About Cheek Augmentation
Sunken or hollow cheeks may make you seem a lot older than you are, and no one wishes to look older. At Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa, plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas perform cheek augmentation to create a fuller facial contour. Mid-face augmentation can be performed using silicone cheek implants or a fat transfer. In your initial consult, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas can talk about both choices and decide which will be the best match for your needs and goals. Call our Santa Rosa, CA office to schedule an appointment and find out how cheek augmentation may help you attain a fuller, younger-looking appearance.
"Breast augmentation was something I'd always dreamed of but it also seemed so daunting! I barely had the guts to call Dr. Furnas's office. I was completely blown away at how open and caring they were, even on that first call, and especially the first visit. It was important that I felt safe, listened to, respected, and the whole team just went above and beyond it all. It was neat to find out Dr. Furnas is also an artist! If she had the eye to be an amazing artist then she would see every detail needed to do well with symmetry and surgery. It was also especially important that my plastic surgeon be a woman. Being unconscious for a surgery is scary, and it was a privilege to have an all female team. Surgery was January 2020 and the results are already beyond my very best expectations, I finally feel confident and free in my body. I can wear the tops I always wanted, no more crazy uncomfortable padded push up bras! Who knew silicone could make you feel MORE authentic?"- A.L. / Yelp / Feb 28, 2020
"I absolutely love this place! I had my lips done about 2 years ago I tagged a long with a friend of mine who would come here regularly and my experience was wonderful! Then I had my boobs done back in May because of so many people I know who went here and all I heard was good reviews! My experience was amazing the customer service is always amazing everyone is so kind and sweet and helpful! I am so happy with my boob job everything went exactly as they told me it would. I just had a tummy tuck 2 days ago and I wanted to make sure to leave a review because I again am beyond happy with my results and overall my entire experience! I highly recommend this place to anyone! I saw Dr Fernus for both my surgeries she is so sweet! Definitely worth every penny I feel so much better about myself since my operations!"- W.W. / Yelp / Nov 20, 2019
"Great, Amazing place good outcome"- L.J. / Facebook / Nov 15, 2019
"I am so happy with my results. I had an awful double chin issue that would not go away with diet or exercise. I tried Kybella with a different facility and received little to no results. Dr. Furnas did chin lipo for me and the results are fantastic. I had a lot of scar tissue due to the Kybella but she was able to still do a phenomenal job. My overall experience has been great and everyone there is so sweet and attentive. I've also been going there for all my botox needs. If anyone is at all on the fence about getting botox, I highly recommend going for it at this place. No pain and the results are the best. I look amazing, THANK YOU!"- M.G. / Google / Oct 18, 2019
"Dr Furnas and her team are a class act! From consultation to surgery to post op they are seamless! This is the second time I’ve seen Dr Furnas. During the consult she took her time answered all of my questions and gave me her honest opinion! I’m very happy with the results and would recommend! Her office team is also wonderful. I give 5 Stars 🌟"- M.M. / Facebook / Oct 18, 2019
Cheek Augmentation Ideal Candidates
The best patients for cheek enhancement are adults who:
- Would like better contours in their mid-face
- Have lost volume in their cheeks with age
- Have genetically hollow or flat cheeks
- Have lost a large amount of weight, leading to sagging cheeks
- Have an imbalance in their mid-face from a congenital defect, a physical condition, or an accident
- Have good general health
A fat transfer can be a good choice for men and women who don't want to commit to the expense and time of surgical implants. Although a facial fat transfer is extremely safe with no chance for rejection or allergic reaction, not every patient will be a good candidate. Adequate donor fat must be available to achieve the desired results. Surgical cheek augmentation with implants is a good choice for those who are willing to take the time to recover after their surgery.
Cheek Augmentation Surgical Technique
Before your cheek augmentation, we will complete a thorough assessment to decide on a customized treatment plan that is best for your unique cosmetic goals. In your initial consultation, you can select your treatment method: a fat transfer or cheek implants.
With a fat transfer, instead of placing a silicone implant, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will remove fatty tissue from a donor area, such as the abdomen or thighs. This fat is then placed into a special centrifuge, separating the fat cells, which are then injected into the target area. These living cells adhere to the existing tissue, providing long-lasting and natural-looking results.
Cheek augmentation surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure at an accredited surgical facility because patients are generally sedated using general anesthesia. When you are ready, thin incisions are created in the gums and a pocket will be made above the cheekbones. Next, the selected implants will be placed and the incisions in the mouth will be closed. Cheek implant surgery typically lasts around an hour, and you can be allowed to go home with a family member or friend to start your recovery at home.
What to Expect with Cheek Augmentation
After surgical cheek augmentation, you will probably have bruising, swelling, and tightness for around 1 – 2 weeks after your surgery. Strenuous activity that may put strain on your facial muscles (such as lifting weights) needs to be skipped for about 7 – 10 days. Total healing generally is achieved in around two months; however, the outcomes last for many years.
Following a fat transfer, the mid-face can be sore or tender with mild inflammation for around 3 – 5 days. Cold compresses and non-prescription pain medication may be used to lessen any discomfort. However, it's also important to note that the area where the fat was extracted (thigh or abdomen) will also need time to heal. It's important to follow all aftercare instructions accordingly to aid in proper healing.
Cheek Augmentation Frequently Asked Questions
How much does cheek augmentation cost?
The cost of cheek augmentation will depend on your unique condition and the surgical technique used to attain your desired results. During your initial consultation, we can go over all your questions, create a custom treatment plan, and discuss your costs. We accept a variety of payments and can help you find low-interest medical financing.
What if I have an asymmetrical face?
Many individuals are unhappy with the contours of their face, which is one of the top reasons why they decide to alter the size and shape of their cheeks. Our goal is to help you attain the symmetrical look you desire so you no longer have to be embarrassed by your cosmetic imperfections. We want you to be able to show off your facial features confidently.
Can I have fat transfer performed to fill in my cheeks?
Yes. Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas offer fat grafting as an option for attaining fuller-looking cheeks. This technique uses your own fat and transfers it to the necessary area for natural, voluminous results. During your consultation, we can discuss the differences between dermal fillers, implants, and a fat transfer to help determine which option is best for you.
Get Full, Beautiful Cheeks
Were you born with thin, hollow cheeks? Or maybe your mid-face has lost its volume with age or after significant weight loss? Contact our Santa Rosa, CA office to make a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas to learn more about available options for cheek augmentation. Whether you select nonsurgical or surgical, you can improve your overall appearance with cheek augmentation at Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa.