What is the cause?
Flattened, underdeveloped cheek bones are usually an inherited characteristic
although traumatic injury can also affect cheek projection. Cheek augmentation
can help create more defined cheek bone areas.
Who is a candidate?
Women and men who desire more prominent cheek bones and fullness in the cheek
Who is not a candidate?
You should check with a patient consultant, but generally people with
uncontrolled heart or lung diseases and those with organ abnormalities such as
diabetes, high blood pressure, angina or asthma should be stabilized.
Recent traumatic stresses such as divorce, death in the family, job losses or
depression may mean having your procedure at a later date.
People with known keloid scars.
How is the procedure done?
Rather than inserting artificial, soft silastic implants over the cheek bones,
Dr. Speron creates more natural cheek augmentations by injecting microfat
transplants into the region. Fat is harvested from an area of the body that is
not wanted and transplanted to the cheeks using tiny, specialized transplant
needles. Dr. Speron's exciting new fat injection
technique results in up to
90% of the fat surviving and produces a very natural, beautiful looking cheek
augmentation. The area of the fat harvest can also be sculpted with ultrasonic
liposuction after the transplantation is completed.
The procedure takes 2-3 hours and you will go home afterwards. Cheek
augmentation is often combined with other procedures such as chin augmentation,
nose reshaping, facelifts, eyelid surgery or ultrasonic liposuction.
What type of anaesthesia is used?
Local freezing with deep sedation that removes awareness and memory.
An anaesthetist is always present for this procedure.
What is the recovery period?
Some swelling, bruising and discomfort will exist around the cheeks and fat
harvest site for 7-10 days.
Most patients can return to work after 1 week.
What are the results?
Nice enlargement in the cheek area can be achieved with a gentle, noticeable
high sweep of the cheek bones. The harvest site can be sculpted with the
Ultrasonic Liposuction probe after the transplant is collected, improving the
contour in that area of your body.
Nice increase in the cheek line.
At time of second consultation, Dr. Speron will review computer images of
the type of improvements cheek augmentation may have on the appearance of your
face, and the contour improvement that may be achieved from the harvest site.
How much does it cost?
Costs vary between patients depending on your goals and donor site. You will
discuss this with our patient consultant at your initial screening consultation.
Range from $2,500 - $4,500 depending on the sites and includes the surgeons
fees, nursing, equipment, medications, facility, taxes and anaesthetic fees.