What Are My Options for Creating Fuller Cheeks?

K. Mathews on 30 Jul 2012 at 9:00am

With celebrities like Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and Nicole Kidman rumored to have work done on their cheeks, having pillowy cheeks is a growing trend. For that reason, a lot of people are turning to plastic surgeons to attain fuller or more defined cheeks.

Unhappy with his “flat” face, James15 asked what could be done to make his cheeks appear more angular, and the doctors responded with a few options.

Cheek Implants

Cheek implants are surgically implanted just beneath the surface of the skin to add shape. Due to a variety of implant sizes and styles, Dr. Barry Eppley points out that implants allow patients a lot of control in that they can select precisely how they want their cheek to look on a permanent basis.

Dr. Michael Law does warn that implants are accompanied with a miniscule risk of infection, implant migration (meaning the implant shifts from its desire position), and/or bone shrinkage under the pressure of the implant.



Fillers are a great way to - non-surgically - alter the appearance of cheeks.  Since patients are awake during the injections and the results are immediate, they can participate in the outcome. “I often give the patient a mirror part way through so that they can tell me where they feel they need more volume in order to get the results they desire,” says Dr. Michael Menachof.

Years ago, fillers were not a practical way of treating cheeks, as it required several syringes worth for a result that lasted only a matter of months. With the introduction of thicker fillers, however, cheeks can maintain their fullness for over a year at a less expensive cost… though over several years of maintenance, that cost will exceed surgical options. While Radiesse is the most popular option filler for the cheeks, Dr. Donna Martin also recommends Sculptra because it “stimulates collagen and also helps to replace volume in cheeks.” Although fillers are now more affordable,


Fat Grafting

When dealing with facial features, Dr. Law prefers to utilize structural fat grafting because it is a permanent solution without the potential long-term complications of an implant.  Fat grafting involves taking fat from one area of the body and moving it to augment another. Though some patients like the more “natural” approach of using their own fat to enhance their appearance, it is harder to get a precise shape that doctors using implants or fillers can achieve.


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