Many people do not realize that as we age, the facial bones that make up our profile recede leaving our cheeks flattened. This can lead to weak cheek bones, deep hollows under the eyes, and a prominent fold between the nose and mouth. Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Todd Hobgood performs cheek augmentation with implants at his Scottsdale-Phoenix practice to restore or add volume to the cheeks in a quick procedure without using external incisions. Dr. Hobgood will help to select the size and shape of implant that is perfect for your desired results.
Dr. Todd Hobgood
Dr. Hobgood combines his down-to-earth, personable demeanor with an artistic eye and technical expertise honed through thousands of surgeries, including more than 1,000 facelifts. He's recognized nationally for his leadership and has been honored by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for his ongoing commitment to quality.Meet Dr. Hobgood
What are cheek implants?
Cheek implants are soft, durable materials naturally shaped to rejuvenate the cheeks or midfacial area. As we age, the bone structure of our face actually shrinks somewhat leading to less prominent cheek bones. Gravity and repetitive facial movements cause the cheek tissues to drop down sometimes causing deep smile lines to develop. In addition, the soft tissues under the eyes can descend creating dark circles. The end result is a loss of the “youthful” heart-shaped face.
There are a number of different shapes and sizes of implants to fit every type of patient. In general they are categorized according to the location that needs volume. Malar (high cheek bones), submalar (low cheek bone) and tear trough (dark circles under eyes) are available.
How much does cheek augmentation cost?
The typical cost for cheek augmentation ranges from $6,000 to $7,000, which includes surgeon fees, fees for anesthesia, and facility fees.
How are cheek implants placed?
Cheek implants are semi-solid materials that are added to the face to create a fuller appearance. They are usually placed through a hidden incision inside the under surface of the upper lip or the inside surface of the lower eyelid. No visible incisions are necessary. They are difficult to feel through the face after the healing process has occurred. Most patients choose to undergo a brief general anesthetic for comfort during placement.
What should I expect during my recovery?
There is some swelling that will occur after cheek implants are placed. This can be minimized following post-operative instructions closely. Swelling will disappear over a few weeks. Pain is rare after this type of surgery and most patients just describe some mild tenderness.
Are there alternatives to improve the cheek without an implant?
Some patients may benefit from the injection of a filler to the cheek area. RADIESSE®, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA®, and Restylane® are options for “no down-time” injections that are commonly used to achieve this goal as well. These results may last as long as 18 months, although this varies. Currently there are no longer-lasting injections that Dr. Hobgood feels are safe.
How should I choose my surgeon?
The more informed you are about all your options, the better the choice you’ll make for yourself. Choose a surgeon that has experience dealing with both the cosmetic as well as functional aspects of the cheek bones, soft tissues, and muscles. Dr. Hobgood and the staff at Hobgood Facial Plastic Surgery are dedicated to providing a truly exceptional experience.