” type of procedure. That is, there is no resorbing or dissolving of the implant with time providing a lifelong augmentation.

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Cheek-ImplantsChin implants for augmentation (mentoplasty) are usually placed via small incisions either in the mouth or under the chin, and the procedures are typically performed with general anesthesia. There may be some bruising and swelling with most resolving within two weeks. Cheek augmentation is also known as malar augmentation and may involve incisions within the upper mouth or along the lower eyelids.

Cheek Augmentation Using Fat Grafting

Fat grafting (fat transfers, fat injections) deserves special notice. This is a wonderful technique for augmenting the cheek area and is also used in many other areas from the brows to the lips. Small fragments of fat are grafted (sometimes we use the word transferred) into the area requiring volume. With time, some of the fat will establish itself in the new area providing volume to that area. The expected amount of fat to survive in an area depends on the different anatomical sites.

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Fat grafting requires obtaining fat somewhere else on your body. This done with a mini liposuction technique, usually with local anesthesia. The fat is processed and ultimately placed in small syringes and then injected in to the area on the face that requires filling. Technique is extremely important in the amount of “take” of the fat. Fat injections to the face can be done separately or in conjunction with other procedures, most commonly a facelift.

Recovering from Cheek Augmentation

The length and other aspects of your recovery will vary based on the type of cheek augmentation performed and other factors. Non-surgical treatments require little to no downtime. There may be some swelling and redness around the injection sites. Bruising, swelling, and some discomfort can be expected after surgery, but these issues will subside over the next week or so.

The Cost of Cheek Augmentation

The cost of your cheek augmentation in Boston will be based on several factors. During your consultation at Volpe Plastic Surgery, Dr. Volpe can go over the details of your procedure and let you know what the expected cost of your cheek augmentation will be. We do offer financing options.

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Contact Dr Volpe Plastic Surgery Boston at today to schedule a consultation in our Newton or Back Bay offices for your cheek implants. We are here to provide you with the attentive excellent care you need throughout the entire process and we are dedicated to providing you with the results you want.

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