As we age, the skin on our body loses some of its elasticity (about one percent per year after age 25) and our normal healthy facial fat begins to diminish. This causes the face to look hollow or gaunt in areas.
These issues often make men and women look much older than they are, and definitely older than they feel. The cheek is one of the most susceptible areas on the body for this aging appearance. And while this may cause you some frustration, it is important to know that there are several effective options available to enhance the appearance and youthful fullness of your cheeks.
Dr. Butler is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has been performing surgical and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation in the Santa Monica area for many years.
Rejuvenation of the cheeks and mid-face encompasses injectable volume replacement (with commercially prepared injectables), or injection fat grafting (with one’s own fat). Additionally, energy-based devices (lasers or radio frequency) and placement of lifting threads can be considered as non-surgical cheek enhancement options. Surgical options include facelift surgery and/or placement of permanent volume-enhancing implants.
Dr. Butler has expertise with all of these methods, and can help you understand which option is best for you.
What Can Cheek Enhancement Do for You?
Get Rid of Sagging Skin
The presence of sagging skin can make you look heavier, older, and frumpier than you want. Cheek enhancement can tighten and rejuvenate the appearance of the skin in the cheeks to give you a more contoured and younger look.
Add Volume and Lift
Your skin loses collagen and elastin as it ages. This causes the skin (especially the skin in the cheeks) to appear sunken and hollow. However, cheek enhancement surgery can increase the volume of your cheeks to make your face and cheeks look healthier and more refreshed than they have in years.
Many men and women are embarrassed by the appearance of their face. They may cover themselves with clothing or sunglasses and hats when they go out, but this is no way to live. You should be proud of the way you look. After your cheek enhancement, you will be able to go outside with a smile on your face, knowing that you have nothing to hide.
What Are the Steps of My Cheek Enhancement Treatment?
At your consultation, Dr. Butler will examine your cheeks and face to help you decide which cheek enhancement treatment is right for you.
If your skin is experiencing severe sagging, then he may recommend a facelift surgery, which will tighten the underlying tissue and remove any excess skin in your cheek area. Implant surgery will also be considered.
At your consultation, Dr. Butler will provide you with pre- and post-operative instructions to help you achieve the best results possible, such as:
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid drinking alcohol
- Stop taking certain medications that may hinder healing
- Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen a week prior to your scheduled treatment
Nonsurgical Cheek Enhancement Options
Dr. Butler is proud to offer a selection of different nonsurgical injectable treatments that can help you achieve a fuller, smoother, and more noticeable look to your cheeks and face, including:
Use of lasers, radio frequency, and thread lifting options will also be reviewed.
After your cheek enhancement treatment, you will have smoother and fuller cheeks that will compliment the rest of your face. With this new appearance, you will feel more comfortable and confident in the way you look.
Injectable cheek enhancement requires no downtime. Though you may have some redness and swelling, these will dissipate within a day or two, and you’ll be able to show off your results in no time.
Because these cheek enhancement treatments are injected into the skin, there will be no scars for you to worry about.
Like any cosmetic procedure, the cost of cheek enhancement varies with each patient and procedure. This is due to various aspects, including the size of the area being treated and whether your treatment is being combined with any other.
A topical ointment can be administered before your treatment to reduce any discomfort, but there is generally no pain during the cheek enhancement injection. You may feel some general soreness in the area after the treatment, but this can be mediated with medication.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for cheek enhancement?
If you suffer from either sagging skin in your cheeks or sunken cheeks, then cheek enhancement may be right for you. Candidates should be non-smoking men and women in good general health who have realistic expectations for their results.
Can my cheek enhancement treatment be combined with other treatments?
Yes. Many patients choose to combine their cheek enhancement treatments with others to give even more dynamic results.
Are there surgical options for my cheek enhancement?
Depending on the severity of sagging skin in your cheeks, facelift surgery, fat grafting and or implant placement may be recommended. This surgery can provide youthful volume and also help to tighten the underlying tissues and skin of your face and neck.
Will my cheek enhancement results be permanent?
Aging and the effects of gravity continue and injectable enhancement is long lasting but not permanent. It can be repeated or added to as needed. Fat grafting provides permanent improvement, but may require future addition of fat as some will dissipate.
Surgical options provide the most lasting results often for many years.
A healthy lifestyle, including diet and exercise, can help prolong your results.