Cheek implants can be beneficial with giving the
face a fuller more round appearance. Plump, prominent and well defined cheekbones are
one of the most striking signs of beauty and youth. Because of
heredity, some people will never have natural well developed cheekbones that are
not in balance with their other facial features.
For people who did get blessed with well defined
cheekbones when they were younger - tend to lose this definition as the cheek
soft tissues or fat pads start to sag or droop with the aging process. The
fat pads which give cheeks shape gradually flatten with age. There are
many people who try to combat the aging process with cheek implants,
as they can eliminate the sunken in appearance that can occur as we get older.
Fortunately, today there are many options to create or recreate this cheek
definition with either malar cheek implants or repositioning of the fallen cheek
tissues with a rhytidectomy or face lift.
- repositioning the fallen cheek tissues
- Injections of facial dermal fillers to the cheek to add volume (temporary)
facial or dermal fillers to the
cheekbone area to create more prominent facial contours is much less expensive
and less invasive method. The disadvantages of this procedure is that
unfortunately, because most dermal fillers are temporary they will be absorbed
eventually within a few months.
Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm
or Restylane are commonly used. Autologous fat grafting is also considered
an option and can be more permanent, but eventually like all the dermal fillers,
this too will be reabsorbed after a period of time.
A surgical procedure for reconstructive surgery
for birth defects or a traumatic injury in the malar or cheekbone area is called
a zygomatic osteotomy. The cheekbone (zygoma) is separated by bone cuts
near the orbital rim and maxilla. The orbital bone is the socket of the skull in
which the eye and the eyelids, lacrimal glands and the extra-ocular muscles are
situated. The bone is moved outward and a solid material (such as
hydroxylapatite) is put into place to hold the new position of the cheekbone (zygoma).
An incision is made in the upper mouth
near the top of the gum line. The surgeon then slides the malar
implants into place. The intra-oral method carries a higher risk of infection since
the mouth contains so much more bacteria, however; there is no visible scar
Another approach includes creating an
external incision near the eye area. The disadvantages to this method
is that it will leave behind a visible scar.