I’ve decided to get cheek augmentation. How do I decide between implants and fillers?
Your question with regards to cheek augmentation is a good one. Patients who consult with me regarding cheek augmentation are given the following discussion. If the patient is absolutely certain that they want cheek implants, and patients do come to my office and tell me they absolutely want cheek implants, I perform cheek implant surgery. If the patient comes to my office for a consultation with regards to cheek augmentation, I will suggest a trial of facial filler prior to cheek implant surgery. The reasons for this may seem obvious. Although cheek implants can be removed, surgery and recovery with all of the inherent risks of cheek implant surgery are realized when cheek implants are placed. A trial of dermal filler such as Perlane, Radiesse, or autologous fat can really improve the appearance of the cheek, we can sculpt the appearance of the cheek augmentation with the Perlane, Radiesse, or autologus fat and the filler will last about a year and in the case of autologous fat, significantly longer. During that period of time you may be completely pleased with the appearance and ease of placement of the filler and autologous fat or you may want a more permanent solution in the form of cheek implants.
Posted by Dr. Philip Schoenfeld