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
"Dr. Katzen is amazing. His knowledge and bedside banner area impeccable. He kept me informed every step of the way. His staff is just as impressive, they are patient and responsive 24hrs a day. He is great with the bariatric patient community, he knows how to get rid of our loose skin and hide all the scars. Thank you for all your help!"- C.R. / Google / Jan 18, 2020
"Dr Katzen Saved my Life! - No amount of words can describe how grateful I am to have found this doctor! I had illegal silicone injected in my buttocks when I was 23. Little did I know that they will almost kill me 10 years later! End stage renal failure and dialysis is not exactly what I wanted to hear at 33 years of age. There was no significant evidence to prove if the free floating silicone was responsible for any of it but it was a theory from my amazing kidney doctor. For 2 years I researched all the facts, had to get on the transplant list, paid doctors for consults to see if anyone can help me and all I seemed to find was Drs that either wouldn’t operate on me stating that I’m a “liability” or drs that said well it looks fine maybe you shouldn’t touch it. Finally I found Dr Katzen! I watched his videos, read the reviews and somehow felt that maybe there might be hope for me still. I had scheduled a consult with Dr Katzen via SKYPE and it was for FREE! I made a list of so many questions or concerns I had and he answered them all. We spoke for nearly an hour. I never felt pressured of any kind and his team helped me with anything And everything! I needed to know I tried everything to save my life so after 4 months I scheduled my surgery. The dr and the staff gave me all the information I needed such as were to stay for the after care, how long to stay for and what I would need since I was coming from NY. So there I was going in to surgery and my future was in his hands. 8 hours it took to get this out of me! It has migrated to the hips and the groin area! But it was all out and I was alive! According to the other doctors I wouldn’t have made it thru a surgery like that. Yet in the hands of Dr Katzen there I was alive and happy. Fast forward 6 months after... I feel like a whole new person! The scars altho all the way around my body are tiny, my body looks better now then before, I feel amazing and the most important fact I no longer need a kidney transplant, nor do I need dialysis my calcium stabilized I’m no longer anemic and I get my period every month not 2 times a year like before. Thank you Dr Katzen and your whole teem for GIVING ME MY LIFE BACK! I sit here and cry happy tears because at 36 my life did not end, I now have a future, I now have hope and I will forever be grateful for you Dr Katzen who took a chance on me and saved my life! Thank you!"- Y. / RealSelf / Mar 18, 2020
"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
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.
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
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.
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.