Our team of cosmetic physicians is dedicated to creating natural-looking lift and contour for cheeks.
Some people want fuller, higher “cheekbones” than they were born with, but most people who want to add volume to their cheeks are simply seeking to replace what time has stolen from them. You see, as we age, or even diet, we all lose some of the normal fat volume throughout our faces.
” I’m 51 and was a bit scared to try this for fear of looking odd. But Dr. Karalok knows what he’s doing, has a cautious and sincere style. I love love the way I look.”
–Cheek Filler Patient, jchammas on RealSelf.com
Natural-Looking, Full, Lifted Cheeks
Loss of fat in the upper cheeks happens fast through our late-30’s to mid-60’s. It’s part of the natural aging process for us all, but it can also happen sooner and faster if we lose a significant amount of weight, or from certain illnesses that cause what’s called “facial wasting.” When we lose this fat in our upper cheeks, the face deflates, almost like a balloon, and everything falls forward and downward, creating deep wrinkles and folds. This is the main culprit behind deep smile lines, jowls, and jawline laxity.
Fat Transfer or Dermal Fillers for Restoring Volume in the Cheeks
The first step towards correcting this loss of normal fat volume in the upper cheeks is to add volume back in, either using your own fat, or with dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers offer instant results with a series of simple injections. The most common dermal fillers used to restore the cheek’s volume are Lyft, Voluma, Radiesse, and Sculptra. Lyft and Voluma are very similar. They are cross-linked hyaluronic acid that offers a bouncy, natural lift in the cheek. Other dermal filler options include Radiesse and Sculptra. Radiesse is made of tiny calcium-based microspheres suspended in a gel. This offers immediate plumping, and in the long-term your body responds to these calcium particles by building new collagen. Sculptra works similiarly, using the same material as dissolving sutures in a liquid form, to stimulate collagen growth. However, Sculptra doesn’t offer the immediate results of these other filler options, but creates the longest-lasting results. Some patients prefer this because it’s a very under-the-radar approach, and others will combine Sculptra with hyaluronic acid fillers to see a faster result.
Fat Transfer uses your own fat, transferred from your abdomen or love handles to your face. The fat lives happily in its new home, and ages alongside your other cells in the same fashion. This creates a very natural and long-lasting result.
Lifting Threads for Cheeks
When skin laxity (looseness) is a major concern for cheeks, lifting threads can offer immediate results plus collagen stimulation which helps firm and lift the skin in the long-term. These dissolving thread lifts by NOVA and Silhouette InstaLift are a perfect stepping stone procedure for those not quite ready for surgical intervention, or for those who cannot take the recovery time off for a surgical procedure. Because results are immediate and there’s very little downtime, these lifting threads are a big hit among mothers-of-the-bride and other patients with big events they need to look their best for in a hurry.
Facelift for Lifting Cheeks
When the cause of cheek deflation has grown beyond fat and skin and has started to incorporate sagging and loose muscles, a facelift becomes the only option to fully correct the damage of aging. Dr. Mark Karolak, our board certified facial plastic surgeon, performs facelifts under local anesthesia, for increase safety, shorter and easier recovery, and better results than general anesthesia can offer. This procedure first tightens the muscles, then lifts the fat pads back into their optimal positions, and finally drapes the skin back for a natural result that’s never too tight.
The Perfect Cheeks at Reflections
Our dedicated cosmetic physicians will help you create a contoured, lifted cheek, without looking weird or distorted. Our natural approach to beauty highlights and maintains your natural beauty and the features you love most. So you’ll look like you, only better!
For a complimentary consultation with one of our cosmetic physicians, please call (732) 356-1666.