Q: Dr. Eppley, I have had so much filler, including volume (five vials of Sculptra and Juvederm within the past year) and I still feel that my cheeks are not full enough. I had very high cheek bones when younger and I am now 52 years old. I used to do the IPL laser years ago and this thinned my face very much due to fat loss. I would like to have a consistently full face rather than be dependent on these costly fillers. When I do the filler the swelling makes me look fantastic, but once the swelling is over it is deflation all the way. I thought that cheek implants, even the smallest, would give me a foundation that I could be happy with.
A: injectable fillers play a major role in facial voluminization, particularly in the cheek area. But the reality is that it is not a long-term solution to one’s desire for fuller cheeks. Fillers are great long enough until one’s decides that they either want to ‘graduate’ to more permanent solutions or to stop their cheek augmentation efforts. While fat injections are one of the two more permanent options, cheek implants provide an assured method of permanent cheek augmentation. With the wide variety of cheek implants style and sizes, patients and plastic surgeons have a lot of good options to choose from for permanent cheek augmentation.
Dr. Barry Eppley