The exact procedure will be different for each patient, as the techniques to be used will depend on the patient’s unique concerns and on the type of results they want to achieve. Generally, however, the standard procedure will involve strategic augmentation of the cheek’s bony and soft tissue components.
With bony augmentation, the goal is to lift the position of the cheekbone and to improve its anterior or lateral projection. To sculpt the cheek into a more desirable and masculine shape, Dr. Sedgh may use one of two approaches: dermal fillers or facial implants.
Fillers are a temporary but long-lasting option. Dr. Sedgh will strategically inject a robust filler such as Restylane, Juvederm or Sculptra (also stimulates collagen production) into specific areas of the cheek to create the desired cheekbone shape.
Implants, on the other hand, are for those seeking a more permanent outcome. Once the implant has been prepared, the doctor will administer a local anesthetic before carefully making a hidden incision inside the mouth through which the implant will be inserted.
Soft Tissue Augmentation
The soft tissue component of the cheeks, which includes skin, muscle, and fat, can be augmented using either dermal fillers or fat grafts. Both methods involve the strategic injection of the chosen material directly into the area, and are designed to help increase fullness in the cheeks and achieve a healthier, more youthful look.
Excess cheek fat can also be addressed through a buccal fat removal procedure, which involves the removal or reduction of the buccal fat pads within the cheeks.
Cheek augmentation procedures are often performed in conjunction with chin and jaw augmentation to further improve the facial contours and increase the masculine quality of the face.