For many, well-defined cheeks symbolize youth and are rather pleasing to the eyes. That said, not everyone is born with such contoured facial features, and aging can also affect those who have it, causing their face to look more sunken and gaunt. Whether you are simply looking to address the effects of aging on your countenance or wish to improve it further, modern innovations in aesthetics can help you achieve your desired looks.

Here is a brief overview of three main treatments that can help restore or add volume to your cheeks.

Cheek augmentation

Cheek augmentation addresses the underlying structure of a patient’s cheeks by modifying them with implants made from medical-grade silicone or a composite material that fuses with the cheekbones. These implants thus increase the projection of the cheeks and add volume to the face, improving its overall balance and attractiveness. Apart from that, they can also correct scarring and facial asymmetries.

Not all implants have the same effect, however. For instance, submalar implants work to restore the effects of aging, specifically a sunken appearance. In contrast, malar implants lift the cheekbones to make them sharper and more prominent. If you wish to have both effects, combined implants provide the benefits of the previous two and reinvent the overall look of the face.

Note that cheek augmentation is generally a permanent solution and thus requires an invasive surgical procedure. While there are risks associated with this treatment, there is mostly nothing to be concerned about when you work with an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon. That said, the common complications of this treatment include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Infection and inflammation
  • Damage to the facial muscles
  • Bleeding
  • Facial asymmetry

Cheek fillers

Cheek or dermal fillers are more of a temporary and less intrusive solution that also keeps the effects of aging at bay. Therefore, this option may be the better choice for those who have been considering cheek implants yet feel uncomfortable undergoing surgery. In a way, they can be considered a “test drive” of your new cheeks and see if it is worth making it permanent.

Cheek fillers come in many different types, each working in unique ways to enhance the appearance of your cheekbones. The most common filler used today is hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance in the skin. Other fillers your dermatologist may recommend are calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, and polymethyl methacrylate.

Although injecting cheek fillers is a low-risk procedure, there is the possibility of the body rejecting them. Also, there are other complications to be aware of, including:

  • Bruising
  • Hives
  • Redness and itchiness
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling and tenderness

Should these complications occur, they typically go away on their own in a week or two. And if you are at risk of experiencing more serious complications, your dermatologist will let you know about it and suggest the most suitable filler to avoid them. Otherwise, they may recommend other cosmetic procedures instead.

Fat grafting

Fat grafting is a semi-permanent, flexible, and minimally invasive surgical procedure that takes fat from one part of the body and transfers it to the face, restoring its volume. This treatment provides a naturally enhanced and long-term look with little risk of infection or rejection from the body, granting patients considerable peace of mind. Furthermore, the purified and injected fat graft lasts far longer than traditional cheek fillers like hyaluronic acid, with visible results noticeable after 2-3 weeks post-surgery and gradually improving.

Since fat grafting takes fat from the body, the donor area must be bandaged and given time to recover. Also, your dermatologist may require you to stay overnight, depending on how much fat is extracted. Common side effects include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Soreness

Enjoy well-defined cheeks with cheek augmentation at The Clifford Surgery Clinic

Here at The Clifford Surgery Clinic, we offer all three cheek treatments mentioned above, with our experienced surgeons guiding you throughout the entire process, starting with a consultation.

Once the expected results align with what you’re looking for, you can choose between general or local anesthesia should you prefer the permanence of cheek augmentation. The implants will be inserted through an incision that depends on where you are most comfortable. Your surgeon will then position the implants correctly before sewing the insertion point shut with sutures that the body absorbs over time. All this takes no more than 30-90 minutes to complete.

If you are looking for a reliable and veteran plastic surgeon, look no further than Clifford Surgery Clinic. With 18 years of experience under our belt and countless satisfied customers over the years, we are the go-to choice for all things cosmetic surgery – no matter if you are looking for scarless eye bag removal, dimple creation surgery, or abdominoplasty surgery in Singapore.

Contact us to book an appointment today.