The proportions of the facial structure may look out of balance if the cheekbones are under-developed or hollow. At South Coast Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of procedures to enhance the contour and structure of your cheeks.
In some cases, an injectable filler is sufficient to help with this problem. We offer both temporary and permanent fillers. The effect on the cheekbones of the temporary filler typically lasts between 1 and 2 years, then the treatment can be repeated.
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Our surgeons also specialize in lipofilling, also known as lipostructure treatments. By transplanting the patient’s own fat (lipostructure) we can create more volume in certain areas of the body and face. We will usually harvest the fat from the hips or the tummy and transplant it to the desired area.
Another option is cheek implants. Implants are inserted to enhance the appearance of cheekbones or to make the cheeks fuller. This procedure can make your face appear more youthful or balance your facial features, making you feel more attractive.
There are three general shapes of cheek implants:
- Malar — These implants are placed directly over the cheekbones, providing higher projection
- Submalar — These implants provide fuller cheeks, rounding out a gaunt, or sunken, appearance
- Combined — A combined implant augments both the cheekbones and the cheeks
Scarring is minimal as the incisions are made inside the mouth or along the lower eyelid into which the implant is inserted. If another cosmetic procedure is being performed at the same time, such as a facelift or eyelid surgery, the implants may be inserted through those incisions.
Following surgery, patients can expect some swelling and mild bruising. Patients typically tolerate the recovery process well, but may take prescribed pain medication for several days following the procedure. You can expect to resume normal activities and return to work within a week, but will be required to refrain from strenuous physical activities for a