We all know that high cheekbones are a desirable aesthetic quality, but not everyone is lucky enough to be born with the cheek contours that most people, especially women, covet. Changes in the face as we age can also impact the aesthetics of the cheeks in a negative way. Luckily, there are now ways to improve cheek contour in a few ways–both permanent (surgical) and temporary (non-surgical). Let’s take a look at the ways you can sculpt your cheeks and get the sophisticated look you have always wanted.
The Ideal Cheek Contour
While each person’s aesthetic ideals are different, there are some universally accepted beauty traits in US culture, including for cheek contour. Ideally, the cheekbones should be high and prominent, emphasized by enough facial fat to keep the cheeks looking rounded, feminine, and relatively full. If there is not enough fat present, the cheeks can often look sunken or hollow.
Two Kinds of Cheek Sculpting: Structural & Soft Tissue
Because there are two components to overall cheek aesthetics, there are two kinds of cheek sculpting as well: structural and soft tissue. Structural cheek contouring improves the underlying structure and prominence of the cheekbones, while soft tissue sculpting improves the amount of volume and shape in the soft tissues of the face, complementing the structure. Structural work is typically done during a surgical procedure with facial implants, while dermal fillers are a popular option for improving the soft tissue contours and volume of the face.
Facial Implants for Permanent Contour
If you are interested in permanent improvement to the size and prominence of your cheekbones, consider facial augmentation with cheek implants. Cheek implants are small, contoured pieces of silicone or other material, inserted through small, discreet incisions. The surgery is fairly straightforward, and initial recovery takes about 10 days. Implants will remain in place permanently, offering lasting contour to the cheek area.
Dermal Fillers for Non-Invasive Results
If you are happy with your bone structure, then you may want to consider adding fillers to subtly improve volume and contour in your cheeks. Dermal fillers are typically made of hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in the skin. Fillers are non-invasive, requiring only a simple injection process, and the results can last up to a year or so, depending on the type of filler used. This procedure is a great option for people who want more volume in the cheeks, but do not want to undergo surgery. There is no downtime involved with the procedure.
Which Procedure is Right for You?
If you are not sure which procedure will give you the beautiful results you want, then it is time to speak with a board certified facial plastic surgeon to get your facial aesthetics assessed. Only an expert can help you choose the procedure that is right for you, and you should not rush into anything. Take your time, do research, and choose the procedure and provider that work best for your needs.
Talk to an Expert
When it comes to plastic surgery, the most important variable you can control will be the plastic surgeon you trust with your procedures. If you are considering a cheek contouring procedure, you should speak with a qualified, board certified facial plastic surgeon, who will have the skill and experience to help you get the results you want.
Dr. Stuart Bentkover is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience in facial surgery and anti-aging procedures. Come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA if you would like to discuss your goals with an expert plastic surgeon. Call either location today to schedule your consultation.