Sometimes patients are surprised how a slight adjustment to one facial feature can really bring out the beauty of the rest of their face. That’s certainly true when it comes to the cheekbones. Many people don’t realize it, but having sculpted, attractive cheekbones is a great way for people to look their absolute best. The team here at our Santa Barbara plastic surgery center would like to take a moment right now to show you some of the great options out there for enhancing the appearance of the cheekbone area.

About Cheek Augmentation

Cheek augmentation refers to various treatments that are designed to enhance the shape, prominence, and overall appearance of the cheekbones. One of the most popular options for cheek augmentation involves the use of facial implants. This is a rather common and effective facial plastic surgery option.

Who are good candidates for cheek augmentation?

The best candidates for cheekbone implants are people who are in generally good health and do not suffer from any health conditions that may make surgery of any sort potentially harmful. These potential candidates for surgery should also have realistic expectations about what the surgery can achieve as well as a generally positive attitude about the surgery.

When you meet with a Santa Barbara cosmetic plastic surgeon, you’ll be able to learn if the surgery is a good option for you and your needs.

How do facial implants work?

Facial implants come in different shapes and sizes in order to meet the needs of the patient. The implants are made of different kinds of materials in order to account for varying textures of natural tissue and the part of the body being enhanced. Facial implants are commonly used to address contouring issues related to the cheekbones, the lips, and the chin, and they can be easily customized to the patient.

The Cheek Augmentation Procedure

There are different ways for surgeons to place facial implants for the cheeks. If there are other facial surgeries being performed, the cheekbone implants are often placed using those incisions when applicable. When performed as a standalone procedure, the cheek implants are often placed through incisions in the lower eyelids or inside the mouth. We will discuss all of your options for incision sites during your consultation.

Cheek Implant Alternatives

If you are not a good candidate for cheekbone implants, there are other options to consider that yield comparable results. These alternatives to cheek implants involve the use of dermal filler injections. These injections will add volume to the cheekbones, making them look well-defined and appealing. Though the results of dermal filler injections will only last a few months, additional treatments can be performed as needed.

Other Options for Facial Rejuvenation and Enhancement

While cheek implants can make a major impact on your appearance, there are plenty of other facial enhancement and rejuvenation options to consider, such as a Santa Barbara facelift or an eyelift. We will be more than happy to discuss these options for anti-aging makeovers and aesthetic improvements when you stop by the practice for a visit.

Learn More About Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

For more information about cheek implants and other ways to enhance the overall contour and appearance of your face, be sure to contact a Santa Barbara cosmetic plastic surgeon today. Our entire team is eager to help you achieve the look that you have always wanted.

Douglas J. Mackenzie, MD

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