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 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.
"I recently got a breast augmentation and it was the best decision I ever made. Dr. Furnas and her team are amazing - they listened to every concern and question I had and made me feel extremely comfortable with the whole procedure. I was truly impressed by how smoothly the entire process played out - from pre-op to recovery, they made it so easy and pain-free for me and I couldn't be happier with the results. I highly recommend PSA to anyone considering any kind of procedure - their work speaks for itself!"- J.C. / Google / Oct 03, 2019
"I had eyelid surgery to fix my droopy eyelids, and couldn’t be happier with the results! Having surgery is always scary; however, Dr. Furnas and her staff thoughtfully answered all of my questions and put my mind at ease throughout the entire process. Every staff member is available to answer any questions/concerns and genuinely care about their patient's outcome. Before the surgery, my eyelids were very uneven with my left eye looking much smaller than my right eye. Thanks to Dr. Furnas’ attention to detail, my eyes are now symmetrical and much more open. My recovery was straightforward with very little downtime, and I had virtually no pain and minimal bruising. Dr. Furnas is kind, easy to talk to, and her expertise is amazing. I am incredibly pleased with my results and truly grateful to Dr. Furnas and her staff."- A.K. / Google / Sep 24, 2019
"I can’t say enough about the positive experience I had at Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa. The staff was warm and friendly and made me feel comfortable from the start. Dr. Canales is so kind and calming, he answered all of my questions and made sure I was fully prepared before my surgery. He is a true artist and master of his work. My results are exactly what I was looking for and match to a T the photo I showed him. Dr. Canales is a gift to the industry and I am so happy and feel blessed I was able to work with him. He is personable, honest and easy going. I fully trust in him and his team. I was so nervous going into the experience and from start to finish it was so much easier and more smooth than I could have dreamed. I am so happy and thankful for my results and my only wish is that I had done it sooner. Thank you, Dr. Canales and Team!"- L.D. / Google / Sep 18, 2019
"Everyone at PSA is absolutely amazing. The girls and Dr. Canales are just wonderful. I recently took my Mother (Spanish-speaking only) for her consultation. Speaking on my mom's behalf and myself, everyone treated us with the upmost respect and made us feel very comfortable. The front girls were super helpful in providing information to us in both languages. All our major concerns and questions were answered very diligently - lots of care!"- T.C. / Yelp / Sep 06, 2019
"I can’t say enough about Dr. Canales and his fabulous staff! From my consultation visit (with the amazing Keri!) to my post op appointment, I have been blown away by the care I received. They allowed me to feel safe and confident in having surgery. I had complete trust in Dr.Canales and his team. As an RN I’ve met countless surgeons, but Dr. Canales stands out amongst them. He is personable, kind and a master at his craft. My breast augmentation results have far exceeded my expectations. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! You all are amazing!"- H.E. / Google / Aug 31, 2019
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.
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
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.
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 Santa Rosa.