Cheek Implants Augmentation Surgery
Facial cheek implants augmentation surgery can improve the appearance of the face by restoring lost shape, definition and contour. Bone remodeling refers to the body’s natural process for the removal and replacement of bone tissue and this is affected by genetics, nutrition, exercise and hormonal loss. As part of normal aging, the remodeling process may shift out of balance, resulting in an uneven facial appearance that may not have been noticeable previously. When bone loss and demineralization is accompanied by a thinning of fat beneath the skin, this may cause a sunken, hollow or flattened appearance to the mid face region, affecting the overall expression of the face. The best option when this occurs is often times to proceed with cheek implants, rather than filler injections.
Cheek augmentation is appropriate for young men and women who seek increased projection to the cheekbones and wish to improve the balance of specific facial features, or for those older, seeking to augment the mid face and restore volume and firmness to sunken regions. The procedure of inserting and positioning cheek implants in the mid face area can build up facial bone structure and contour and bring better balance and proportion to the entire face. Specifically, a cheek implant procedure may be used to fill sunken areas, adding both fullness and firmness and decreasing folds and wrinkles around the mouth. Cheek implants may bring softness and elegance to a hollow, gaunt facial appearance.
Although used alone, facial implants are often used in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as a chin augmentation or a facelift for a more natural and balanced rejuvenation result. With the combined approach, the cheek implant may be inserted through the incisions made for those procedures. During your consultation for cheek implants augmentation surgery, whether it be in Chicago, Northfield, or Hoffman Estates, Dr. Geroulis will evaluate the approach and technique most appropriate for your facial structure.
A cheek implant procedure is usually performed through a small incision hidden inside the upper lip or in the natural crease of the lower eyelids below the lower eyelash. The skin tissues are elevated and a pocket is created. The pocket is expertly positioned directly over the cheekbone and a pliable implant is inserted through the small opening. Once the implant is in place, detailed and expert adjustments are made to produce an optimal result that is balanced and natural to the shape of the face. Scars are hidden in skin creases where they are difficult to detect, and they will fade considerably over time, making them almost imperceptible.
You will notice results from a cheek implant procedure immediately. With time the implant with further soften to provide a natural appearance. The implants are placed so that they are unlikely to shift, and the tissue surrounding the implants will stretch accordingly, over the following months, to integrate with the underlying tissue and bone. The implant material is gradually covered by the body’s own tissue after implantation and will mold to produce a seamless result.
Filler injections to the cheekbones provide another approach to cheek augmentation. A hyaluronic acid, such as Restylane or Juvederm, can be injected into the cheek area to add fullness and contour. Autologous fat or lipofilling is considered a “more permanent” option. Although all injections eventually undergo complete resorption and subsequent injections are needed, they do provide, to those not quite ready for a cosmetic procedure, the opportunity to preview results that may be achieved with a more permanent approach.
Board certified Chicago cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Anthony J. Geroulis is professor of surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center. His private medical surgical facility, North Shore Center for Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery is located in Northfield, with offices in Chicago and Hoffman Estates. His facility services patients throughout Illinois to achieve the most innovative, natural looking results through cheek implants augmentation surgery in Chicago. Contact the facility to explore your options with Dr. Anthony Geroulis for the most advanced cheek augmentation procedures on the North Shore. Please call 847-441-4441 to schedule a consultation for cheek implant surgery at either of the Chicago, Northfield or Hoffman Estates locations.