About Cheek Augmentation
Hollow or sunken cheeks can make you appear significantly older than you actually are, and no one wants to be mistaken for being older than their true age. At The Bensimon Center, plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Bensimon offers cheek augmentation to restore youthful facial contours. Cheek augmentation is accomplished with either temporary dermal fillers or longer-lasting cheek implants. During your initial consultation, Dr. Bensimon can discuss the pros and cons of both options in detail and what will best fit your concerns and goals. Contact our Portland, OR office to schedule a consultation and learn how cheek augmentation can help you get a younger, fuller-looking face.
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Ideal candidates for cheek augmentation are men and women who:
- Want fuller cheeks
- Have age-related volume loss in their cheeks
- Have naturally flat or hollow cheeks
- Have lost a significant amount of weight, resulting in deflated cheeks
- Have asymmetry in their cheeks caused by genetics, a health condition, or an injury
- Are in overall good health
Dermal fillers are a good option for patients who want to avoid the time and expense of surgery. Since dermal fillers are temporary, it can also help patients get a better idea of the amount of volume and lift they want before committing to surgical cheek augmentation. Cheek implants are better for those who want a longer-lasting solution and are able to commit time to recovery after surgery.
Prior to your procedure, Dr. Bensimon will perform a detailed exam to create a treatment plan that is ideal for your unique facial structure. During your consultation, you will decide on your preferred method: surgical cheek implants or nonsurgical dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers can be performed in our Portland, OR office as an outpatient procedure in about 20 – 30 minutes. With fillers, the points of injection will be marked along the hollows of the cheeks. Then, the fillers will be gently injected into the cheeks and massaged to create an even fullness. You will be able to leave immediately after the procedure and continue your normal activities.
Surgical cheek augmentation is an outpatient procedure that is performed in an accredited facility since patients are usually put under with general anesthesia. Once you are prepped, small incisions will be created inside the mouth through the upper gums so a pocket can be made over the cheekbone. Then, the implants will be securely placed and the incisions will be sutured. The surgery usually takes about an hour, and you will be released to a responsible adult to recover at home.
What to Expect
With surgery, you should expect to experience swelling, tightness, and bruising for 1 – 2 weeks following your procedure. Vigorous activity that will cause your facial muscles to strain (like weight lifting) should be avoided for 7 – 10 days. Optimal healing usually takes about two months, but the results are long-lasting.
With dermal fillers, your face may feel sore with minor swelling for about 3 – 5 days. Ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to ease your discomfort. Optimal results are usually seen in 10 – 14 days. Follow-up treatments will be needed as fillers are a temporary treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does cheek augmentation cost?
Getting connected with the right plastic surgeon can be invaluable. Depending on the method of augmentation you choose to have with Dr. Bensimon, the costs of your procedure can vary. After the consultation and treatment planning session, one of our patient coordinators will go over your costs. Dr. Bensimon's experience, education, and artistic eye are all well worth the investment you will make in your facial appearance.
What type of dermal fillers do you use for injections?
When selecting synthetic dermal fillers for your cheeks, Dr. Bensimon does have a preference. For many years, The Bensimon Center has had reliable, consistent results from the Juvéderm product line of dermal fillers, particularly Voluma, for the cheeks. As a formulation of hyaluronic acid, Voluma can enhance the cheeks by filling in sunken, hollow areas beneath the surface of your skin. This is a temporary solution for volume loss or for the appearance of having higher cheekbones. Rest assured, when you are at The Bensimon Center, our highly experienced nurse practitioner will be performing the injections for you for excellent, reliable results that will have your cheeks looking younger, fuller, and refined.
What if I have an asymmetrical face?
You would be surprised to hear that many people, even some models and celebrities, have asymmetrical faces. It is natural to think that not having a mirror-like reflection of both sides of your face is an abnormality. If you are concerned that your facial asymmetry is unattractive or that you do not have a balance to your overall facial appearance because of the volume or height of your cheekbones, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Bensimon to have him assess your options. If you are considering a cheek implant or filler to make your cheekbones the same height and/or higher, please call today to schedule your appointment.
Can I have a fat grafting performed to fill in my cheeks?
Yes. In fact, Dr. Bensimon uses advanced fat grafting techniques for the restoration of volume in the soft tissues of the face and around the orbits. Using your own fat can create a more youthful shape to your face and may even feel more natural to the touch than a synthetic implant or a temporary dermal filler. To determine if a fat grafting procedure is right for you, we recommend setting up an appointment with Dr. Bensimon for an exam and consultation at our office in Portland, OR.
Get Full, Beautiful Cheeks
Do you have naturally flat or hollow cheeks? Or have your cheeks lost their fullness after significant weight loss or age? Contact our Portland, OR office to schedule a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Bensimon and learn about your options to enhance your mid-face. Whether you choose a surgical or nonsurgical option, you can transform your appearance with cheek augmentation at The Bensimon Center.