Frequently Asked Questions About Cheek Augmentation

Cheek augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure that can help you achieve a more defined and youthful appearance. However, it’s natural to have questions and concerns before undergoing any surgical or non-surgical procedure. From the different techniques and options available to the recovery process and expected results, we’ve gathered the most common queries to shed light on all aspects of cheek augmentation. Let’s delve into this informative journey and address the cheek augmentation FAQs to help you make an informed decision about this transformative procedure.


Cheek Augmentation FAQs

What is cheek augmentation?

Cheek augmentation is a cosmetic procedure aimed at enhancing the contours and volume of the cheeks. It involves various techniques, such as implants, dermal fillers, or facial fat grafting to achieve a more defined and youthful appearance.


Who is a good candidate for cheek augmentation?

Good candidates for cheek augmentation are individuals who desire more prominent cheekbones, have flat or sunken cheeks, or want to restore lost volume due to aging. It is important to have realistic expectations and be in good overall health.


How long does the procedure for cheek augmentation take?

The duration of the cheek augmentation procedure depends on the chosen method. Surgical cheek augmentation typically takes around one to two hours, but can be longer if combined with other face procedures to enhance results.


Is cheek augmentation a painful procedure?

During cheek augmentation anesthesia is used, so you will not feel any pain during the procedure itself. However, following the procedure as anesthesia wears off, you may experience some post-operative discomfort, swelling, or tenderness. This is a normal part of the healing process and can vary depending on the individual and the specific technique used. Your surgeon will provide you with instructions on managing any postoperative discomfort and may prescribe pain medications if necessary.


What are the different methods and techniques used for cheek augmentation?

The choice of technique used for cheek augmentation depends on factors such as the desired results, patient preference, and the recommendations of the plastic surgeon performing the procedure.


Here are some common techniques:

  • Cheek Implants: Involves the placement of solid silicone or other biocompatible implants over the cheekbones. The implants come in various shapes and sizes to achieve the desired contour and volume.
  • Fat Grafting: Also known as fat transfer, this technique involves harvesting fat from one part of the body through liposuction, purifying it, and injecting it into the cheeks. It uses the patient’s own fat to add volume and improve cheek contours.
  • Dermal Fillers: Cheek augmentation can be achieved through the use of injectable dermal fillers. These fillers, often composed of hyaluronic acid, are injected into specific areas of the cheeks to add volume, enhance contours, and achieve a more youthful appearance. The results are temporary and will require periodic re-treatment to maintain.
  • Mid-Face Lift: This surgical procedure specifically targets the mid-face area, including the cheeks. It involves lifting and repositioning the underlying tissues to improve cheek contours. This technique is often combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as fat grafting.


Does cheek augmentation have a different name?

Cheek augmentation is the commonly used term to describe the procedure of enhancing the appearance of the cheeks. However, in some cases, it may also be referred to as malar augmentation or malarplasty. “Malar” refers to the bony prominence of the cheeks known as the malar bones or zygomatic bones.


What is the recovery process like for cheek augmentation?

Recovery time can vary depending on the technique used. Cheek augmentation that is performed with implants, fat grafting, or a facelift may require a few weeks for swelling and bruising to subside, while less invasive procedures such as dermal fillers usually involve minimal downtime with mild swelling or redness that resolves quickly.


Are there any risks or potential complications?

As with any surgical cosmetic procedure, there are some risks involved. These can include infection, bleeding, allergic reactions, or dissatisfaction with the results. It’s important to discuss the potential risks with your doctor beforehand.


How long do the results of cheek augmentation last?

The longevity of the results depends on the method chosen. Permanent cheek implants can provide long-lasting results, while minimally invasive options like dermal fillers may require periodic touch-ups to maintain the desired effect.


Can I combine cheek augmentation with other procedures?

Yes, cheek augmentation can be combined with other facial procedures such as facelifts, buccal fat removal, rhinoplasty, nostril reduction, or even eyelid surgery or a brow lift. This combination allows for comprehensive facial rejuvenation and enhancement and can be discussed with your plastic surgeon during your consultation appointment.


How many post-op appointments will I have for cheek augmentation?

The number of post-operative appointments you will have after cheek augmentation can vary depending on factors such as the specific technique used, your individual healing process, and the preferences of your surgeon. Typically, patients can expect to have a series of follow-up appointments to monitor their progress and ensure proper healing.


What much does cheek augmentation cost with North Raleigh Plastics Surgery?

The cost of a cheek augmentation surgical procedure at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery starts at $5,250 – $5,775.


Do you accept insurance for cheek augmentation?

At this time, North Raleigh Plastic Surgery does not accept Medicare or any other insurance for cheek augmentation or other procedures. However, we are dedicated to providing excellent care and value our patients’ satisfaction. To accommodate our valued patients, we offer a cash discount and flexible payment options, including Care Credit and major credit cards.


What are your payment terms for a cheek augmentation procedure?

When scheduling your cheek augmentation procedure, we kindly ask for an initial payment of 25% of the total cost to secure your reservation. The remaining balance should be paid in full no later than two weeks prior to your scheduled surgery date. We believe this payment arrangement ensures a smooth and well-prepared experience for our patients.


What is included in the cost of a cheek augmentation procedure?

The comprehensive cost of a cheek augmentation procedure includes all essential pre-operative and post-operative consultations, ensuring thorough guidance and assessment throughout your journey. Additionally, the cost covers the expense of anesthesia, ensuring your comfort and safety during the procedure.


Can a cheek augmentation procedure at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery be financed?

At our practice, we strive to make the procedure more accessible by offering flexible financing options. We partner with reputable providers like Care Credit and Alphaeon Credit, allowing you to take advantage of financing plans that suit your budget and individual needs.


Schedule Your Raleigh Cheek Augmentation with Dr. Oritz – Our Board-Certified Surgeon Today

Schedule your Raleigh cheek augmentation with Dr. Ortiz, our board-certified plastic surgeon today and take the first step towards a more confident and radiant you. Our experienced team at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery is dedicated to providing personalized care and delivering exceptional results. Whether you’re interested in surgical options like implants or fat grafting, or less invasive approaches to cheek augmentation such as dermal fillers, our expert surgeon will guide you through the process, ensuring your comfort and satisfaction at every step.


Don’t miss out on the opportunity to transform your appearance and boost your self-esteem. Contact us now by calling 919-532-2270 or filling out the contact form below to schedule your consultation and embark on your cheek augmentation journey.