Cheekbones bring a more defined structure to the face and are considered a symbol of youth and natural beauty. Some people may have inherited a flatter facial structure and dream of having a more sculpted look. Others may have lost definition at the cheekbones due to lost volume. Cheek augmentation surgery can provide aesthetically-pleasing facial contour, while maintaining balance and a natural appearance.
What is Cheek Augmentation?
Cheek augmentation is the enhancement of the cheek structure with either fillers or implants. The simplicity and longevity of the procedure makes it a popular choice to create definition as well as a lifting effect.
How Do Cheek Implants Work?
Cheek implants have been used since the 1950s and there are various types of cheek implants in use today including Gortex, Medpor, and silicon. After discussing your vision of beauty with Dr. Siegel, the best size, shape and material can be selected. During surgery, the chosen implants will be inserted beneath the skin on top or slightly underneath your current cheekbones to enhance the beauty of your facial structure.
Who is a Good Candidate for Cheek Implants?
Patients who have less defined cheekbones or have noticed that age has led to lost definition or contour in their facial structure can benefit from cheek implants. Reach out to schedule a consultation with Dr. Siegel to determine if cheek implant augmentation is right for you.
What Should I ExpectDuring a Cheek Augmentation Procedure?
Cheek augmentation surgery is an outpatient procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, or with general anesthesia. After the anesthesia is administered and takes effect, Dr. Siegel will make two small incisions either inside your mouth inside your upper lip, or inside the lower eyelid to avoid creating visible scars.
The implants customized to your shape will be inserted in these incisions into a pocket created around the bony surface of the cheek. The implants may be inserted on top (malar implant) or below the cheekbone (submalar implant) or shaped to extend both on top and under (malar/submalar implant) the cheekbone.
After the implant is positioned, it will be stabilized by a screw before the incisions are sutured. If the incisions were made in the eyelid, the sutures must be removed 10 days after the surgery. If the incisions were made in the mouth, the sutures will dissolve after ten days.
Recovery from Cheek Implants
The entire surgery takes about an hour and you will be able to return home the same day. There is minimal discomfort associated with cheek implant surgery, but you may experience swelling around the cheeks and eyes for 48 to 72 hours. The swelling will mostly disappear within days, but a feeling of numbness may linger for several weeks. It’s advised to avoid strenuous activity for two weeks and avoid sleeping on your side or front for six to eight weeks.
What is the cost of cheek augmentation in Houston?
The cost of a cheek augmentation with Dr. Siegel varies, but typically ranges between $3,500 to $5,000.
Double Board-Certified and focused exclusively on Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Siegel is one of Houston’s most respected experts in facial surgery. Dr. Siegel is passionate about delivering natural-looking and balanced results without a pulled, tight, or distorted appearance. Featuring a state-of-the-art facility combined with a luxurious boutique atmosphere, FACE Facial Plastic Surgery is the premier destination for those looking for a top-tier experience.
People travel from across the US and the world for an improved look by Dr. Siegel, but many are right here in the Houston area. We often see patients from Cypress, Spring, Bellaire, Sugar Land, Fulshear, Humble, Katy, and other nearby communities. We also see many patients from other areas in Texas, including Austin, San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, Midland, Odessa, to name a few. Wherever you are, we look forward to helping you achieve your best look.
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