Cheek Augmentation


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Whether is is natural or caused by age, weak cheekbones without youthful contours can make the face look hollow and tired.

Cheek augmentation can use nonsurgical injectable fillers to temporarily enhance the volume of the cheeks or the cheeks can be strengthened and improved with surgically implanted silicone cheek implants.

Cheek augmentation can also be used to correct deformities and asymmetry from congenital conditions or injuries.

Patient transformations


At Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City, cosmetic surgeons Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin can start by performing volume injections with dermal fillers to help determine the amount and placement of volume before getting longer-lasting cheek implants.

In addition to making the face appear more youthful, cheek augmentation often decreases the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face for a smoother face.

Surgical Technique

Cheek implants are either placed within the malar (directly on the cheek bone) or submalar (below the cheekbone) area. These are inserted through incisions made typically within the upper lip or below the eyes. Implants can vary in type, size and shape depending on the analysis of the cheek structure. Listed below are the common methods used for cheek augmentation techniques.

Dr. Courtney Caplin is the best. My experience with her is one I treasure. I have been getting Botox for years, but her approach was perfect. I feel more confident about my looks after visiting Dr. Caplin. I've never been a fan of fillers, but I am in love with my cheekbones and lips. Plus, I feel like it looks natural. No duck face here. She is about quality, not quantity. I can't recommend her enough.


Silicone Implants

Silicone is a permanent solution to add volume to the cheeks with a variety of shapes and sizes that match the patient’s preference. The surgeon will consider the silicone shape and size, as well as the definition the implant will provide after a digital analysis of the patient’s face structure has been assessed.

Pockets will be made directly against the cheekbone where the implants will be fitted and sutured. This type of silicone is unlike the silicone gel found in breast implants and it is a safer option as it is in solid form and does not run any risks of leakage.

Dr. Chaplin changed my life!!! She did exactly what I wanted. All the staff is super awesome! They listen and took very great care of me!!!


Porous Polythylene

Another popular implant option is porous polyethylene, which is also inserted the same way as a silicone implant. Because the material is porous, it shapes naturally according to the cheek’s internal contours.

This type of implant also attaches better to the bones and tissues and allows tissue grow through it further adjusting it to the cheek’s natural form. A disadvantage with this implant is because of this tissue integration, it is quite difficult to remove the implant should the patient want it taken out.

Hyaluronic Acid

This is a natural occurring substance within the body and often found in the connective tissue. It is processed as an injectable filler for medical purposes, including cosmetic surgery. The least invasive of all procedures, the filler is injected in deep layers within the mid-face area. While most fillers create beautiful, natural results, the outcome is not permanent. Most fillers will last approximately 6-12 months.

Fat Grafting

Another natural substance that can be injected into the mid-face to enhance volume is the patient’s own fat tissues that are harvested from donor sites using liposuction, and then reinjected into the cheeks. Fat can also be absorbed by the body over time, so similar to an injectable filler, this option does not create a permanent result.

During/After Surgery

Cheek augmentation is done as an outpatient procedure with the use of anesthesia. It is performed in an accredited surgical facility and normally takes up to 1 hour to complete.

Bruising, swelling and numbness are a part of the immediate recovery and usually subside within the second week. Although the result is instantly noticeable, over the course of a few months as the implant settles into its new position, the results will become softer and more natural.

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    I loved the staff, Dr. Caplin was amazing. they really do listen to what you want and make you feel so much comfort and they do their best to accommodate your needs. After all a very wonderful experience. Definitely will go back for other procedures in the future. I really do recommend them ❤

    Daisy Vargas

    I had the best experience!!! The whole staff have exceeded my expectations. They are so friendly and professional. They don’t leave you with unanswered questions. I’m extremely happy with the results!! I highly recommend Dr Nuveen. He is the best for sure!! I’m glad we have him in Oklahoma!

    Yasmine Abd El Raouf

    I am almost one year post op and I have been very happy with my results. From the moment walking in the door I was treated so well. Dr. Nuveen and the entire staff made me feel special and important. They are all very patient and answer any and all questions. They took such good care of me. If I decide to have more work done I will definitely be calling CSA again.

    Melissa Pruitt


    Cheek Augmentation FAQs

    Implants or Fillers?

    Generally, both have long-standing records when it comes to safety. The major concern that many patients have is how permanent the results are. Injectable fillers are mostly temporary. As these are manufactured from natural substances, a great volume of the filler is absorbed by the body. Silicone implants are made solid in this type of augmentation and has no risk of leakage, which renders them more permanent than the other materials.

    Natural results?

    Initially, the face will feel stretched and tight as the implants settle into its position. This is normal and the sensation will gradually disappear until a month passes. It is important to find a plastic surgeon that has a good track record in performing facial procedures to ensure that the results will be according to the patient’s aesthetic goals.


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