Prominent cheeks are considered cosmetically pleasing and youthful. In some people the cheekbone is indistinct, resulting in a flattened appearance of the face either due to aging or genetics. Improving the prominence of the cheekbones in the older age group has the result of tightening the facial skin and soft tissues as well.
Augmenting the cheek is frequently accomplished by injection of various filler materials which Dr. Mirmanesh performs regularly, however it has to be periodically repeated requiring injections every 6-12 months. For a patient who knows they will always look better with fuller cheeks, the insertion of a cheek implants makes sense.
The use of soft, silicone, cheek implants offers a workable and permanent solution for this type of facial rejuvenation.
The procedure is usually performed through an incision in the mouth, placed just above the gum line. A pocket is created above the bony surface of the cheek to insert the implant. The implant is positioned and stabilized using a screw that provides stability to the implant during the healing phase. The screw is left in place permanently. The size of the implant and the amount of augmentation is decided ahead of time during consultation with Dr. Mirmanesh.