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If you are unhappy with the loss of volume in your cheekbones and mid-face region, consider a cheek implant. Cheek implants, also referred to as cheek augmentation, malar augmentation or submalar augmentation, is a plastic surgery procedure that adds definition and volume to the cheeks and/or cheekbones. With five convenient locations serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine, Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Phillip Garcia, offers cheek augmentation for men and women who live in North Florida. Restored volume and contour in the cheekbones can help rejuvenate the entire face and restore a harmonious balance between all your facial features. Cheek augmentation is recommended for healthy individuals with realistic expectations who want to add new contour and definition to their face.

What Is Cheek Augmentation?

Cheek augmentation consists of two procedures known as malar augmentation or submalar augmentation. Both of these enhance the cheek and cheekbone area of the face, adding volume and definition. Prominent cheekbones may make your face appear slimmer, enhancing your other facial features.

If the upper cheek areas are flat or have become flat with aging, a cheek implant restores prominence and projection to this area. Cheek implant surgery uses man-made materials to augment the middle and lower thirds of the face. Ideally, the face should be divided into equally proportioned thirds in the upper, middle and lower parts. Each of these parts should have proportional prominence and symmetry.

What Materials Do You Use For Cheek Implant Surgery?

Cheek implants are made from Silastic®, which is a non-absorbable, soft, medical-grade implant material that looks and feels completely natural.

The Cheek Augmentation Procedure

Board-certified Jacksonville plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Garcia analyzes your face and proposes solutions that create or restore prominence to the cheek area.

Implants come in different sizes and are used to improve bone structure, correct specific problem areas and/or augment the soft tissue in the mid-facial region. The texture, quality and thickness of your skin, along with the natural contours of your jaw, chin, nose and underlying bone structure are all carefully analyzed and evaluated by Dr. Garcia prior to performing a cheek augmentation.

The cheek augmentation procedure typically takes two hours to perform under local/twilight anesthesia. The implants are inserted through tiny incisions inside the mouth beneath the upper lip. Our Jacksonville cosmetic surgeon does not use external incisions for your implant surgeries. The type of implant, size and shape are all determined based on the patient’s natural anatomy. Implants may be adhered in position with a small screw. Patients typically go home the same evening following their surgery. Absorbable sutures are always used inside your mouth with implant surgery.

Many times, these operations are performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as rhinoplasty or facelift surgery.

How Do I Choose The Right Type Of Cheek Augmentation For Me?

Dr. Garcia will evaluate your facial features and help you determine which areas may be augmented on your cheeks to make your face look fuller and younger. Thanks to his extensive experience in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Garcia will provide you with expert recommendations for enhancing your facial features to improve and rejuvenate your appearance.

How Long Does Cheek Enhancement Surgery Last?

The length of surgery is determined by the type and amount of work performed. Most cheek augmentation surgeries take about two hours. Patients typically go home the same evening following their procedure.

Is There Pain After Implant Chin Surgery?

No. Chin implant surgery is not painful. At worst, you may feel a very small amount of tightness and swelling for a few days after the procedure, but this will subside as your swelling goes down. Occasionally, patients feel temporary numbness in the operated areas, but this improves in a matter of weeks.

Where will I stay after Cheek Augmentation?

Once your cheek augmentation surgery is completed, you will be taken to one of our recovery cottages, where you will have a certified caregiver stay with you all night. The caregiver will help feed you and help you get around, among other things. One of your family members is welcome to stay at the recovery cottage.

Will I Look Unnatural After Cheek Implant Surgery?

The goal of cheek implant surgery is to create prominence to the cheek area in a natural fashion that falls inside the proportions of your face. Remember, the goal, as with all of our operations, is to make you look natural and well proportioned. Jacksonville cosmetic surgeon Dr. Phillip Garcia specializes in cheek implant surgery and will only recommend implants that allow you to look natural.

How Much Time Does It Take After Cheek Augmentation To Return To Regular Activities?

Most patients may comfortably return to work and regular activities after about two weeks following cheek enhancement surgery. Cheek enhancement surgery normally heals faster than other plastic surgery procedures, such as a facelift.

Are There Any Adjustments I Need To Make To My Lifestyle After Cheek Augmentation?

You will receive post-surgery instructions that you must follow carefully. You may have to forego wearing makeup for a short period of time to aid and speed up the healing process. For the first two weeks following surgery, you will need to eat a diet of soft food and limit physical activities while your face heals.

How Much Does Cheek Augmentation Cost in Jacksonville?

The cost of cheek implant surgery varies from patient to patient. If associated with another procedure, such as a facelift or rhinoplasty, the cost may be less than if performed alone. Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery provides easy financing options and accepts cash, major credit cards, and personal checks for cheek augmentation in order to keep this and other procedures accessible to all patients. To find out more on the cost of cheek implant surgery, contact Jacksonville plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Garcia for a consultation.

Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery is the leading facial plastic surgery center on the First Coast. As a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, specializing solely in cosmetic facial procedures, Dr. Phillip Garcia provides his North Florida patients with exceptional skills and results that last. For more information on cheek implants or to schedule a consultation at one of our five convenient locations in Jacksonville (Town Center), Avondale, Julington Creek, Fleming Island or Palm Coast, please contact us today.


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