Cheek Enhancement: Augmentation and Reduction
What is cheek enhancement?
Cheek enhancement changes the shape and size of the cheeks in both men and women. Some women may prefer higher more prominent or angular cheekbones and want to reduce excessive fullness in the cheeks. Alternately, some men may be seeking a more angular, chiseled, and masculine cheek appearance.
Typically, cheek enhancement surgery involves either:
- Augmentation via insertion of implants on the bone, under the skin, or,
- Augmentation via fat transfer — using your body’s own fat to increase cheek fullness without invasive surgery.
- Reduction to decrease the width, fullness, and/or the prominence of the cheeks via fat removal, shaving or contouring of the underlying cheekbone.
How is cheek augmentation performed?
If you are seeking augmentation, the size and shape of the implants will depend on your underlying bony contours and desired outcome. Augmentation leaves no visible scars because all surgery is done through the inside of the mouth.
How is cheek reduction performed?
Cheek reduction is also performed under general anesthesia. But in this case, shaving or moving the bone using geometric cuts reduces the size of the cheeks. Cheek reduction may also involve removal of fat from the cheeks. Again, all incisions are made inside the mouth and in the scalp, leaving no obvious external scarring.
How is cheek enhancement via fat transfer performed?
Cheek enhancement via fat transfer is performed by harvesting fat from your own body and injecting it into the cheeks. Fat transfer is done in such a way as to enhance your natural features and promote a more youthful, full-cheeked appearance. This non-surgical procedure is ideal for those who wish to avoid invasive surgery. Read more about fat transfer or about fat transfer using stem cells.