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Cheek Augmentation in Tulsa, OK

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About Cheek Augmentation

Prominent cheekbones are associated with a youthful and attractive appearance. If you experience sunken or hollow cheeks, it can make you look much older. At Tulsa Surgical Arts, Dr. Angelo Cuzalina performs surgical and nonsurgical cheek augmentation to restore volume in the skin. Mid-face augmentation is accomplished using either temporary injectable fillers or longer-lasting cheek implants. At your initial consultation, Dr. Cuzalina can discuss the pros and cons of both options and determine which treatments work best for you. Please call our Tulsa, OK office to schedule a consultation, and find out how surgical or nonsurgical cheek augmentation can help you attain a younger, fuller-looking appearance.

Is Cheek Augmentation For You?

Our cosmetic surgeon can add facial implants or use dermal fillers, which accentuates the cheekbones, chin, nose, and the lower jaw. Ideal candidates for cheek augmentation are men and women who:

  • Want more contour in their mid-face
  • Experience lost volume in their cheeks with age
  • Have naturally flat or hollow cheeks
  • Lost a large amount of weight, leading to deflated cheeks
  • Notice asymmetry in their mid-face caused by genetics, a health condition, or an injury
  • Maintain good health

Injectable fillers work well for patients who don't want to undergo surgery. Since dermal fillers only provide temporary results, it can also help determine how much volume and lift patients need before undergoing surgical cheek augmentation. Surgical cheek augmentation with implants is a good option for patients who prefer longer-lasting results and can take time for recovery.

Surgical Technique

Before your cheek augmentation, Dr. Cuzalina will complete a comprehensive consultation and create a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your unique cosmetic goals. During your consultation, Dr. Cuzalina can help you determine which treatment type works best for you.

Dermal Filler Injections

We can complete injectable dermal filler sessions in about 20 – 30 minutes. Before the treatment, we will mark the injection sites and clean the skin to remove any oils or lotions. Next, the dermal filler is injected into the cheeks and gently massaged to help your results look even. Following the treatment, you can leave and get back to your daily routine.

Cheek Implants

Cheek augmentation is performed as an outpatient procedure in one of our on-site operating rooms. After administering anesthesia, Dr. Cuzalina makes thin incisions in your upper gums, and he creates a pocket over the cheekbones. Next, we insert and securely place the implants with one or two small titanium screws. This will ensure they do not migrate. After inserting the implants, we close the incisions with sutures. Taking around an hour, patients can return home after the procedure, but they should have a responsible adult drive them home.

What to Expect

For 1 – 2 weeks after your cheek augmentation, you will experience some swelling, bruising, and tightness. You should see immediate results right after your procedure, and close to 80% of your final results will become visible after just one month. To ensure proper healing, you should avoid strenuous activity for 7 – 10 days; otherwise, you may strain your facial muscles. After your face has completely healed, the implants feel as if they are part of your cheekbone structure.

If you receive dermal filler injections in the cheeks, the treatment area may feel tender or sore, and you could experience mild swelling for around 3 – 5 days. To minimize any discomfort, we recommend using cold packs and nonprescription pain medication. You can usually see your optimal results in about 1 – 2 weeks. Because dermal fillers are only a temporary treatment, you will need to schedule follow-up appointments to maintain your results.

Cheek Augmentation FAQ

How much does cheek augmentation cost?

The cost of your cheek augmentation will depend on the type of procedure you choose to have. During your consultation with Dr. Cuzalina, he will talk to you about your aesthetic goals and help you decide which type of cheek augmentation is right for you. After you've planned your treatment, one of our patient coordinators will review the fee schedule with you. At Tulsa Surgical Arts, we offer payment options to make financing your procedure easier.

What type of dermal fillers are used for injections?

Dr. Cuzalina selects dermal fillers that provide reliable, consistent, and aesthetically appealing results. JUVÉDERM® products, and particularly VOLUMA™ XC, have proven effective in the cheeks. Voluma is a formulation of hyaluronic acid and is able to provide volume to the cheeks to address sunken or hollow areas in the cheek area.

What if my face is asymmetrical?

Having an asymmetrical face is quite common. If your goal is a more symmetrical look, you can talk to Dr. Cuzalina about your concerns during your consultation. At Tulsa Surgical Arts, we offer options to raise your cheekbones or improve the volume in your cheeks, including dermal fillers and cheek implants. Both can be used to achieve a more symmetrical look on your face.

Can I get fat grafting performed to fill in my cheeks?

Yes, you can. Dr. Cuzalina offers the latest fat grafting procedures to help restore the volume of soft tissues in the face and around the eyes. A fat graft is an effective way to create a rejuvenated, younger look that, for many patients, feels more natural than implants or dermal fillers. Dr. Cuzalina can go over the benefits of a fat grafting procedure during your consultation and determine if you are a candidate.

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Get Full, Beautiful Cheeks

Do you have naturally thin or hollow cheeks? Or maybe your cheeks have lost their fullness because of age or significant weight loss? If so, please contact our Tulsa, OK office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cuzalina and learn more about our cheek augmentation treatment options. Through surgical and noninvasive treatments, we can help rejuvenate the contours of your face. At Tulsa Surgical Arts, Dr. Cuzalina will create a unique treatment plan for each patient, and his front office staff can provide information about the cost or financing plans.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.