Cheek Augmentation in Chicago, IL

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About Cheek Augmentation

Sunken or hollow cheeks may make you seem a lot older than you are and no one wishes to look older. At SAC Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Saeed Chowdhry performs surgical and nonsurgical cheek augmentation to create full facial contours. Mid-face augmentation can be performed using either minimally invasive injectable fillers or surgically placed silicone cheek implants. At your initial consult, Dr. Chowdhry can inform you of your choices and help you decide which will best match your concerns and goals. Call our Oak Lawn, IL office to schedule an appointment and find out how surgical or nonsurgical cheek augmentation may help you attain a fuller, younger-looking appearance.

Ideal Candidates

The best patients for surgical and nonsurgical cheek enhancement are adults who:

  • Would like better contours in their mid-face
  • Have lost volume in their cheeks with age
  • Have genetically hollow or flat cheeks
  • Have lost a large amount of weight, leading to sagging cheeks
  • Have an imbalance in their mid-face from a congenital defect, a physical condition, or an accident
  • Are in good overall health

Dermal filler injections may also be a fitting option for men and women who don't want to commit to the expense and recovery that accompanies surgical implants. Since dermal filler injections create temporary results, they may also be used to obtain a clearer idea of how much lift and volume is needed before opting for cheek implants. Surgical cheek augmentation with implants is a good choice for those who would prefer longer-lasting results and are willing to take the time to recover after their surgery.

Surgical Technique

Before your cheek augmentation, Dr. Chowdhry will complete a thorough assessment to create a customized treatment plan that will best meet your unique cosmetic goals. During your consultation, you can select your treatment method: surgical cheek implants or nonsurgical dermal fillers.

Injectable dermal fillers will be implemented at our Oak Lawn, IL office by Dr. Chowdhry himself. As an outpatient treatment, the procedure will be completed in about 20 – 30 minutes. Before the treatment, the injection sites will be cleaned and marked along the mid-face. Next, the dermal filler will be injected carefully to the selected sites and massaged to fill the needed areas. You can leave immediately following the treatment and return to your daily routine.

Cheek augmentation surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in our adjoined hospital because patients are generally sedated using general anesthesia. When you are ready, thin incisions are created in the gums and a pocket is made above the cheekbones. Next, the selected implants will be placed and the incisions in the mouth will be closed. Cheek implant surgery typically lasts around an hour. You will be permitted to return home with a family member or friend to start your recovery immediately following surgery.

What to Expect

After surgical cheek augmentation, you will probably have swelling, tightness, and bruising for around 1 – 2 weeks. Strenuous activities that may place strain on your facial muscles (such as lifting weights) needs to be avoided for about 7 – 10 days. Complete healing generally is achieved in around two months; however, the results can last for many years.

Following dermal filler injections in the cheeks, the mid-face can be sore with mild inflammation for around 3 – 5 days. Cold compresses and non-prescription pain medication may be used to lessen any discomfort. Final results are typically visible in 1 – 2 weeks. Continuous sessions will be required since dermal fillers are a short-term option.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does cheek augmentation cost?
The cost of your cheek augmentation could vary drastically for a number of reasons. The price of your procedure will be determined based on the method or technique used to complete it. During your initial consultation, Dr. Chowdhry will determine your aesthetic goals and desires before creating a tailored treatment plan. After understanding your needs, Dr. Chowdhry can give you a cost estimate, provide you with information about payment, and direct you toward methods of financing that may be helpful for you. We recommend that patients focus on the skills of the surgeon and the quality of their results versus the cost of the procedure.

What type of fillers do you use for nonsurgical cheek augmentation?
Dr. Chowdhry can help you achieve the volumized cheekbones you have been dreaming of with the injectable fillers Juvéderm and/or Voluma. These dermal fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that can increase the facial contours when injected beneath the skin. The nonsurgical application of Juvéderm or Voluma is a highly successful and cost-effective way to achieve your aesthetic goals without going under the knife. Furthermore, Dr. Chowdhry will perform your injections himself for optimal placement and gorgeous results.

What if I have an asymmetrical face?
Patients often schedule consultations at SAC Plastic Surgery with concerns about their uneven cheekbones. Facial asymmetry can create an "out of balance" illusion that causes anxiety and a lack of confidence. Dr. Chowdhry is a highly skilled plastic and reconstructive surgeon with special experience in creating facial symmetry. During your consultation, Dr. Chowdhry can explain your options for cheek augmentation that specifically address your concerns. Quite often, a small implant in one cheek can be used to provide a symmetrical facial contour.

Can I have a fat transfer to fill my cheeks?
Fat transfer or grafting is steadily becoming an incredibly proper technique. Because of the reduced risk of rejection, using a patient's very own fat to create fullness in other areas of the body is highly effective. Dr. Chowdhry proudly offers fat grafting and would gladly discuss this as a potential option for your cheek augmentation. During your private consultation at SAC Plastic Surgery, discuss fat grafting with Dr. Chowdhry. He will examine your donor area to determine if you have enough fat to transfer to be an ideal candidate for this technique.

Get Full, Beautiful Cheeks

Were you born with thin, hollow cheeks? Or maybe your mid-face has lost its fullness with age or after significant weight loss? Contact our Chicago area office to schedule a consult with Dr. Chowdhry to learn more about available options to enhance your mid-face. Whether you opt for nonsurgical or surgical solutions, you can improve your overall appearance with cheek augmentation at SAC Plastic Surgery.

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