Rediscovering Youthful Contours

A cheek lift is a permanent option to restore facial volume and definition while producing a more youthful heart-shaped facial shape. Cheek lifts may also be requested by younger patients looking to add volume to a midface that is considered insufficient in terms of definition and fullness. Dr. Maas offers several options for rejuvenating the cheek area. A midface lift is a minimally invasive procedure that lifts tissue in the midface to a higher position while eliminating excess skin to create a firmer facial profile. When skin laxity is relatively mild, patients can often achieve the results they seek with a cheek lift that uses synthetic implants to produce the volume and lift they seek in the midface. This approach offers more permanent and dramatic augmentation to the cheek overall.

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What is a Cheek Lift?

Dr. Maas performs cheek lifts at the Maas Clinic™ in San Francisco on an outpatient basis. Improvements are made to the midface by placing soft cheek implants over the cheekbone through small incisions inside the mouth. Modern cheek implants are crafted of a biocompatible material that feels soft and pliable, much more like natural cheek tissue. The implants are also designed with a more natural contour that lies flat on the bone and creates beautiful, full curves to the midface.

They include a small notch to accommodate a nerve in that area to maintain feeling and function. Implants come in different shapes and sizes, allowing Dr. Maas to customize each procedure to his patients' specific facial shape and desired results. He will discuss the options with his patients, listening carefully to their aesthetic goals so that he can meet them as closely as possible. At the same time, Dr. Maas will use his experience and artistic eye to help patients understand how to best achieve their goals with the right implant choice.

Cheek lift surgery may be performed by Dr. Maas using general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Incisions are made inside the mouth just above the gums, eliminating visible scarring after surgery. The implants are placed into the tissue and secured with sutures so the patient will not have to worry about implants migrating after the surgery. As the body heals, a scar lining will develop around the implant to secure it in place further.

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Cheek Surgery Post-Operative Care

Generally, healing from cheek surgery is relatively rapid. Patients typically experience bruising and swelling immediately following cheek lift surgery, which should subside within a few weeks. Ice packs and elevating the head will reduce these side effects. Oral pain medication can also manage discomfort in the first few days following surgery. Patients are advised to stick to soft foods for the first few days to avoid putting excessive pressure on the surgical area and allow the gums to heal correctly. Most patients can return to work and other activities within a few days. However, strenuous exercise will be restricted for several weeks to ensure complete healing of the area. Cheek implants generally offer permanent augmentation to the midface, as synthetic implants do not tend to change over time.

Enhance Your Cheeks at The Maas Clinic™ in San Francisco

Some patients can get great cheek augmentation results without surgery using injectable fillers. While these treatments can be effective, their results are only temporary. Over time, the cost of injectable procedures can add up significantly, making cheek implants a more convenient and cost-effective solution to the midface's loss of volume and definition.

Corey S. Maas, MD, and the staff at The Maas Clinic™ in San Francisco look forward to answering any questions you may have about your cheek lift surgery. To schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

Corey S. Maas, MD, reviewed the information about cheek lift surgery. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.

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