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Cheek Augmentation Toronto

Full, defined cheeks are a sign of youth and beauty, but over time the face loses fat causing the cheeks to become flat and saggy and giving way to a sunken-in look that ages our faces. Although some are born with naturally high cheekbones, achieving the look of sculpted cheeks can be accomplished through both nonsurgical and surgical treatments that focus on restoring plumpness, volume and definition. To restore volume to the midface and recreate youthful contours, Dr. Gantous may suggest facial implants, fillers or fat grafting.

Cheek Implants

When placing cheek implants, small incisions are made inside the mouth over the cheek bone to form pockets for the implant. The cheek implant is then inserted into the pocket and positioned directly on or below the cheekbone. If cheek augmentation is occurring at the same time as another facial plastic surgery procedure, the cheek implants are inserted through the same incisions for that particular procedure (for example, with certain types of lower lid lifts or with a face lift). Then, the pockets are sutured shut. The result is a youthful, more defined facial contour. The procedure to place cheek implants takes less than one hour and is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. However, if surgery is combined with other procedures, patients may stay at the hospital overnight.

Recovery from Cheek Implant Surgery

For approximately one week after cheek implant surgery, patients may experience very limited movement of the mouth and lips as well as swelling. Sutures will dissolve after 10 days. Most patients are fine to return to normal activities after 10 to 15 days.

Fat grafting and transfer

Using your own fat (taken from another part of the body, like the hips, belly or bottom), your surgeon can give you fuller, plumper cheeks. Fat transfer is probably a popular option for long-term cheek fullness. Even though it is a minimally invasive procedure, it requires liposuction to harvest the fat and a series of injections to transfer the fat so it is best done under general anaesthesia. The recovery will take one to two weeks.

Fillers and Injectables

In reality, the easiest and most natural way to restore the volume lost with age or to provide definition to the mid face and cheeks is the use of fillers. While there are a variety of injectables available, different ones produce varying effects and not all of them last the same amount of time. Some of the newer fillers that are available for volume replacement produce excellent results that last 12 to 18 months and can be easily maintained with touch ups every 9 to 12 months for long lasting improvement. These treatments are office based and require no down time or recovery.

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