One of the most popular cosmetic surgical treatments of recent times is cheek augmentation. This procedure aims at giving people the desired youthful look of sculpted, full and defined cheeks.
With age, the face gradually loses fat, resulting in saggy, sunken cheeks. Doctors are undertaking surgical and non-surgical techniques that focus on restoring the volume and youthful contours of the midface.
On a broader level, there are three major treatments available for cheek augmentation: Facial implants, cheek fillers and fat-grafting.
Facial implants have been a popular and permanent solution to flat or sagged cheeks. The implants can be made of a variety of materials such as silicones, high-density porous polyethylene (marketed as Medpor) and ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene), most popular as Gore-Tex. Both Medpor and ePTFE are inert materials, which merge better with the underlying tissue and bone, than silicone. The implants are placed directly on the cheekbones, or to midface, or to both regions. The result is a well-defined contouring of the face, especially to the sides and the cheekbones.
Cheek fillers are less invasive than facial implants. They are available in the form of hyaluronic acid-based gels and collagen-stimulating fillers that are injected to parts of the cheeks where signs of ageing begin to appear. This treatment ensures the rejuvenation and hydration of the skin, also volumising the targeted part of the face. The commonly available hyaluronic gel products in the market are Restylane and Juvederm.
Fat grafting, also known as autologous fat transfer or micro fat-grafting, is a process involves the cultivation of fat taken from the lower body of the receiver. The fat is processed and injected into the targeted parts of the face. Since the fat is transferred within the same body, there is no risk of infection or adverse reaction. Specialists are of the opinion that fat grafting provides long-term results and in certain cases, encourages collagen growth within the tissues. Additionally, the process is minimally invasive and adverse reactions are unheard of.
Cheek augmentation is a procedure that has been gaining popularity among health- and image-conscious individuals over the decades. Lifting, toning, sculpting and restoring – these are some of the wonders that such a technique can provide, giving the face a better, more symmetrical and chiselled look. It has ensured better appearance and has restored confidence in its patrons without being heavy on the skin or pocket.