Cheek Augmentation: Fat Grafting VS. Facial Implants
Defined and full cheeks are signs of beauty and youthful age. However, over time, our face gradually loses fat making our cheeks become saggy and flat resulting also to a depressed look. Some are also born with naturally depressed or high cheekbones. If you want to have that molded cheeks look, both surgical and nonsurgical treatments that focus on restoring volume, definition and plumpness of your cheeks are helpful to attain it. To recreate youthful contours and achieve volume to your cheeks, your doctor may suggest Cheek Augmentation procedure.
Cheek augmentation is a surgical procedure that emphasizes your cheeks on your face. This procedure can be done through two ways: fat grafting or implants. To augment your depressed cheeks, your surgeon may place a solid implant over your cheekbone or he may inject your own fat to you cheeks, commonly known as Fat Grafting. Cheek augmentation can also be combined with other procedures like Chin Augmentation andRhinoplasty. [See additional reading section below for more articles on Facelift and Rhinoplasty]
Two Methods of Cheek Augmentation
During your cheek augmentation by fat grafting, your own fat from other parts of your body (hips, belly or butt), is remove via a small needle. Those fat cells are then purified and injected into the depressed area. A local anesthetic is used for both the injection sites and the fat donor. Fat grafting is probably a popular option today, but an additional liposuction-like procedure is required to perform this.
You must also know that some areas of the body may not respond well to fat grafting. Following the procedure, discomfort, bruising and swelling can be experience. Only about 65 percent of the injected fat will be absorbed by your body during the first few months after the treatment, while 35 percent will remain. Because of this, many patients undergo series of treatments over the course of six months.
Aside from fat grafting, cheek implants are another option for restoring your youthful beauty more permanently. Cheek augmentation using implants is a procedure that can reduce the appearance of sagging skin and tissue by enhancing the contours of your midface section. Cheek implants can be customized according to your goals and needs. It also comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Silicone implants are ideal for you if you want to add volume, create a lifting effect and add fullness to your cheek.
When placing the implants, small incisions are made in your cheek near your mouth to form a pocket for which the implant is to be inserted. The implant is then inserted into the pocket and positioned directly on or below your cheekbone. After that, the pockets are sutured shut. This procedure takes less than an hour and is performed under general anesthesia and an outpatient basis. If this is combined with other procedures, you may stay at the hospital overnight. The result is a more defined and youthful facial contour.
Weighing your Options
Beautiful results of cheek augmentation rely on your wise decisions and excellent surgical techniques. One wise decision you must make is what to choose between fat grafting and implants. If you are seeking a modest cheek augmentation and possess good fat donor areas, you are willing to accept unknown risks and the possibility of inconsistent results and lumpiness, then you can consider fat grafting. Much is written about how to make the procedure more predictable but at present, it remains that implants are a far more reliable method.
Lastly, the ultimate goal of cheek augmentation is to restore the youthfulness of your face. These two procedures, fat grafting and implants, require the artist’s eye and steady hand of an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon. More often, the cause of complications is when an inexperienced surgeon tries to do too much with what your tissue and skin can give them (e.g. over tightening or repositioning and over use of fillers.) So make sure to do your homework first before selecting a plastic surgeon to perform your cheek augmentation or any other cosmetic procedures like Chin augmentation.
Always look at the before and after photo galleries for chin or cheek augmentation , ask about financing information and read reviews. Most of these information are available to you, and I recommend to take enough time to ensure you have a clear understanding of what you and your surgeon’s expected results are and what is and isn’t possible.
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