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Cheek Augmentation


Various Cheek Augmentation Methods Can Help You Achieve Beautiful Facial Contours

Cheek augmentation at our Scottsdale, AZ, practice can enhance dull, undefined cheekbones. Dr. Dustin Heringer offers injectable fillers, fat grafting, and facial implants. When you come to Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery for your initial consultation, Dr. Heringer will outline all three processes in depth. He can also review your budget and cosmetic goals, helping you choose the most appropriate treatment option. Dr. Heringer is highly skilled at performing all three cheek augmentation procedures. Though he can dramatically improve the proportions of your face, he will also consider your overall appearance to provide lifelike results.

Are You a Candidate for Cheek Augmentation?

There are a number of reasons that you might consider cheek augmentation. Like many patients, you may want to reverse the signs of aging. As you get older, fat cells can begin to break down, giving your face a sunken look. This process can also create bags or hollows under your eyes, and decreased skin elasticity can exacerbate this effect. On the other hand, you may feel that you have naturally undefined cheeks, and you simply want to improve your appearance while you are younger. In either case, you should be generally healthy without any chronic illnesses, such as an autoimmune disease or skin infection.

Cheek Augmentation Treatment Options

There are three options for cheek augmentation. The right one for you will depend on your desired results, your budget, and the amount of time you can devote to recovery.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are the simplest option, although they will also achieve a less dramatic effect than other treatments. If you are looking for a slight lift that can also fill out bags or hollows under your eyes, this may be the right method. JuvedermĀ® XC and RestylaneĀ® are smooth gels that can increase volume and decrease wrinkles. Your practitioner will place them at specific locations to achieve the best possible results. Though you may receive a local anesthetic, sedation is not required. Results can last up to a year and the unique formula in these fillers will allow you to retain a full range of normal facial expressions. You can receive repeat treatments if desired.

Fat Grafting

Fat grafting can be a great solution if you desire a more noticeable change, and you want permanent results. During this two-stage process, Dr. Heringer will eliminate fat cells from another area of your body, like your abdomen or buttocks. An advantage of this process is that you can simultaneously refine your overall figure even as you enhance your face. Then the doctor will purify the fat cells and inject them in your cheeks. Placing the injections at varying depths, he can achieve a gently rounded and highly natural effect.  

Though he can dramatically improve the proportions of your face, Dr. Heringer will also consider your overall appearance to provide lifelike results.

Cheek Implants

Silicone implants are usually the first choice for cheek augmentation because they offer permanent results. While fat grafting effects are also permanent, they are typically less pronounced, and your body may absorb some of the fat cells. Implants require a more involved surgical process, but most patients feel that the investment is worthwhile. Dr. Heringer will administer local anesthesia and another deeper form of sedation. Then he will create small incisions either inside your lower eyelids or inside your mouth. In this way, he can easily place the implants over your cheekbones without leaving visible scars. The implants will be solid, but they will feel like natural tissue. Additionally, Dr. Heringer will meticulously choose the shape that matches your face and desired treatment results. After he has precisely positioned the implants, he will close the incisions with standard or dissolvable stitches.

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