About Cheek Augmentation
Hollow or sunken cheeks can make you appear a lot older than you actually are, which is an effect nobody wants their appearance to have. At J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen offers cheek augmentation to restore youthful facial contours and lift to the mid-face. Cheek augmentation is performed with either minimally invasive injectable fillers or longer-lasting silicone cheek implants. During your initial consultation, Dr. Katzen can talk about both options and help you decide which method will be the best fit your needs, concerns, and goals. Contact our Beverly Hills, CA office to schedule a consultation and learn how cheek augmentation can help you achieve a younger, fuller-looking face.
"My experience with Dr. Timothy Katzen is wonderful. His surgical skills are top notch and he has great bedside manner. I have had 3 procedures with Dr. Katzen and happy with all three."- K.Y. / Google / Nov 05, 2019
"The Best and I Looked Researched Everywhere and Everyone - Body lift and thigh lift 11 pounds removed and I have my 19 year old body back [RSBleep], you know the body we had before the babies and the weight gains loses gains and loses ------ Dr. Katzen exceeded all my expectations with the surgical results and he has a mellow kind beside manner very UN-LA (thank goodness).The office staff is SUPER NICE (Kiara is great) I live in SF and traveled and stayed the 2 weeks in LA because he is the best. I am not posting body pics BC I am 7 weeks post op my scars look good but are PINK (that is how I scar) and my thighs look good (yes they are gapped now) but have 2 little incisions/suture healing spots - totally normal healing stuff.Will update with body pics in a few weeks."- J. / RealSelf / Mar 18, 2020
"Dr. Katzen is a True Gem!!!! - What makes Dr. Katzen stood out for me was his demeanor and how wonderful his patients talk about him. Dr. Katzen is a true gem and I am so glad I went with him. He stuck with me from beginning to end. I felt safe and comfortable with him the entire journey. I had the pleasure of meeting many of his post-op patients in the lobby. We all pretty much agree he is awesome!"- J.P. / RealSelf / Mar 18, 2020
"Extended Tummy Tuck and Gynecomastia Surgery After 140 Pound Weight Loss - I am a 47-year-old male who underwent gastric bypass surgery. I lost approximately 140 pounds. Like many patients, I experienced sagging excess skin in my abdomen along with other areas. My arms and thighs surprisingly was not horribly bad, I could live with it. The two areas that bothered me the most was my abdomen and chest area. I found Dr. Katzen and knew immediately, I can trust my life with him. I underwent an extended tummy tuck and gynecomastia surgery, both with excellent results."- P. / RealSelf / Mar 18, 2020
"Dr. Katzen is Total Perfection! - I am proud to brag about my plastic surgeon, Dr. Katzen. His education is matched with his ability to operate. He is total perfection. I had the body lift and it is so very nice. Dr. Katzen tightened me up in all the right places."- N.M. / RealSelf / Mar 18, 2020
Cheek Augmentation Ideal Candidates
Ideal candidates for cheek augmentation are women or men who:
- Would like better, fuller contours in their cheeks
- Have age-related volume loss in their cheeks
- Have naturally flat or hollow cheeks
- Have lost a large amount of weight, causing deflated cheeks
- Have asymmetry in their cheeks caused by genetics, a health condition, or an accident
- Are in good general health
Dermal filler injections can be a good option for patients who want to avoid the time and expense of surgical implants. Since dermal filler injections are temporary, it can also help patients get a better idea of the amount of volume and lift they would like before receiving a long-lasting solution, like implants. Cheek implants are better for those who want their results to last for many years and are willing to commit time to recovery after surgery.
Cheek Augmentation Surgical Technique
Prior to your cheek augmentation, Dr. Katzen will perform a detailed assessment to decide on a customized treatment plan that is ideal for your unique cosmetic goals. During your initial consultation, you will select your treatment method: nonsurgical dermal fillers or surgical cheek implants.
Dermal fillers can be completed in our Beverly Hills, CA office as an outpatient procedure. On average, this technique takes about 20 – 30 minutes to complete. Before your treatment, the injection sites will be marked along the hollows of the cheeks. From there, the filler will be injected carefully at the selected sites and massaged to create an even fullness. You will be able to leave immediately following the procedure and continue your daily routine.
Surgical cheek augmentation is an outpatient procedure that is performed in an accredited facility since patients are usually put under with general anesthesia. Once you are prepped, small incisions will be created inside the gums so a pocket can be made over the cheekbone. Then, the implants will be securely placed and the incisions will be closed. Cheek implant surgery usually takes about an hour, and you will be released to a family member or friend to recover at home.
What to Expect with Cheek Augmentation
Following dermal filler injections in the cheeks, the mid-face may feel tender and sore with minor swelling for about 3 – 5 days. Cold compresses and over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to lessen your discomfort. Optimal results are typically seen in 10 – 14 days. Continuous sessions will be required since fillers are a temporary option.
With surgical cheek augmentation, you will probably experience tightness, swelling, and bruising for around 1 – 2 weeks following your procedure. Vigorous activity that will put a strain on your facial muscles (like lifting weights) should be avoided for about 7 – 10 days. Optimal healing generally is achieved in about two months, but the results last for many years.
Cheek Augmentation Frequently Asked Questions
What type of dermal fillers do you use for injections?
Our Beverly Hills, CA office offers a range of effective injectable dermal fillers for the purpose of adding volume to the mid-face and cheeks. The filler you receive for your nonsurgical cheek augmentation will depend on your needs, goals, and budget.
What if I have an asymmetrical face?
You would be surprised to hear that many people, even some models and celebrities, have asymmetrical faces. It's natural to think that not having a mirror-like reflection of both sides of your face is an abnormality. If you are concerned that your facial asymmetry is unattractive or that you do not have a balance to your overall facial appearance because of the volume or height of your cheekbones, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Katzen to have him assess your options. If you are considering a cheek implant or filler to make your cheekbones the same height or higher, call us today to schedule your appointment.
Can I have a fat grafting performed to fill in my cheeks?
Yes. In fact, Dr. Katzen employs advanced fat grafting techniques for the restoration of volume in the soft tissues of the face and around the orbits. Using your own fat can create a more youthful shape to the face. This method may even feel more natural to the touch than a synthetic implant or a temporary dermal filler. To determine if a fat grafting procedure is right for you, we recommend setting up an appointment with Dr. Katzen for an exam and consultation at our office in Beverly Hills, CA.
Get Full, Beautiful Cheeks
Do you have naturally thin, hollow cheeks? Have your cheeks lost their youthful contours after significant weight loss or aging? If either of these scenarios describes you, contact our Beverly Hills, CA office to schedule a consult with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen and learn more about available options to build natural-looking volume in your cheeks. Whether you select surgical or nonsurgical means, you can improve your overall appearance with cheek augmentation.