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.
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 Radiesse and Restylane Lyft. 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 $600 – $800 and more than one syringe may be recommended for fullness. Exact pricing can be given at the time of your initial consultation.
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 and Restylane Lyft are closer to 12-18 months. 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.