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Cheek augmentation is a procedure that increases the contour of the cheek bone to improve appearance.
Cheek augmentation procedures can be performed using implants, fat grafting, or dermal fillers, though implants are the most popular form of the procedure.
Why Choose Cheek Augmentation
Individuals may choose to have a cheek augmentation procedure if they want to
- Improve facial proportions
- Even out hollow cheeks
- Appear more youthful
- Enhance the shape of the cheekbone
Cheek augmentation procedures are often used as a kind of facelift because the procedure will tighten and lift the surrounding skin on the face. It is an increasingly popular procedure; the rates of check augmentation have gone up by 17% in the last 16 years.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 12,199 cheek implant procedures done in 2014 in the United States.
Understanding Cheek Augmentation Procedures
Cheek augmentation procedures have minimal scarring because the incisions are made either below the lower eyelashes or inside the mouth. Patients will be given local anesthesia and sedation before the procedure begins. Custom implants can be made to best suit the patient’s face.
Patients may also choose to have dermal fillers or fat grafts. Dermal fillers may come in the form of Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, or Perlane, and will be injected into the cheek to add fullness to the surrounding skin. Dermal fillers are not permanent so patients will need to return for continued procedures every 6 to 14 months.
Fat grafting is a procedure that removes fat from another part of the body and redistributes it. Doctors usually inject more than is needed because the body reabsorbs the fat at rates of about 30% to 60%. Fat grafting is not always a permanent procedure, but will last longer than dermal fillers.
The average cost of check augmentation procedures ranges from $2,000 to $3,000. Most insurance companies will not cover the costs of this procedures because it is an elective, cosmetic procedure.
Risks of Cheek Augmentation
- Excessive bleeding or hemorrhaging
- Nerve damage or loss of sensation
- Implant slippage
- Adverse reactions to anesthesia
- Dissatisfaction with results
The risks will depend on the type of procedure performed (implant, dermal filler, fat grafting). Doctors should discuss all possible risks with patients before surgery.
Malpractice in Cheek Augmentation
Not all injuries from cosmetic surgeries are the result of malpractice. Sometimes doctors do act negligently but can get away with it because the high time and money costs of a full malpractice case will not be worth the compensation allotted for minor, temporary injuries.
If you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of your doctor’s negligence during a cosmetic surgery, call our offices today for a free consultation. The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian are dedicated to protecting your legal rights.