The cheek is a very important facial feature and makes up the midface region. With aging, the face loses bone density and along with deflation and sagging of the cheek fatty tissue helps contribute to the deepening of the nasolabial folds and hollowing under the eyes.
Non-invasively, fillers may be used to help restore some of the lost volume but may need to be done repeatedly to maintain the effect. Moreover, if not done properly, they can lead to a puffy, over-inflated appearance.
Fat transfer is another technique which can help restore volume to the cheek and midface and correct a “deflated” look. By using your own body’s fat and stem cells, volume can be restored to hollow and give your face a youthful fullness.
With Dr. Vipond’s Deep Plane technique, it is possible to surgically elevate these fallen tissues and restore them to a more youthful position. This procedure is frequently performed along with a rejuvenation of the face and neck to maintain balance in the face.
In some patients undergoing lower eyelid rejuvenation who also have sunken cheeks, Dr. Vipond may perform an extended lower lid midface lift to help lift up the cheek fat pads.
While both previous two procedures help to reposition fallen tissue, they do not change the bony skeleton and do not add volume to the face. In patients with significant cheekbone weakness, cheek and midface implants can project sagging folds. The implants are placed through a small incision inside the mouth and offer a permanent improvement, although they can be removed, if necessary. There are a variety of midface and cheek implants and the most appropriate type depends on your facial appearance and proper evaluation and discussion of your goals with an experienced Facial Plastic Surgeon.