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Cheek Augmentation

The following information provides answers to many of the questions that patients ask about cheek surgery.

Who can benefit from cheek augmentation surgery?

High, pronounced cheeks are an integral aspect of an attractive face. Both men and women in Southern California can benefit from cheek enhancement surgery, which creates a more dramatic, sophisticated look.

What are the intended results of cheek augmentation surgery?

Cheek implants can have a major impact on the appearance and self-confidence of patients whose cheeks have thinned or sunken due to age or other causes. Implant sizes and shapes are tailored to each patient’s desired appearance.

Does cheek augmentation require a hospital stay?

The cheek enhancement procedure is performed either on an outpatient basis at an ambulatory surgical care facility or in the hospital. Patients can typically go home the day of their surgery, but occasionally an overnight stay is recommended. We can recommend recovery facilities or home care if you would like additional private post-operative care in the days following surgery.

What type of anesthesia is used for cheek augmentation surgery?

Cheek plastic surgery may be performed under general anesthesia, which is given by an expert anesthesiologist. These services will be provided by surgical facility where your surgery is performed, and the fee for this service will be billed separately.

How long does cheek enhancement plastic surgery take?

Cheek enhancement can take one to three hours, depending on the extent of the surgery.

What is involved in the cheek enhancement procedure?

If combined with another facial procedure such as a facelift, cheek implants will be inserted through the incisions made from that procedure. Otherwise, Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Agha may insert cheek implants through the upper lip or the lower eyelid.

Cheek enhancement can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures, such rhinoplasty, facelift or blepharoplasty.

What happens after my cheek augmentation surgery?

The incisions are covered with light dressings, and stitches will be removed in 5 to 10 days. Initial discomfort subsides daily and can be controlled with oral medication. Scars will usually fade within a few months.

When can I return to work and regular activities after cheek surgery? What restrictions will I have?

Some bruising and swelling may be present within the first week or so after cheek surgery. Most cheek surgery patients choose to return to work after the initial healing is complete in 5 to 10 days and sutures are removed. Residual bruising can typically be hidden with cosmetics until bruising completely fades.

Is cheek plastic surgery typically covered by insurance?

The cheek enhancement procedure is unlikely to be covered by insurance.

More about Dr. Siamak Agha
Dr. Siamak Agha is a board certified plastic surgeon serving patients throughout Orange County, CA from his Newport Beach practice. In addition to being a talented facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Agha is a skilled body contouring and breast implants surgeon. He uses the latest surgical treatments and technologies to produce beautiful, natural-looking results for his patients. To learn more or schedule a consultation, contact the practice at 949-644-2442.

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