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Cheek Augmentation: Fat, Fillers or Implants?

Full cheeks are associated with youthfulness and health, and in order to increase the size of the cheeks, you may utilize fillers that consist of hyaluronic acid or your own fat. Moreover, you can choose implants, which are generally made of silicone or polyethylene.

Hyaluronic Acid

This natural compound is found in connective tissue and in neural tissue, and the substance is able to enhance the smoothness of the skin. Furthermore, hyaluronic acid can eliminate wrinkles and fine lines.

The ingredient is frequently added to creams; however, the compound is not able to reach the deeper layers of the skin when it is applied topically. Once the substance has been injected into the cheeks, the effects will generally last for four months to six months. In some cases, hyaluronic acid is combined with hydrogels, and the results of this formula may be evident for 12 months to 2 years, as is the case with Juvederm Voluma.

Fat Transfer to the Cheeks

When performing this procedure, a physician will extract a small amount of fat from a section of the person’s body. Subsequently, the fat will be injected into the cheeks. The autologous fat usually remains in place for several years, and although more permanent than fillers like Juvederm, patients may need to have repeated fat injections.

Silicone Cheek Implants

Silicone will provide permanent results unless the implants are removed. This process is more invasive than the injection of fillers or fat, yet numerous studies have indicated that most patients are satisfied with the results of the procedure. Furthermore, if the patient has a deficiency of cheek bone, an implant is indicated for best results, while injectables or fat injections are best for fat loss in the cheeks to restore plumpness.  A consultation from a board-certified plastic surgeon will help you determine which type of cheek augmentation is right for you.

Requesting an Appointment

If you schedule a free consultation, our board-certified plastic surgeons can offer information about the techniques that they use and the potential side effects. Furthermore, our surgeons will provide photographs that show the results of each type of procedure.


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