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Cheek Implants: Augmentation Surgery, Recovery, and Benefits

Understanding cheek reshaping using implants and augmentation surgeries in New York with Dr. Jacono.

What Is Cheek Augmentation?

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Cheek augmentation is a surgical procedure that refines the size and shape of the cheekbones. Normally, this is done with implants, but some augmentations use soft fat tissue transferred from other parts of the body.

Cheek reduction, on the other hand, reduces the size of the cheekbone. The procedure involves filing or burring down the bone itself.

The aim of both cheek augmentation and reduction is to create a well-defined skeletal structure that balances the face. The cheeks’ appearance is especially integral to the integrity of the facial profile.

Understanding the Cheek Implant Procedure

Before a cheek augmentation, Dr. Jacono uses digital computerized 3-D morphing technology to analyze the face and set goals for surgery.

During the procedure, Dr. Jacono cuts a small incision in the mouth. He then gently stretches the tissue, creating space for an implant or fat transfer. Once the implant or fat has been placed over the skeletal bone, Dr. Jacono uses fine sutures to close the incisions. The scars are usually imperceptible.

Dr. Jacono uses many implant materials, including Silastic, GoreTex, and Medpor. He also uses custom implants based on patients’ particular needs.

How to Know If You Need Cheek Implants

Many people who undergo cheek implant surgery do so to address age-induced problems. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Drooping jowls
  • Hollowing cheeks
  • Sagging skin
  • Deepening under-eye troughs
  • Developing nasolabial folds

Some patients get cheek implants after consistently using injectable fillers like hyaluronic acid. Fillers are not permanent and do not always provide dramatic results.

Cheek implants and fat transfers, on the other hand, last a lifetime and offer considerable aesthetic and functional improvements.

Still, other patients get surgery simply because they have always wanted plumper cheekbones and a more robust facial structure. Even subtle changes can boost self-confidence and quality of life.

What is Recovery Like Following Cheek Augmentation?

After a cheek augmentation, the cheeks may swell and bruise, though these complications will resolve within a few weeks. Most patients can return to work or resume their daily activities after a few days. Patients should do their best to avoid injuring the cheek region for at least 4 to 6 weeks.

Am I a Good Candidate for Cheek Augmentation?

If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your cheeks, then you are a candidate for cheek augmentation surgery. Those who have experienced physical trauma to their cheeks are also viable for surgery.

Patients should be in good health and refrain from using alcohol or tobacco before and after surgery.

Why Choose Dr. Jacono for Your Cheek Procedure?

Dr. Jacono is a dual board-certified facial plastic surgery expert with over twenty years of experience. He has been extensively trained in cheek augmentation and reduction surgery and offers the most natural, impressive results possible.

To see if you are a candidate for surgery with Dr. Jacono, please contact our offices in Manhattan or on Long Island.

Cheek Augmentation Before and After Photos

Cheek Implant Patient:

This young woman had a weak cheek structure and wanted to create a more harmonious aesthetic balance and heart shaped face. After surgery the cheeks are augmented and natural.

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cheek implants surgery after photo patient

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