Cheek augmentation provides volume to the cheekbone area in order to improve the overall balance of the face. Often, one of the first signs of aging in the face is a loss of volume at the front of the cheek. Those “apple” cheeks are the first to go. Depending on genetics, your volume loss can be noticeable in your late 20s or in your late 40s. The effect makes one look tired or older.
Because people tend to evaluate others by looking into their eyes, the areas of the face just underneath the eyes communicate a lot to the observer. Shadows falling into hollows caused by volume loss symbolize fatigue and age. A flat cheek also takes the focal point of the face away from the eyes and down to the mouth. This produces the appearance of a droopy face. Since signs of aging are more prevalent around the mouth, we want the face to be well balanced, with the focal point at the eyes.
Replacing the volume of the cheeks has the effect of “lifting” the face. Traditionally, surgeons insert a silicone solid implant through an incision made inside the mouth, into the cheek. This procedure can work well, but is somewhat invasive and carries several days of downtime and discomfort. Surgical cheek implants are also not very precise, since there is a limit to how much the surgeon can make a silicone block fit to the contours of your face. Solid implants also run the risk of getting infected, in which case they have to be removed and the resulting cosmetic defect is devastating.
Dr. Blue’s cheek enhancement procedure is non-surgical, non-invasive, and safe. Rather than using an implant Dr. Blue uses Hyaluronic Acid injectable fillers. Dr. Blue can also enhance cheek augmentation with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
Hyaluronic Acid fillers are injected in a very precise manner using microcannulas into the deepest tissues of the cheek. This may sound painful, but Dr. Blue uses a very small needle and numbs the cheek with a powerful anesthetic before he injects, so you do not feel a thing. The Hyaluronic Acid filler becomes part of your skin as your own cells grow around the injection “scaffolding” and does not move from the area injected. When mixed with PRP it is also known to cause your body to increase production its own collagen in the areas of injection, increasing the duration of effect.
During your consultation, Dr. Blue will evaluate your unique needs and desired end results, and explain the procedure in detail. Schedule your appointment today at Smile and Body!