• Cheek Implants vs. Dermal Fillers

    by Mark Youssef, MD
    on May 19th, 2017

Whether your cheek bones have always been rather small or you’ve started to notice the cheek area shrink back over time, cheek augmentation through dermal fillers or cheek implants is a popular request we receive in our Santa Monica practice. Enhanced cheek bones are a symbol of youth and vitality, and it’s relatively easy to achieve this look through the use of dermal fillers or cheek implants with little downtime and natural-looking results.

Dermal Fillers for Cheek Augmentation

Although temporary, dermal fillers may be used for cheek augmentation when the fat pad in the area has begun to shrink. This is the least invasive route to go, as a very fine needle is used to inject the filler. Patients prefer this route because it’s less invasive than surgery and costs less than the initial charge for cheek implants.

Cheek Implants: A more permanent solution

Cheek implants, while a surgical procedure and therefore more invasive than injectable fillers, only take about 30-45 minutes in surgery. After the surgery is completed, you have healed and swelling has gone down, you can expect to maintain your cheek enhancement results throughout your lifetime. Follow-up appointments are necessary to ensure the implants are in good shape and so Dr. Youssef can make sure that you’re recovering well after surgery. Patients prefer cheek implant surgery when they want a permanent solution, without repeat visits to our practice for more dermal filler treatments. While the initial cost is higher than that of an injectable treatment, the long-term savings are high in time spent in our practice, future appointment booking and long-term costs associated with repeat dermal filler treatments.

Find out if a dermal filler cheek augmentation or cheek implants are right for you by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Youssef today!

Author Mark Youssef, MD Cosmetic Surgeon

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