Cheek implants provide volume to the cheekbone area in order to improve the overall balance of the face. Often, one of the first signs of aging in the face is a loss of volume at the front of the cheek. Those “apple” cheeks are the first to go. Depending on genetics, your volume loss can be noticeable in your late 20s or in your late 40s. The effect is to make you look tired or older. Because people tend to evaluate others by looking into their eyes, the areas of the face just underneath the eyes communicate alot to the observer. Shadows falling into hollows caused by volume loss symbolize fatigue and age. A flat cheek also takes the focal point of the face away from the eyes and down to the mouth. This produces the appearance of a droopy face. Since signs of aging are more prevalent around the mouth, we want the face to be well balanced, with the focal point at the eyes.
Replacing the volume of the cheeks has the effect of “lifting” the face. Traditionally, surgeons insert a silicone solid implant through an incision made inside the mouth, into the cheek. This procedure can work well, but is somewhat invasive and carries several days of downtime and discomfort. Surgical cheek implants are also not very precise, since there is a limit to how much the surgeon can make a silicone block fit to the contours of your face. Solid implants also run the risk of getting infected, in which case they have to be removed and the resulting cosmetic defect is devastating.
Alternatively, fat can be harvested from another part of the body and placed in the cheek as an injected fat graft. This is also a technique that can yield great results if done by the right doctor for the right patient. The problem with fat injections is that they are still an unreliable enhancement method. The duration of effect of the fat graft depends on the patient, on the skill of the doctor and on the area injected. The other issue is that it is, like silicone implants, an invasive and expensive procedure.
Dr. Rivkin’s cheek enhancements are non-surgical, non-invasive, and safe. Rather than using an implant or fat from some other part of your body, Dr. Rivkin uses injectable fillers in his Los Angeles clinic – either Radiesse or, for select patients who request a permanent effect, Artefill.
Radiesse is a calcium based FDA approved, long lasting (9 to 14 months) injectable filler. It is injected in a very precise manner into the deepest tissues of the cheek. This may sound painful, but Dr. Rivkin uses a very small needle and numbs the cheek with a powerful topical cream before he injects, so you do not feel a thing. The Radiesse becomes part of your skin as your own cells grow around the injection “scaffolding” and does not move from the area injected. Radiesse is also known to cause your body to increase production its own collagen in the areas of injection, increasing the duration of effect.
Artefill is injected into the same place and works in a similar fashion, although several more touch up visits are necessary with Artefill. Whereas Radiesse lasts about a year, the effect of Artefill is permanent.
Non-surgical cheek implants are much safer and less costly ($1,000 to $2,000) than traditional cheek implants. There is no significant recovery time with non-surgical cheek enhancement; most patients can return to work immediately. There is a small risk of bruising at the area of injection, there is some mild swelling and you feel sore afterwards. The soreness is gone within a few hours, swelling resolves within a day or so and bruising is gone in a matter of days.
During your free initial consultation, Dr. Rivkin will evaluate your unique needs and desired end results, and explain the procedure in detail. You will have the opportunity to view before and after photos, so that you will know exactly what to expect from the treatment. You will have the opportunity to view before and after photos, so that you will know exactly what to expect from cheek implants.
Dr. Rivkin’s patients know that they can get in touch with him at any time. He’s always in the office at Westside Aesthetics, and is personally involved in every treatment.
To learn more about non-surgical cheek implants in the Los Angeles area, or to schedule a free initial consultation, contact us by phone or email today.