Add Depth and Contour

For individuals with flat or narrow faces, our cheek augmentation in Cleveland can make a significant difference, adding depth and contour to improve the overall facial appearance. Essentially, cheek augmentation fights the face being pulled “downward”. 

How Dr. Frankel Performs Cheek Augmentation

Dr. Frankel has different approaches to cheek augmentation, but they each accomplish the same thing: they add volume and shape to cheeks that need definition. Below are his different techniques for this procedure.

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Dermal Fillers

The most common procedure used to perform cheek augmentation is dermal filler injections. This treatment is convenient and simple, with very little downtime. Hyaluronic acid fillers, Radiesse®, or Sculptra® can add youthful volume to inflate sunken areas of the cheeks, and fillers such as Juvéderm® Voluma can be used to create more sculpted cheekbones.

While dermal fillers are temporary, many patients love the results they get. Dr. Frankel does all injections himself in order to ensure the very best outcome.  

The best candidates for this type of cheek augmentation typically want the least invasive procedure possible. Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not have this treatment done.

Fat Grafting

Fat grafting for cheek augmentation involves removing fat from one area of the body (such as the thighs or hips) and injecting it into the cheek area as a filler. The fact that the “filler” is the patient’s own fat means a more natural-looking and natural-feeling result, and there is no risk of an allergic reaction. Fat grafting results are long-lasting, as the transferred fat cells remain healthy and viable for many years. 

The best candidates for facial fat grafting are those who want a more natural and/or long-lasting solution than dermal fillers, and also must have enough fat elsewhere on the body to use. They should not have coagulation or lipid metabolism disorders, acute infections, or any chronic diseases.

Cheek Implants

Cheek implants are a surgical option for enhancing the cheekbones. The implants, which are typically made of soft silicone, are inserted through small incisions into the area where improvement is desired. The incisions are made either in the upper mouth near the top of the gumline, or near the eye. Malar implants are used to create projection for the cheekbones, and sub-malar implants are used to add volume to sunken cheeks. Some patients choose to have a combination of both types for overall improvement in contour. Unlike dermal fillers and fat grafting, cheek implants are permanent. 

The best candidates for cheek implants are those who want a permanent option for cheek augmentation. It’s also important that their skin is thick and elastic enough for the implants to look natural. 

Which One is Right for You?

If you’re interested in cheek augmentation in Mayfield Heights, Beachwood, or Cleveland but you’re not sure which procedure is right for you, we encourage you to contact Frankel Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation. Every patient is different, and Dr. Frankel will be happy to go over your aesthetic goals in order to determine the right treatment plan for you.

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Why Choose Frankel Facial Plastic Surgery?

Dr. Jonathan Frankel is a double board-certified surgeon in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. His expertise and specialization in procedures of the face and neck have made his practice, Frankel Facial Plastic Surgery, the premier center for facial plastic surgery in Cleveland. With a boutique feel, our practice is patient-centered and designed for comfort and privacy. We offer concierge-type service that makes patients feel heard and understood. We know it takes courage to contact a plastic surgeon, and we do our best to make patients feel as comfortable as possible during every point of the process. 

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