Cheek Augmentation Procedures
One type of craniofacial surgerythat can really reduce the appearance of aging is cheek augmentation. Losing fat in the face is a natural part of the aging process, however, this normal loss can create a gaunt, sunken look that can make you appear older.
Cheek Augmentation Options
The strategic look of cheek fillers or cheek implants will plump up the areas of fat loss, creating a subtle, youthful appearance. There are a variety of procedures that can be used to plump up the face. It is important to select a cosmetic surgeon experienced in these procedures to create the most natural look.
Cheek injections are a temporary procedure used to plump up the face. Dr. Nesmith uses an injectable filler, typically a combination of products, such as hyaluronic acid based gels and a longer lasting collagen boosting product, to increase volume in the face. Results from these injections last between six months and a year.
Injectable fillers allow you to go for a very subtle improvement or a more aggressive style, simply by varying the amount of filler used. The results are not permanent, so it is a good choice for individuals who are unsure about cosmetic procedures or those who are looking for a noninvasive procedure to boost their appearance.
Malar implants are facial implants used to rebuild volume lost to the normal aging process. The loss of fat along the facial midline, under the eyes and alongside the nose, are distinguishing characteristics that create an older appearance. Boosting the volume in this area creates a more youthful appearance.
Malar implants are placed on the cheekbone and held in place with a small screw. The screw holds the implant in place, preventing it from shifting and making it feel like part of the bone. These implants will last for decades and possibly forever. Placement of the implant is extremely important. Placing it too far back or too high will not create the youthful look you are aiming for. Instead, it will push the eyes shut or create an unnatural, shelf-like appearance.
Cheek Augmentation Recovery Times
Following cheek implant surgery, you will want to take it easy for a few days, although you should feel fine. A little soreness and swelling is normal. You may also notice a little tightness in your cheek area from the added volume of the implant. That sensation will go away quickly.
Your recovery will progress quicker if you keep your head elevated to minimize swelling. If the implant is inserted through your mouth, a bland, soft diet for a few days will help you stay comfortable. If the implant incision is made through the eyelid, you will receive specific instructions to help minimize dryness and speed healing.
Gainesville Plastic Surgery
When considering cosmetic surgery in Gainesville, it is important to select an experienced plastic surgeon. Your satisfaction with the procedure you have done has less to do with your choice between cheek fillers or implants and more to do with the quality of the procedure itself.
Gainesville plastic surgeon Dr. Nesmith has experience with all types of cheek augmentation procedures. He can describe the benefits of each procedure and help you determine which one makes the most sense for you. Contact our office to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward loving your cheeks.