Cheek Implants for Young Patients

I'm 18 years old and considering about to get cheeck implants when i'm 20 , is it worth it for someone young, with long thin face ? I can't gain fat on my face when i gain weight, it's frustrating.

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Cheek Implants can achieve long term improvements in facial contour

Cheek implants can offer long term improvements in your facial contour.  Fat injections are also an option for a truly long and narrow face, but will likely need to be repeated in the future.

Naples Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Age Has Little Influence On The Need For Cheek Implants

As long as one is skeletally mature, age has no consideration as to whether one should get or needs cheek implants. What is important is the shape of the existing cheeks/midface and whether cheek implants can achieve the look you desire. If one truly does have flatter cheek bones, then an implant will do well. If the concern is actually below the cheeks and not on the bone itself, then one will need to consider fat injections as this is a non-bone supported area that an implant may not be able augment very well. The anatomy of your cheek area is the issue, not your age.

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 72 reviews

Cheek Implants in Young Patient

By age 20 you will be physically mature. Chek implants are an excellent peermanent way to improve cheek contour. Other alternatives are the use of fillers which usually are a temporary solution and therefore ultimately more expensive, or fat sculpting which provides a longer lasting result.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Cheek Implants for a 20 Year Old

If you have flat cheeks at age 18, it is unlikely that they will get fuller with age UNLESS you gain significant weight. Most of the time, we loose facial fat volume over the decades further accentuating flat cheeks. Cheek implants are a good option but I do think it is smart to wait and consider this for a while as you plan. These implants come in different shapes and sizes and you want to plan for implants that will continue to benefit you for decades after surgery.

Frank P. Fechner, MD
Worcester Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Try fillers before a cheek implant

20 is young for cheek implants, but it is possible. A good starting point to know when you are ready for such a permanent option like cheek implants would be to try an injectable filler to give you volume in your cheek area to see if you like the results. There are many excellent products available, and some last longer than others. Take your time to research before making any decisions. The most important factor is to choose an experienced, reputable facial plastic surgeon. Ask to see before and after pictures of patients who had similar desires.

Cory Torgerson, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 148 reviews

Cheek implant for young patients

Cheek implants can be performed on patients in their 20s.  It is important to make sure that there are realistic goals and expectations upon why the cheek implants are being performed to augment a flat cheek area.  The cheek implants are placed through an intraoral incision above the upper tooth roots and placed over the maxilla on the cheek area.  

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William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 143 reviews

Sculptra might enhance your cheeks

At your age I would prefer that you not do anything permanent as your wishes might change over time as will your face. Sculptra fills in a reasonable amount of volume, lasts longet than many of the other filler and is not forever. 

Jo Herzog, MD
Birmingham Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Fat augmentation of cheeks is superior to permanent implants in a young person

Fat augmentation of cheeks is superior to permanent implants in a young person. Not only is fat augmentation natural, it is free of most complications as one ages.

Edward Lack, MD
Chicago Dermatologist
2.8 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Beverly Hills Perlane, Beverly Hills Radiesse, Cheek Augmentation, Cheek Enhancement

I have used Cheek Implants for over 20 years and they work amazingly well when placed in the proper aesthetic situation.  You may want to learn more about the aesthetics of beauty which is the topic of my new book "What's Your Number...the palmer code", before you decide to alter your appearance.

I rarely use Cheek Implants on teens or patients in their early 20's as their faces frequently still have an ample supply of facial fat...which tends to taper off in the mid to late 20's.  However, you could have a consultation with an experienced Facial Plastic or plastic and cosmetic surgeon who's experienced in Cheek Augmentation with Cheek Implants when the time is right for you.  You could also consider a temporary filler like Perlane or Radiesse to fill and augment the cheeks.  This way you'll be able to see if you like the look before getting Cheek Implants.  At least 50%, of my Cheek Implant patients, start out augmenting their cheeks with Perlane or Radiesse.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Cheek implants in the young patient.

Cheek implants in the young patient are need if the cheeks are not fully developed and therefore you need implants to correct the problem. Though there are surgeons who use fillers, this will not give you the result you want and will cost a great deal more.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

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