Cheek Augmentation Overview
Treats: Cheeks that lack or have lost fullness and definition
Length: 15 minutes to two hours, depending on the procedure performed
Anesthesia: None for fillers or fat, awake for implants
Side Effects: Mild bruising or swelling with fillers or fat, which may persist for a few days. Surgical side effects include bruising, swelling and tenderness for the first week after the procedure.
Risks: Anytime a patient has surgery, there is a risk of bleeding, infection, scarring, or side effects from anesthesia.
Recovery: Patients return to regular activities immediately following fillers or fat transfer. Surgical implants require a few days of downtime.
Duration of Results: 6-12 months for fillers. Fat transfer lasts up to three years and cheek implants can be permanent.
Remarkable Care, Exceptional Results
“I felt my cheeks needed something but wasn’t ready for a surgical procedure. Dr. K injected my cheeks which gave me the fullness and lifting vision I was looking for. The procedure was quick, pain free and results where immediate.”
The midface is an area of the face that can be a source of concern for many patients. Strong or full cheekbones are attractive, as they give a soft, healthy, and awake appearance. When volume is lost, or a patient never had sufficient definition here, it can affect the entire appearance.
People may be born with weak cheekbones or lose volume in the area when they age. This contributes to a gaunt look and can also detract from the look of your eyes. If you have flat cheekbones, a cheek augmentation can add definition and create balance and harmony for the entire face.
The top aesthetic destination of the south, Carolina Facial Plastics, is led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh. With his team of cosmetic experts, a fully accredited surgery center, and a private recovery retreat all located in the heart of SouthPark, Carolina Facial Plastics is known for
unparalleled and natural-looking results exclusively for the face.
At Carolina Facial Plastics in Charlotte, we offer both surgical and nonsurgical methods of cheek rejuvenation. Our highly skilled staff consisting of our board-certified nurse practitioner, Courtney Whitley, our physician assistant Heather Bryant, and facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kulbersh, can help you achieve your desired look with a treatment plan customized to your precise needs and goals.
Not all patients will require surgery to create full and defined cheeks. If you are looking for a softer enhancement in the cheek and under-eye area, filler injections such as Restylane Lyft or Juvederm Voluma are great options. In addition to adding fullness, injectable fillers for the face will lift your cheeks to create a youthful appearance.
Cheek implants are used to increase the projection of the cheekbones. Dr. Kulbersh uses them in patients that want a longer-lasting improvement. The implants allow for the creation of increased balance and facial proportion. This has a great effect on improving the appearance of your eyes and defines the face.
Dr. Kulbersh prefers to use silicone implants for the cheek area because they are both safe and long-lasting. These implants can also be easily removed if the patient ever chooses to do so in the future.
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Autologous fat transfer is commonly used to build-up the cheeks. Fat is taken from the belly or thighs and then meticulously injected into the cheek area. This is a great option that Dr. Kulbersh commonly recommends during a facelift, neck lift, or eyelift. The additional volume in the cheeks can turn a good result into a great result.
Whether you decide to go with cheek implants, fat transfer, or fillers for your cheek augmentation, volume will be restored to your midface, and you will have a more youthful appearance.
Nonsurgical cheek augmentation is a relatively comfortable procedure that rarely requires downtime afterward. Patients might experience mild swelling or bruising for a few days after treatment.
Some patients report that their cheeks feel tight the night after cheek implant surgery, but significant pain is rarely an issue. You will be provided with pain medication to manage any discomfort you do experience. Your sutures will be removed 1-2 weeks following surgery. Bruising and swelling typically lasts for up to 2 weeks.
For the most advanced cheek augmentation treatment and recovery experience, Dr. Kulbersh opened Fairview Surgical Suites and Fairview Recovery Retreat. These state-of-the-art facilities are dedicated to providing patients with high-quality surgical treatment followed by private post-operative healing in a luxurious 5-star hotel setting.
Schedule your surgical cheek augmentation and post-operative recovery at Fairview Surgical Suites and Fairview Recovery Retreat today.
Dr. Kulbersh and his expert team offer a variety of options in cheek augmentation. To find out which procedure is right for you, contact us today to schedule your consultation by completing our online contact form or giving us a call at 704-842-3644.
Frequently asked questions
Patients who lose volume in their cheeks with age can benefit from a cheek augmentation. Additionally, patients who have always had weak or flat cheeks can use one of these treatments to improve their facial appearance.
Patients undergoing cheek augmentation should be in good health and have realistic expectations about the outcome of their results.
Dr. Kulbersh performs cheek implant surgery using local anesthesia. He typically makes a small incision inside your mouth to the proper size and shape of the implant. The implant will be properly positioned within the pocket and stabilized to prevent it from moving out of place. Supportive tissue forms around the implant over the next few weeks. Once healed, the implant feels like your normal underlying bone structure.
This is a widespread concern of patients that are avid exercisers. They are often in great shape and do not have enough fat for a fat transfer procedure. There may be some bone loss in rare cases, which would make a patient a good candidate for a cheek implant. More commonly, Dr. Kulbersh will use facial fillers like Restylane Lyft, or a collagen stimulator such as Sculptra or Radiesse, to build up the cheeks. Although not proven, cheek fillers appear to not last as long in people that are active exercisers.
The initial results will be visible almost immediately. However, you will not see the full results for a few months because it takes some time for the swelling to fully dissipate.
Yes. Cheek implants and other types of cheek augmentation can be performed in conjunction with other procedures. For instance, combining cheek augmentation with a facelift can help you achieve an even better result than a facelift alone.
Yes. Weight loss can cause loss of facial soft tissue and lead to a gaunt look. Many patients seek out a cheek augmentation after significant weight loss to restore volume to the face.