Cosmetic Surgery

Cheek Augmentation

Cheek Enhancement, Non-Surgical Cheek Augmentation, Non Surgical Cheek Enhancement, Surgical Cheek Augmentation, Cheek Implants, Dermal Filler, HA Fillers, Juvederm Voluma, Restylane Lyft

The propor­tions of the middle third of the face or the cheek area, influ­ences the appear­ance of an indi­vidual more that the upper and lower third. The cheek can be divided into an upper and lower half; the lower half meaning the part of the cheek that is below the nostrils and next to the lips. It is the upper cheek that includes the cheek bones and the under-eye region and this is vital to the appear­ance of the face as a younger face appears trian­gular and becomes rect­an­gular as one ages as the prom­in­ence of the cheek bones and cheek area reduces with age.

Cheek projec­tion is extremely important in femin­isa­tion of the face and in fact cheek augment­a­tion is one of the integral parts of a femin­iz­a­tion procedure for a male to female trans­ition. Cheek Enhancement might be achieved surgic­ally by Silicone, Medpor or Gortex implants placed over the cheek bones or with the use of Dermal Filler injec­tions that are done in the clinic under topical anaesthesia.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I benefit from Cheek Enhancement, why has my cheek lost volume?

If you used to have high cheekbones when you were younger and they have lost their prom­in­ence as you have aged, you are a good candidate. As we age the bony skel­eton under­neath is losing volume and the fat pads under the skin are thin­ning and the skin laxity worsens, all these processes mani­fest with sunken under eye area and loss of cheek volume and width.

What are the different ways of getting Cheek Augmentation, what is the difference between cheek implants and Dermal Filler Cheek Enhancement

In the past the only option for patients looking for cheek augment­a­tion was surgic­ally placed implant. These when done by an expert can give a very long-lasting enhance­ment, but they are also asso­ci­ated with risks of bleeding, infec­tions, displace­ment. With all the advances in Cosmetic Surgery, we now have two ways of achieving volu­misa­tion and rebal­an­cing of the cheeks: Autologous Fat Transfer and Dermal Fillers, the former is a surgical procedure while the later is a clinic procedure.

What is the difference between Autologous Fat Transfer and Dermal Filler Injections for Cheek Enhancement?

As the name implies Autologous Fat Transfer is a Surgical Technique, were fat cells are harvested using thin tubes from areas like the tummy and then rein­jected into the cheek area to give volu­misa­tion. This procedure can give excel­lent results when you need a lot of volume enhance­ment (typic­ally more than what can be achieved by 3 mls of Dermal Fillers). Dermal Filler injec­tions are an excel­lent way of achieving precise rebal­an­cing of the cheeks in clinic setting, under numbing cream anaesthesia.

Which Dermal Fillers Injections are good for non-surgical cheek enhancements?

The two fillers which Dr Prashant prefers at his Cardiff Clinic are Juvederm Voluma and Restylane Lyft Lidocaine, which produce excel­lent results.

What happens in a treatment during a cheek implant, or autologous fat transfer, or dermal fillers?

Cheek implants and Autologous Fat Transfer to cheek are done under General Anaesthesia for most patients, while Dermal Fillers are done at the Clinic under topical numbing cream anaesthesia.

Depending on the surgeon you might be kept in the hospital overnight and you will need to take anti­bi­otics and pain relief for the next 3–7 days. You will also be given specific instruc­tions for each of these treatments.

Non-surgical cheek enhance­ment is done using Hyaluronic acid fillers. These are extremely reli­able, safe and durable mater­ials. Dr Prashant prefers to do the procedure at his Cardiff Clinic and will do it under numbing cream anaes­thesia. This will allow you to see the results as they unfold and also allow you to direct the procedure to areas were you think you need more volume.

What is the recovery time after cheek implant, autologous fat transfer, dermal fillers?

Both the former treat­ments being surgical treat­ments requiring general anaes­thesia, are asso­ci­ated with a longer recovery, espe­cially given the swelling, tender­ness, bruising that follows them and which takes a few weeks to settle down.

Dermal filler enhance­ments however are gener­ally not asso­ci­ated with many side effects, other than the occa­sional side effect of bruising or swelling for a few days.

How long do the effects last?

With the non-surgical cheek augment­a­tion, you can expect your results to last about 1.5–2 years at which time you will need a small topup of the filler injection.

What care should I take before and after the treatments?

Depending on which procedure is being considered, we will give you detailed pre-treatment and after care advice.

Is surgical or non surgical cheek enhancement painful?

Clearly the surgical enhance­ment is carried out under general anaes­thesia. The non-surgical tech­nique is surpris­ingly pain­less as we do the procedure with cannula tech­nique and the filler injec­tion is premixed with numbing medicine.

How long does non surgical Cheek Augmentation take?

It will gener­ally take about 30–45 minutes for the procedure, following which you can go back to work if you need to.

How soon will I see results?

With the surgical tech­niques, you will have to wait about 3 months for all the post-operative swelling to go down and the final results to be evident. With the non surgical enhance­ment with dermal fillers the change is instant­an­eous and though you might have a degree of swelling after the procedure, it gener­ally ends up looking just like it did imme­di­ately after the injection.

Approximate Costs

An accurate estimate of the costs is only possible after an in-clinic consulta­tion with Dr Prashant. We charge a £50 deposit to secure your consulta­tion with Dr Prashant, this amount will be deducted from the costs of the treat­ment you go on to have at our clinic.

The cost will vary depending on how many syringes are required and which type of filler is needed. To give an example the first syringe of Restylane Lyft Lidocaine costs £300 subsequent syringes cost £275. The first syringe of Juvederm Voluma costs £350 and subsequent syringes £300 each.