Surgical Cheek Enhancement Can Help Create a Balanced, Youthful Facial Appearance

The Center for Facial Aesthetics at University Hospitals Department of Plastic Surgery in Cleveland, Ohio, specializes in surgical cheek enhancements, or malar augmentation.

Cheek enhancement is a surgical procedure intended to highlight or emphasize the cheekbones, creating a more proportioned and balanced facial appearance. Older patients with sunken cheeks can achieve a fuller, youthful look with surgical cheek enhancements, and younger patients can achieve a look with stronger, more defined cheekbones.

Types of Cheek Enhancements

There are different procedures for check enhancements. To augment the cheek (malar) region, UH plastic surgeons may place a solid implant over the cheekbone or use injectable filler materials such as Restylane® or Juvederm® or the patient’s own fat.

Ideal Candidates for Cheek Enhancements

Ideal candidates are those who want definition of the face, particularly in the malar region. Candidates should be in good physical and emotional health and not allergic to the implant material. Patients should have realistic expectations of the results of the procedure. This goal can be achieved with use of implants or injection of the patients own fat.

Performing Cheek Enhancement Surgery

Cheek enhancement surgery is often performed along with a facelift or a chin implant. The surgery takes 1 to 1.5 hours and is performed as an outpatient procedure under deep sedation or general anesthesia. Strenuous activities should be avoided for three weeks after the surgery. The patients will be advised to avoid consumption of aspirin and NSAIDS for three weeks before and a week after surgery.

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