Cheek Augmentation



Cheek Augmentation

Cheek augmentation is a surgical procedure that restores lost volume in the cheek to give a more balanced facial appearance. The body’s natural aging process, congenital facial traits, and accident or injury can result in a disproportionate, sunken-in facial profile. As we age, the soft tissues on our cheeks and bones tend to lose volume and sag downwards. This gives a sad look or prematurely aged appearance. Cheek augmentation addresses this issue to improve facial balance and give a desirably proportionate facial look. Most individuals who undergo this treatment are thrilled with a more youthful and healthier-looking face.

LA plastic surgeon Dr. Ruston Sanchez has helped numerous men and women from Baton Rouge and surrounding Louisiana areas of Lafayette, Hammond, and New Orleans achieve aesthetic goals and improve their self-confidence with cheek augmentation surgery. Dr. Ruston works individually with each one of his patients to find a treatment plan that will produce the desired outcome.

Who is an ideal candidate for cheek augmentation?

Cheek augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure that adds volume to sunken cheeks to create more prominent cheekbones and rejuvenated facial appearance. This treatment can be performed on individuals who are looking forward to address the following concerns:

  • Sunken eyes
  • Fold lines from nostril to mouth
  • Circles under the eyes
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Flat or thin cheeks
  • Poorly defined hollow cheeks

During your initial cheek augmentation consultation in Baton Rouge, LA the surgeon will listen to your concerns, ask questions, and let you know whether this treatment is for you. Dr. Ruston Sanchez is a committed professional who works diligently to create an individualized treatment plan to meet the needs and expectations of each patient. Dr. Ruston may ask you to stop smoking, avoid some medications, and arrange for recovery before undergoing this procedure.

Procedure approach

Cheek augmentation is an outpatient procedure that is performed usually under general anesthesia. This treatment entails placing implants along the cheekbone, fat transfer, or use of dermal fillers. Dr. Ruston Sanchez will make intraoral incisions that are barely noticeable within the upper lip or below the eyes. This is to ensure minimal scarring after recovery. He will then place the preferred silicone gel implant along the cheekbone through the incision to create a more prominent look. The implants vary in size and shape depending on the desired outcome of the patient. The incision is then closed using absorbable sutures. This cosmetic treatment provides aesthetic cheek enhancement that gives a more natural outcome with lifetime results.

Types of Cheek Augmentation Procedures in Baton Rouge

Dr. Ruston provides individualized treatment to give the desired aesthetic outcome of the patient. The surgeon may use any of the following techniques to perform this procedure:

Silicone gel implants

Dr. Ruston will make a small incision inside the upper lip or below the eyes. He will then craft a pocket over the cheekbone and insert the preferred size and shape of the silicone implant to the bone or soft tissue along the cheekbone to create a fuller cheek. The surgeon will then carefully close the incision with sutures making sure that there will be no or minimal scarring. Dr. Ruston assures that the results of this procedure are long term and natural-looking. This treatment procedure is recommended for patients with healthy skin who are looking for a permanent solution.

Fat transfer

The surgeon will remove unwanted fat cells from the hip, thigh, or abdominal part of the patient and use it to graft the deficient volume on the cheeks. Dr. Ruston will distribute the fat on the cheeks, sculpting it to a fuller and healthier look according to the patent’s desired aesthetic outcome. This treatment is recommended for patients with a good supply of fat, have no lipid metabolism disorders, or severe chronic disease.

Use of injectable fillers

This is a nonsurgical procedure in which the surgeon administers the preferred dermal filler with a syringe in order to inflate sunken cheeks, as well as plump up wrinkles and deep lines around the mouth. Dr. Ruston reminds the patient that this procedure gives temporary results and the recovery period is shorter. This treatment is not recommended for patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a sinus infection.

Recovery after cheek augmentation

Cheek augmentation surgery takes about 2-3 hours to complete after which Dr. Ruston will closely monitor the patient before releasing them to go home. It is common for cheek augmentation patients to experience swelling, bruising, and redness after the procedure. The surgeon may prescribe pain medication to help alleviate severe discomfort. Avoid face down to prevent inflicting trauma. A post-operative appointment will be scheduled so that Dr. Ruston can assess your recovery progress. The majority of Dr. Ruston’s cheek augmentation patients can get back to their normal daily routines after 3-4 weeks. You will be asked to desist from strenuous exercise and activities until you get a go-ahead from your surgeon. In case of any questions or concerns during the recovery process, feel free to get in touch with Dr. Ruston’s office.


Your Cheek Augmentation Consultation with Dr. Ruston

Dr. Ruston Sanchez will meet with you and discuss the goals of this procedure. The surgeon will ask questions to learn about your concerns and expectations after this procedure, as well as assess your cheek to craft an individualized treatment plan for you. Dr. Ruston provides his patients with the personal attention they need throughout the procedure, as well as takes to clearly explain the treatment modalities and expectations for recovery.

Dr. Ruston Sanchez approaches cheek augmentation with the goal of improving the patient’s aesthetic balance and appearance. Cheek augmentation is a highly individualized procedure whose scope can vary greatly from one patient to the other. The team at Dr. Ruston’s office is passionate about what they do and will go out of their way to ensure an excellent experience for each patient.

Plan your Cheek Augmentation in Baton Rouge

The cost of cheek augmentation in Louisiana can vary greatly from one patient to the other. On average though, most of Dr. Ruston’s patients can expect to pay anywhere between $5,000 and $8,000 for this treatment. Dr. Ruston’s office will provide an initial cost estimate following your first appointment to help you arrange for financing. Keep in mind that cheek augmentation is completed in 2-3 hours and patients can expect a full recovery within 3-4 weeks.

Dr. Ruston Sanchez performs cheek augmentation at accredited medical facilities or his in-office operating room. He works with a team of highly qualified and professional support staff to ensure optimal care for each patient. Because this is an outpatient procedure the surgeon will require that you have someone to drive you home and help with chores for the first few days.

Meet Dr. Ruston Sanchez

Dr. Ruston takes each patient case as unique and works diligently to achieve the best procedure outcome with faster surgery time, smallest scar possible, and minimal risk of complications. Get in touch with Dr. Ruston’s office today to schedule a consultation visit for your cheek augmentation procedure.

Average Cost

$5,000 – $8,000

Average Recovery Time

3 – 4 weeks

Average Procedure Time

2 – 3 hours


Cheek Augmentation FAQs

Which is the best cheek augmentation procedure?
All cheek augmentation procedures have one thing in common: their goal is to create a fuller and healthier cheek. Choosing the best type of procedure requires research and consultation with a well experienced cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Ruston will discuss with the patient during the initial consultation in order to understand his or her concerns and expected outcome. This is important in order to determine the best individualized treatment approach that will give a rejuvenated youthful facial appearance.
Will the scars be visible?
Scarring is an inevitable consequence for all procedures where incisions are made. Dr. Ruston carefully examines the patient and chooses the perfect location and type of incision that will leave the smallest scar possible – or no scar at all after recovery.
What procedures can be combined with cheek augmentation?
Cheek augmentation can be performed along with other facial procedures like facelift and eyelid surgery. This is preferred as the recovery process is combined with minimal downtime compared to having two separate procedures. Make sure to disclose all your aesthetic concerns and expected outcome to Dr. Ruston Sanchez during your consultation visit.

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