For those with naturally deficient cheeks or those who have lost volume due to aging or weight loss, volume can be added through cheek implants. The implants are inserted on or below the cheekbones by Chicago plastic surgeon, Dr. Karol Gutowski. He also uses cheek implants to help minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles and provide lift to a sagging jaw line. During a consultation, Dr. Gutowski will thoroughly go over the options available including the size, type and shape of implants that can be placed. After surgery, patients will be left with a more youthful, contoured look.
"I feel natural, and I can't put a price tag on how I feel with self confidence - After having 4 kids naturally I was uncomfortable with how my body looked. Nursing had depleted my breasts and my belly button still stuck out like I was 9 months pregnant. My husband and I agree that my body needed some attention. I needed a breast augmentation and surgery to push my belly button back in. After an intensive research process which also included 4 in-person consultations in..."- B. / RealSelf / May 28, 2017
"Very Pleased with my Results. - One of my friends recommend Dr.Karol A.Gutowski for my eye lid surgery. I made the decision to see him and I was very pleased with the results. He and his staff was very professional and helpful. They explained every move to me throughout the process and made me feel very safe. A couple after the surgery I had a question and I was able to contact him directly through his cell phone and..."- S. / RealSelf / Mar 28, 2019
"He is very competent, caring and kind - Dr. Gutowski is FANTASTIC! He is very competent, caring and kind. You can feel very confident with any procedure you have that the outcome will be beautiful. He does an amazing job and always has the best interest of patient at heart. He is the best and I wouldn't see anyone else!"- M. / RealSelf / Mar 11, 2019
"Wonderful Experience - I am 68 years old and consulted with Dr Gatowski and Jocelin for noninvasive treatment for my neck. After discussing my options, I chose to have liposuction and the Profound RF. I experienced no pain and the entire staff couldn’t have been more attentive and accommodating during and after the procedures. It has now been 12 days and I am so pleased already with the improvement I see. My only r..."- T. / RealSelf / Feb 25, 2019
"Under Eye Injections by Dr. G - My experience with Dr. G was awesome! I’ve never had anything cosmetic done before so I was very nervous. I did a lot of research for Drs who do injectable fillers for the eye bag area. I came across Dr. G and decided to go with him. He made me feel very comfortable and never pushed anything on me. He listened to my concerns and chose which filler would be best for me. The procedure was way b..."- A. / RealSelf / Jan 28, 2019
Cheek implants are either placed within the malar (directly on the cheek bone) or submalar (below the cheekbone) area. These are inserted through incisions made typically within the upper lip or below the eyes. Implants can vary in type, size and shape depending on the analysis of the cheek structure. Listed below are the common methods used for cheek augmentation techniques.
Silicone is a permanent solution to add volume to the cheeks with a variety of shapes and sizes that match the patient’s preference. The surgeon will consider the silicone shape and size, as well as the definition the implant will provide after a digital analysis of the patient’s face structure has been assessed. Pockets will be made directly against the cheekbone where the implants will be fitted and sutured. This type of silicone is unlike the silicone gel found in breast implants and it is a safer option as it is in solid form and does not run any risks of leakage.
Another popular implant option is porous polyethylene, which is also inserted the same way as a silicone implant. Because the material is porous, it shapes naturally according to the cheek’s internal contours. This type of implant also attaches better to the bones and tissues and allows tissue grow through it further adjusting it to the cheek’s natural form. A disadvantage with this implant is because of this tissue integration, it is quite difficult to remove the implant should the patient want it taken out.
This is a natural occurring substance within the body and often found in the connective tissue. It is processed as an injectable filler for medical purposes, including cosmetic surgery. The least invasive of all procedures, the filler is injected in deep layers within the mid-face area. While most fillers create beautiful, natural results, the outcome is not permanent. Most fillers will last approximately 6-12 months.
Another natural substance that can be injected into the mid-face to enhance volume is the patient’s own fat tissues that are harvested from donor sites using liposuction, and then reinjected into the cheeks. Fat can also be absorbed by the body over time, so similar to an injectable filler, this option does not create a permanent result.
Cheek augmentation is done as an outpatient procedure with the use of anesthesia. It is performed in an accredited surgical facility and normally takes up to 1 hour to complete. Bruising, swelling and numbness are a part of the immediate recovery and usually subside within the second week. Although the result is instantly noticeable, over the course of a few months as the implant settles into its new position, the results will become softer and more natural.
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Cheek Implant FAQs
Implants or Fillers?
Generally, both have long-standing records when it comes to safety. The major concern that many patients have is how permanent the results are. Injectable fillers are mostly temporary. As these are manufactured from natural substances, a great volume of the filler is absorbed by the body. Silicone implants are made solid in this type of augmentation and has no risk of leakage, which renders them more permanent than the other materials.
Initially, the face will feel stretched and tight as the implants settle into its position. This is normal and the sensation will gradually disappear until a month passes. It is important to find a plastic surgeon that has a good track record in performing facial procedures to ensure that the results will be according to the patient’s aesthetic goals.
Will There Be Scars?
Since the incisions are made within the mouth and underneath the upper lip, the scars will not be visible. The scars will dissolve on their own.