Introduction Cheek Augmentation
High cheek bones and fullness in the mid-face area has long signified youthfulness and health in our society. Unfortunately, as we age we tend to lose volume in the cheeks and mid-face, which often leaves one looking gaunt and unhealthy. As the cheeks begin to sag, nasolabial folds – smile lines around the mouth – tend to become more pronounced and the jowls begin to droop, which can drastically affect the way one feels about their appearance. Hollowness around the eyes may also occur as volume is lost in the face.
Luckily, there are advanced surgical and non-surgical options available for cheek augmentation at Utah Facial Plastics that restore volume loss to help you look and feel like yourself again.
Understanding Non-Invasive Cheek Enhancements
Non-invasive cheek enhancements have emerged as a popular option for individuals seeking to enhance the appearance of their cheeks without undergoing surgery. These procedures involve the use of cosmetic fillers to add volume, contour, and lift to the cheeks, achieving natural-looking results. By addressing issues such as flatness, hollowness, or sagging in the cheek area, non-invasive cheek enhancements can help individuals achieve a more youthful and rejuvenated facial appearance.
One of the primary advantages of non-invasive cheek enhancements is that they offer a convenient and relatively quick solution compared to surgical procedures. Instead of going under the knife, patients can undergo these treatments during short office visits without the need for extensive downtime or recovery. This makes it an attractive option for those who seek noticeable improvements without major disruptions to their daily lives.
Ultimately, understanding non-invasive cheek enhancements requires recognizing that it is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Each patient has unique facial features and aesthetic goals, which necessitates personalized consultations with experienced providers at reputable places like UFP. It is during these consultations that patients can discuss their concerns and expectations while receiving professional advice on suitable treatment options.
Ideal Candidates for Non-Surgical Cheek Augmentation
Non-surgical cheek augmentation using cosmetic fillers is a versatile procedure that can benefit a wide range of individuals looking to enhance their facial appearance. The treatment is suitable for those who desire natural-looking results without undergoing invasive surgery. The ideal candidates for non-surgical cheek augmentation include:
- Individuals with Volume Loss: As we age, our body gradually loses collagen and fat in the cheeks, resulting in a sunken or hollowed-out appearance. Non-surgical cheek augmentation can effectively restore lost volume and plumpness, giving a more youthful look.
- Those Seeking Facial Symmetry: Some people may have naturally asymmetrical cheeks, which can affect their overall facial balance and harmony. By strategically adding volume with cosmetic fillers, non-surgical cheek augmentation helps improve facial symmetry, leading to an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
- Individuals with Flattened Cheeks or Acne Scars: In addition to combating the signs of aging, non-surgical cheek augmentation can also help individuals who have naturally flat or recessed cheeks or who have acne scars on the cheeks. The procedure fills in these depressions, providing a smoother and more refined facial contour.
- Patients Wanting Quick Results: Non-surgical cheek augmentation offers immediate results with little to no downtime. This makes it an attractive option for those who want noticeable changes without having to wait for extensive recovery periods associated with surgical procedures.
- Individuals Interested in Limited Risk and Short Recovery Time: Unlike surgical options, non-surgical cheek augmentation carries minimal risk of complications or adverse side effects when performed by an experienced professional. It also allows for a shorter recovery period compared to surgical alternatives.
Exploring Other Cheek Improvement Alternatives
If you're considering enhancing your cheek appearance but are hesitant about going under the knife, there are alternative options available to achieve your desired results. Non-surgical cheek improvement alternatives offer a safe and effective way to add volume, lift, or contour to the cheeks without the need for invasive procedures. Let's explore some of these alternatives.
One popular option is cheek fillers, also known as injectable dermal fillers. These fillers contain substances like hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the body, making them safe and well-tolerated by most individuals. The filler material is carefully injected into specific areas of the cheeks to restore lost volume, redefine contours, and create a more youthful appearance.
