Loss of facial volume, especially in the cheek area, is a common result of aging, but there are several methods that can be used to add back volume to the cheeks. Two of the more popular options are injectable fillers and facial implants. But how do you decide between fillers vs implants, and which is best for cheek augmentation.

Injectable Fillers
Hyaluronic acid based fillers are typically used for cheek augmentation. Fillers are a  safe alternative that produce natural looking results.The fillers are injected into the cheeks using a very tiny needle. There is very little downtime, and few side-effects.

Facial Implants
Cheek augmentation with implants is typically done using  silicone implants, which are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. The implants are usually inserted via incisions made in the mouth.

Which is best for cheek augmentation?
The decision to go with fillers vs implants for cheek augmentation is a matter that should be discussed with your plastic surgeon. The surgeon will review the pros and cons of both options, and help you decide which option is best, based on your aesthetic goals.

However, in reviewing the options, be sure to consider the following:

  • The results achieved with implants are permanent, but injectables provide temporary results that typically last 9-12 months.
  • Recovery after implants can take 7-10 days because of the swelling, but recovery with injectable fillers is usually quite short.
  • There are potential complications associated with the use of implants for cheek augmentation.

If you would like to re-volumize your cheeks, but you’re not sure whether to go with fillers or implants, contact, Correa Plastic Surgery, The Woodlands, TX, for more information.

Call us today at 281-419-9119 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bryan Correa. Dr. Correa is an experienced facial plastic surgeon.