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Non-Surgical Vs. Surgical Cheek Augmentation

Non-Surgical Vs. Surgical Cheek Augmentation

High, strong cheekbones are considered the hallmark of classic beauty. If you’re not born with them, cheek augmentation is a wonderful way to get those full, defined cheeks you desire. The procedure can be done surgically, or with the use of fillers and other alternatives. How do you decide between non-surgical vs surgical cheek augmentation? Let’s take a look at some essential information about the procedures.

Why Choose Cheek Augmentation?

The cheekbones are prone to deflation and tend to lose volume as a natural part of the aging process. Since the cheeks provide the underlying structure the face needs to remain high and lifted, there is a downward slide once those cheeks start to sag.

Cheek augmentation is the procedure that can help solve the problem of the aging face because when the cheeks are filled, everything else gets a lift. It transforms the entire facial architecture because it diminishes wrinkles and folds, improves the hollow areas below the eyes and refines the jawline.

Non-Surgical Vs. Surgical Cheek Augmentation

There are now more options available to men and women who want to improve their appearance without undergoing surgery. The benefits of using these alternatives include lower costs, less downtime, and fewer complications.

Within the last few decades, the use of soft tissue fillers (dermal fillers) has become standard practice for various aspects of facial remodeling, including cheek augmentation. Fillers are an ideal alternative for individuals with minimal sagging in the cheeks, who only desire mild to moderate changes in their cheeks, to correct the early signs of aging.

Soft Tissue Fillers for Cheek Augmentation

There are a variety of fillers used to provide definition to the cheeks and rebuild the planes of the face, but they don’t all last for the same amount of time. Hyaluronic acid based fillers are among the most popular because they help to stimulate collagen formation. As collagen production increases, there will be further improvement in the definition of the cheeks, because collagen helps to tighten the skin.

Juvederm Voluma has been FDA cleared for cheek augmentation. The primary ingredient in Juvederm is hyaluronic acid. Voluma provides longer lasting correction because it is specially designed to plump the cheeks.

What to Expect

After treatment there will be some minor swelling, but virtually no downtime.  The results last for 6-12 months on average, but this depends on the type of filler used. Achieving results that appear natural when fillers are used for cheek augmentation requires skill and precision, as doctors have to ensure that the filler is correctly placed.

Cheek Augmentation with Implants

This involves the use of solid cheek implants that are usually made of silicone. These facial implants restore youthfulness to the cheeks and give the entire face an instant lift. Although the implants are meant to be permanent, they can be removed should any complication arise. Cheek augmentation with implants is meant for individuals who require more extensive volumizing of the cheeks.

The Procedure

Cheek augmentation with implants is an outpatient procedure that takes less than an hour to complete. The incisions for surgery are made on the inside of the mouth and the cheek implants are placed over the cheekbone.

There is generally some swelling after cheek augmentation, but this usually resolves within 10 days. Lots of rest is recommended in order to speed up the recovery process. There have been very few incidences of complications with this procedure.

Which is Better?

Over the long term cheek implants are a less costly option because they are permanent, but filler injections generally need to be repeated in order to maintain the results.

Cheek implants are better suited for individuals with structural defects such as sunken cheeks, or a deformed jaw line.

Who is a Good Candidate?

If your cheeks lack definition, or if they are flat and deflated, you would likely be a good candidate for cheek augmentation.

If you would like to learn more about non-surgical vs surgical cheek augmentation contact Correa Plastic Surgery, The Woodlands, TX. Call 281-419-9119 today to book a consultation with Dr. Bryan Correa, or go online to During your consultation Dr. Correa will review the available options with you, and determine the most suitable treatment based on you aesthetic goals.

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