As we age, the soft tissues of the cheeks tend to relax, separate, and descend to the lower parts of the face, resulting in a deflated, tired, or aging appearance. This is extremely common, and often overlooked when patients assess themselves and their areas of concern. These changes happen slowly over time and may only be noticeable when looking at photos of themselves from years or decades earlier. Fortunately, there are several ways to address this area quickly and easily.
One approach to volume loss in the cheeks involves cheek augmentation with cheek implants. These implants can be inserted through various techniques, but we typically use an incision made through the mouth under the lip, which leaves no scar on the skin. This procedure results in immediate improvement and typically can be performed in less than 30 minutes. While cheek implants can be placed as a stand-alone procedure, we also often place them at the same time as a facelift, eyelid surgery, or other facial procedures.
As an alternative, we commonly perform cheek augmentation using injectable facial fillers. There are many different fillers that can be used in the cheeks, and can be placed quickly and easily in just a few minutes during an office visit. Dr. Richardson and Dr. Cain are happy to discuss the advantages of fillers versus implants for cheek augmentation during your consultation.