Another alternative to consider is fat grafting or fat transfer. This procedure involves removing fat from one part of your body, such as the abdomen or thighs, and injecting it strategically into your cheeks to enhance their shape and volume. Fat grafting offers a natural-looking result since it uses your own body fat.
For those seeking a non-invasive approach with no downtime, there are cosmetic treatments that utilize energy-based devices. Laser therapy and radiofrequency treatments can stimulate collagen production in the cheeks, leading to increased firmness and fullness over time. These treatments are typically performed in multiple sessions and may require maintenance treatments to sustain the desired results.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a variety of dermal fillers our expert injectors use often to non-surgically to augment the cheek area. The most popular designer injectable is Juvederm Voluma, the first injectable gel approved by the FDA for the cheek area. This injectable adds volume, provides a subtle lift, and restores contour for a more youthful profile. Learn more on our Voluma XC information page. Other products often used for non-surgical cheek. augmentation include Restylane Lyft , Restylane Contour, and RHA4 fillers. It’s best to consult with Dr. Thompson who will determine which non-surgical cheek augmentation product is right for you.
Ideal candidates for non-surgical cheek augmentation are those with mild to moderate volume loss in the mid-face and desire restoration. Younger patients without volume loss can also be great candidates and typically seek cheek augmentation to enhance their cheek bones. At a complimentary consultation your injector can determine whether or not you will aesthetically benefit from non-surgical cheek augmentation.
All of our injectors have extensive experience with cheek augmentation and the use of all dermal fillers. During your consultation, he/she will discuss with you your concerns, goals and ultimate desires with treatment.
They will then examine the structure of your face, assess the quality of your skin and bone structure, and will make recommendations he feels will best help you achieve your aesthetic goals. He will also discuss any risks or complications with non-surgical cheek augmentation. Information on skincare and other procedures may be discussed at that time as well if you’d like.
Financial information will be provided at that time as well. You are then able to proceed with treatment at that same appointment or you may come back to visit one of our surgeons or a Nurse Injector at a late date for treatment.
After determining your are a good candidate for non-surgical cheek augmentation, your injector will recommend either Voluma, Restylane Lyft, or Radiesse to help you achieve your goals.
It is recommended that you avoid aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) for about a week prior to treatment to reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding.
Numbing cream can be applied prior to your procedure but there is generally not much pain associated with non-surgical cheek augmentation, especially if a product containing lidocaine is used. Dr. Thompson, or our Nurse Injector, will then gently inject the product of choice to the mid-face area in a skilled manor to address the area(s) of concern. The entire process takes approximately 15-30 minutes in-office.
If under-eye hollowing is also a concern, Restylane may be used fill in the tear-troughs at the eyelid junction. This is typically in addition to one of the volumizing dermal fillers mentioned above.
An ice pack is given immediately after treatment to reduce swelling and the possibility of bruising following treatment. Slight swelling at the injection site is common but bruising is not, though there is always the risk. You may experience some tenderness, temporary redness and or bumps at the injection site as well. Typically, all will reside on their own within one week following treatment.
There is no downtime and patients are able to resume normal activities immediately after treatment, though it’s best to avoid strenuous exercise, extended exposure to heat, and alcohol consumption for the remainder of the day if possible.
Volumizing dermal fillers range in price from $775- $850 per syringe, and more than one syringe may be recommended for fullness. Exact pricing can be given at the time of your initial consultation and multiple syringes may be discounted for full treatment.
Though it does vary, you can expect treatment to last anywhere from 1-2 years on average. Voluma studies have shown results to last up to 2 years while Radiesse, Restylane Lyft, and RHA fillers are closer to 12-18 months. These studies are based on multiple syringes. Results tend to last longer with prolonged treatment.
Our surgeons also use fat grafting often to restore volume in the mid-face, which can be done as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with other procedures, such as facelift or mid-facelift surgery for full rejuvenation. Cheek implants can be also used for permanent augmentation.