Do I Need Cheek Implants Or A Cheek Lift?
Q: Dr. Eppley, my cheeks are very low and I would like them to be higher. When I pull upwards on them, my face looks better. That also helps soften the lines around my mouth. Will cheek implants create this effect or so I need some form of a facelift to get that look?
A:The question you are asking is an important one because there are clear differences between what cheek implants and a cheek lift achieve. Cheek implants are about creating a bony highlight for improved facial contours purposes. While there may be some cheek lifting effect, it will be relatively minor and one should not think of cheek implants as a soft tissue lifting method. (even though it can complement cheek or midface lifting surgery) A cheek lift is about lifting and resuspending sagging soft tissues that have fallen off of the cheek bone. This does create an effect sometimes similar to a cheek implant but it is more similar to what most patients thinik that a ‘facelift’ does in that area. This will help soften the nasolabial folds because it is pulling upward the soft tissues that lie above it. Based on your description, I suspect you would benefit more by a cheek lift than cheek implants. Whether that is a worthwhile surgery for you depends on numerous factors including your age, your cheek bone and lower eyelid anatomy and how much malar soft tissue ptosis you have.
Dr. Barry Eppley
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