High cheek bones and fuller cheeks have always been a sign of youth and health in our society. As people age, they may lose some of the volume in their cheeks and some skin elasticity. This results in the appearance of hollow eyes and cheeks as well as sagging of the cheek itself, leading to deeper laugh lines and a tired look in the face. Restoring volume in the cheeks gives the effect of a mid-facelift, leading to a more youthful appearance and a lessening of visible nasolabial folds (laugh lines). There are many ways to lift and fill the cheeks, such as a mid-face lift, traditional face lift, placement of an implant, the injection of fat to the area, or a filler injection.
With a non-surgical cheek augmentation, we use fillers such as Juvéderm VOLUMA, Radiesse, or Restylane to restore volume to the cheeks and eyelid junction. Non-surgical cheek augmentation is much safer and less costly than traditional cheek implants or a surgical facelift. There is no significant recovery time with non-surgical cheek enhancement, and most patients can return to work immediately after their treatment.
To minimize the risk of bruising, Dr. Haiavy, Dr. Tower, and Dr. Florin use special blunt needles for the injection and sculpting of the cheeks. There is some mild swelling, and you may feel sore afterward, but soreness will typically dissipate within a few hours. Swelling resolves within a day or so, and if bruising occurs, it is usually gone in a matter of days.
Facial rejuvenation with acupuncture is complementary to aesthetic plastic surgery as an adjunct or alternative to other procedures. Many younger patients and established patients needing maintenance do not require major surgery and can greatly benefit from such a noninvasive approach.