Strong cheekbones are often considered a sign of beauty. While some people are born with small cheeks, volume loss of both bone and fat also naturally occur as we age. Flat or underdeveloped cheeks may make other features, such as your nose or jaw, appear more prominent and your eyes appear hollow and sunken. Dr. Chaboki performs cheek augmentation to help Washington, DC and Maryland-area patients enhance the mid-facial area.
Dr. Chaboki specializes exclusively in facial plastic and cosmetic surgery. To learn more about cheek augmentation and other procedures to help you look more attractive, request your cosmetic consultation with him online, or call his office at (202) 800-2085.
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Case 176, Brow Lift, Cheek Augmentation, Chin Augmentation, Eyelid Surgery, Facelift, Facial Sculpting, Fat Transfer
Sagging neck skin gradually develops as one gets older. In addition, fat accumulates under the chin and facial bones thin over time. Each factor plays a different role in every patient to create an aging neck or submental fullness (i.e. a double chin). Plastic surgery options will vary based on a patient's anatomy and personal preferences.This woman had prior facelift and chin surgery, and has multiple factors contributing to her aging neck and jawline. She had sagging skin and muscle, excess neck fat, a weak chin bone, and droopy neck glands. She consulted with several plastic surgeons and chose Dr. Chaboki, a facelift specialist, to perform revision cosmetic surgery...
Case 153, Cheek Augmentation, Chin Augmentation, Facial Sculpting
Full, round cheeks are a sign of youth and vigor and requested by many Washington DC plastic surgery patients. Flat cheeks develop from naturally getting older and sun damage, but may also be genetic. Office non-surgical procedures are often the first choice for patients, who may be afraid of facial surgery or may not have the time for recovery. Despite the benefits of facial fillers (ex. Juvederm, Restylane, etc), facial fillers still cannot replace solid implants of the face in terms of projection and shape for appropriate patients. Patients will more likely obtain a 3-dimensional improvement in facial volume with facial implants.This DC area man wanted to improve both the cheeks and ...
Case 104, Cheek Augmentation, Facelift, Facial Sculpting, Fat Transfer, Lip Enhancement
Washington DC facelift candidates often ask plastic surgeons if alternatives exist for a traditional facelift. While nothing yet replaces face lift surgery for its rejuvenating effect, non-surgical options have been developed that can improve one's appearance without the downtime of traditional facial cosmetic surgery. Part of the reason non-surgical treatments have exploded is from a better understanding of facial aging. The face does not merely sag with time, but also shrinks and looses volume in certain facial areas. Fat loss in the cheeks, around the eyes, and lips contribute to looking "older" or "tired".This Washingtonian wanted to improve her neck contour that ...
Case 91, Cheek Augmentation, Facial Fillers
Soft, round, and full cheeks are a sign of youth and beauty. Age and sun damage are the common factors which reduce facial volume and contribute to flatter cheeks. Washington cosmetic surgery patients have many options today to rejuvenate the cheek and midfacial area. Office procedures for non-surgical enhancement include Radiesse ® and Sculptra®, while a surgical cheek lift or cheek implant provide a permanent improvement.This DC area woman wanted to enhance her cheeks to have the round, full shape that was present when she was younger. Cosmetic options were reviewed with DC cosmetic surgeon Dr. Chaboki, including reviewing several photographs from when she was younger. She chose Sculptra® ...
Case 166, Botox Cosmetic, Cheek Augmentation, Facial Fillers, Facial Sculpting, Lip Enhancement
The field of cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery has grown exponentially from non-surgical treatments such as wrinkle relaxers (ex. Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin®) and facial fillers (ex. Restylane®, Juvederm®). Wrinkle relaxers, such as Botox, are commonly used to smooth the skin around the eyes and also used to reshape the face for "facial sculpting". Facial fillers, such as Restylane®, work differently than the wrinkle relaxers by adding volume and reducing shadows and depressions.This younger woman wanted cosmetic treatments in multiple areas to enhance her natural beauty. The numerous positive online reviews for plastic surgery led h...
