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Cheek Implants

Cheek implants are used to improve the facial contours and ensure the cheeks complement the eyes, chin, and other facial features. With cheek implant surgery, patients can enjoy long-lasting facial fullness. Or, cheek fillers are available as a substitute to cheek implants.

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles is one of the world’s leading facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and head and neck surgery experts. He is happy to teach patients about cheek implants and other facial rejuvenation treatments and their associated benefits. That way, Dr. Azizzadeh can help patients decide if implants or other treatments can be used to add volume to the cheeks.

What Are Cheek Implants?

Implants can be inserted into the cheeks to make the face appear more youthful and attractive and restore facial harmony. Additionally, there are three types of implants:

  • Malar: Placed on the cheekbones. Malar implants are used to increase cheek projection.
  • Submalar: Enhances cheek fullness. Patients dealing with a gaunt facial appearance often benefit from submalar implants.
  • Combined: Involves the use of malar and submalar implants.

Cheek implants are typically constructed from silicone or natural bone tissue. When implants are made from bone, they can be removed at any time. Comparatively, implants that consist of natural bone tissue become part of a patient’s cheeks.

Dr. Azizzadeh closely evaluates a patient to determine their eligibility for cheek implants and which types of cheek implants can be used during treatment. If a patient qualifies for cheek implant surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh then explains how the treatment is performed and the recovery process.

A Closer Look at Cheek Implant Surgery

A cheek implants procedure is an outpatient surgery usually performed under local anesthesia. It requires one or more incisions made inside the mouth or lower eyelid, followed by the insertion of implants into the cheeks. Next, surgical incisions are closed.

Dr. Azizzadeh carefully crafts a treatment plan for his cheek implant surgery patient. He takes the necessary precautions to ensure his patient is safe and limit scarring. Dr. Azizzadeh also prepares his patient for the cheek implants recovery process.

What to Expect During Cheek Implants Recovery

Swelling and bruising are common after cheek implant surgery, but these side effects are temporary and disappear on their own shortly following treatment. Dr. Azizzadeh may also provide medication to help patients alleviate pain after a cheek implants procedure.

Most patients can return to work or school within about one week of a cheek implant procedure. However, Dr. Azizzadeh recommends limited activity for at least a few weeks after a cheek implant procedure.

Dr. Azizzadeh requests follow-up appointments after a cheek implant procedure as well. He monitors his patient’s progress and remains available to respond to any concerns or questions in the weeks and months following surgery.

Cheek Implants vs. Fillers: Which Delivers the Best Results?

In addition to cheek implants, facial fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane can be used to enhance cheek fullness. There are many reasons why patients choose dermal fillers to improve the appearance of the cheeks and face, including:

  • No Surgery Required: Since facial fillers are injectable treatments, they do not require patients to go under the knife.
  • Fast Treatment: A filler treatment can be performed in a matter of minutes, with little to no downtime.
  • Immediate Results: The results of a facial filler procedure become visible in as little as 24 hours after treatment.

Although facial fillers are beneficial, it is important to note that the results of these fillers are temporary. Thus, for patients who want long-lasting cheek enhancement, cheek implants may be a superior option.

Dr. Azizzadeh can teach patients about cheek implants and fillers and the pros and cons of each treatment. He can also provide a patient with a personalized cheek enhancement treatment recommendation.

Learn More About Cheek Implants in Beverly Hills

Dr. Azizzadeh is available to discuss cheek implant surgery and other facial rejuvenation treatment options. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.

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