Case 56, Cheek Augmentation, Fat Transfer
Maryland plastic surgery is both cosmetic and reconstructive. Procedures typically considered cosmetic surgery in Maryland may be performed for reconstructive purposes and vice versa. This patient consulted with facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Chaboki, for options to improve facial asymmetry due to a sunken and very small left cheek bone since early childhood. The patient had already undergone numerous plastic surgery procedures outside the US. After considering several plastic surgery options with Dr. Chaboki, the patient underwent a silicone cheek implant and facial fat injections on the left side to help create facial balance and improve the asymmetry. The patient is now more confident given ...
Case 181, Cheek Augmentation, Chin Augmentation
Full cheeks are in high demand by Washington DC plastic surgery patients, as it's a sign of youthful vigor. While some are born with relatively flatter cheeks, the cheeks naturally flatten with age as gradual bone and fat volume loss occurs.Liquid facelift procedures with facial fillers are often the first choice of patients, since it's a non-surgical treatment with easy recovery. Despite the benefits of facial fillers (ex. Juvederm®), these office treatments still cannot replace solid facial implants in terms of projection and shape. In addition to permanence, a 3-dimensional improvement in facial volume is better achieved with cheek ...
Case 188, Cheek Augmentation, Facelift, Fat Transfer, Lip Enhancement
The face and neck continues to age despite cosmetic surgery. Plastic surgeons might be able to turn back the clock, however, cannot stop the clock of aging. Skin continues to sag and fat changes gradually with time. Each factor contributes to varying degrees to the appearance of the face, eyes, and neck in every patient. As a result, plastic surgery treatment options will vary based on a patient's individual anatomy and personal preferences.This woman had a facelift years ago. After the facelift, she had facial filler injections with Restylane® to treat lower eyelid dark circles. Her main factors in the aging neck and jawline is the loose skin and s...
Cheek Augmentation Options
Cheek augmentation makes the cheek area more prominent, which is considered especially attractive in women. Dr. Chaboki increases facial volume with a customized approach for each person that may include one or a combination of the following options:
- Cheek implants: These facial implants are made of solid silicone, specifically designed for the mid-facial cheek area, and come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Cheek implants give Washington, DC and Maryland-area patients long-term improvements. This procedure is sometimes considered a "pre-facelift" because it can delay the need for a full facelift.
- Non-surgical facelift: Injectable fillers, such as RADIESSE® and Sculptra® Aesthetic, or fat transfer (also called fat injections) can provide temporary cheek augmentation with minimal downtime.
- Cheek lift: This surgical procedure, also called a mid-facelift, provides lasting improvements. It is normally combined with eyelid surgery or a full facelift.
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How It's Performed
The steps of your cheek augmentation procedure depend largely on which approach you choose —implants, injectable products, or a mid-facelift. If you choose injectable fillers, you can anticipate a brief appointment involving several injections, after which you can return to your regular activities immediately.
Complete Your Rejuvenation
Cheek implants require time in surgery. They are made of a type of silicone that's soft yet solid and strong, mimicking the feel of natural bone without the risk of tears. Cheek implants come in various shapes and sizes to suit your specific anatomy and goals.
Dr. Chaboki can perform your cheek augmentation while you are under local anesthesia with sedation or completely asleep with general anesthesia. He typically begins your procedure by making small incisions within your mouth. This placement gives him adequate control during the surgery and comes with the added benefit of not leaving behind a visible scar on your face. He then inserts the implants through the incisions, positioning them so that they augment your cheeks exactly as you'd envisioned. Once he is satisfied with the proportions of your face, he closes the incisions with dissolving sutures.
Recovery After Cheek Augmentation
Cheek augmentation is a relatively brief outpatient procedure. Although you may return home the same day, it's important to have a friend or family member to drive you. Recuperation after cheek augmentation is not unlike that of dental surgery. You'll need to limit yourself to soft foods for several days, because hard, crunchy, or chewy foods can be difficult to eat.
Most patients take a few days to rest at home while swelling and bruising dissipate. You should also refrain from strenuous exercise for about 2 weeks. Dr. Chaboki will formally clear you for activity during a follow-up appointment.
In the long term, the results of your cheek augmentation can last indefinitely. Dr. Chaboki advises against any significant weight fluctuation, as a major gain or loss could affect your facial contours. It's also important to keep your skin protected from the sun to ensure it remains resilient and soft.
To learn more about Dr. Chaboki's approach to cheek augmentation, read his answers to frequently asked questions about this surgery.