About Cheek Augmentation
Sunken or hollow cheeks can make you appear older than you really are, which is a look nobody wants. At the San Diego Cosmetic Clinic, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson performs surgical and nonsurgical cheek augmentation to create full facial contours and lift. Mid-face augmentation can be accomplished with the help of dermal fillers or surgically placed cheek implants. During your initial consultation, Dr. Laverson will discuss the pros and cons of both options in detail and recommend the technique that will best match your needs, concerns, and goals. Call our San Diego, CA office to schedule an appointment and find out how surgical or nonsurgical cheek augmentation can help you attain a more youthful appearance.
"Best people, best surgeon! And he’s a REAL, board certified, residency-trained plastic surgeon. Go to someone you can trust, like Dr Laverson! Sensitive to patient needs, kind, extremely knowledgeable & professional who wants the best, most natural results for all his patients."- S.B. / Google / Sep 14, 2019
"I must start by saying that I very rarely write reviews. But I recently recalled my experience with Dr. Laverson, and felt compelled to leave a long-overdue review that he truly earned. My situation was also quite different from most of his typical work, so I hope this also attests to his wide-ranging surgical skill. A couple of years ago I was involved in a bad motorcycle accident and wound up at Palomar Hospital. According to my family, doctors, and nurses, my face was pretty much smashed to bits and looked extremely gruesome. Some parts of my face were even missing. Anyway, Dr. Laverson was the on-call plastic surgeon that night. Once the E.R. doctors had gotten me stable, he had the impossible task of trying to fix my Freddy Krueger face by looking at an old picture of me on my fiance’s cell phone. Or at least it should’ve been impossible based on how bad my condition was...Fast forward a day or two, after my swelling from the surgery had gone down in order to see the results, my family and some coworkers came in to see. NONE of them could tell a difference from before the accident, including the coworkers who hadn’t seen my smashed face. Somehow, some way, Dr. Laverson was able to use plates, grafts, and whatever other tools and tricks in his brilliant surgical mind to make me look IDENTICAL to how I looked before splattering multiple pieces of my face on the side of a road. Shortly after my family, friends, and coworkers visited, Dr. Laverson himself visited as well to observe the post-swelling results, see how I was feeling, and to follow up on all the medical stuff he knew to look out for. He even asked my family and I if there was anything out of place, or changes we’d like to make, since he was happy to do another surgery to get everything exactly right. Because everything was already perfect I didn’t do another surgery, but his offer, his following up with me, and his sincere concern for my well being was absolutely amazing.There is only one last detail I want to mention, but it speaks volumes for Dr. Laverson’s outstanding character and genuine desire to help people feel beautiful and be happy with their looks. Since this was in the emergency room at the hospital, not only was it different than his usual surgeries by its type and difficulty, but the emergency was also paid for by my medical insurance. In the medical profession, this often means a significant pay-cut for the doctor from what they would normally charge. I don’t know if my surgery wound up being one of those times for Dr. Laverson, but I do know that he did a spectacular job given my horrendous condition, all while cancelling his Friday evening plans, and likely earning less than usual as well. I hope this review helps prove to potential customers that Dr. Laverson is a caring and outstandingly skilled surgeon, and to put anyone’s mind at ease that may be nervous or unsure about plastic surgery. And lastly, Dr. Laverson, I want to personally thank you for everything outlined above. I know there is no way I can ever really reciprocate what you did for me, but I hope this review can at least help show people and spread the word that you are an absolutely amazing person and professional."- D.S. / Google / Jun 11, 2019
"Dr. Laverson is incredibly thorough and passionate about his work. He answered all of my questions prior to my breast augmentation and tummy tuck. Following my procedure, Dr. Laverson went above and beyond during my follow up appointment to ensure I get the best results. Office staff is very welcoming, and they even called to check up on me after my procedure. I feel like a new woman, and I’m more confident than I have ever been. I recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone considering having an aesthetic procedure."- J.C. / Google / Mar 17, 2019
"I recently visited Dr Laverson for my Botox injections. His office is absolutely stunning! He was very thorough in explaining his methods and the procedure. We discussed what look I wanted and decided what areas to focus on. He did a perfect job! I definitely “feel beautiful” ! I can’t wait to see future results and try other procedures. Thank you!!"- T.N. / Facebook / Feb 25, 2019
"From the first time I walked through the doors and all through my recovery I was treated so nicely. Dr. Laverson spent a lot of time talking with me to really understand what it is that I want and what will be best for my body. Cherise was so friendly and made me feel so comfortable. She was easy to get ahold of and super quick to respond to texts and always answered the phone. The nurses couldn’t have been more friendly or welcoming, they were relatable and down to earth. The anasthesiologist, Dr. Landon was very informative and kind and put me at ease. On the day of my surgery I knew I was in good hands and was not nervous at all. Throughout the process I felt as if I was their most important patient and am so glad I decided to get my breast augmentation surgery at Feel Beautiful."- C.C. / Google / Feb 17, 2019
The best patients for surgical and nonsurgical cheek enhancement are men and women who:
- Desire a fuller mid-face appearance
- Have lost volume in their cheeks with age
- Have genetically hollow or flat cheeks
- Have lost a significant amount of weight, resulting in sunken cheeks
- Have an imbalance in their mid-face from a congenital defect, a physical condition, or an injury
- Have overall good health
Dermal fillers are a good choice for men and women who don't want to commit to the expense and time of surgery. Since dermal fillers create temporary results, these may also be used to help you get a clearer idea of the degree of lift and volume you'd like before committing to cheek implants. Surgical cheek augmentation with implants is a good choice for those who prefer longer-lasting results and are able to commit time to recovery after their surgery while dermal fillers are better for patients who would prefer a nonsurgical enhancement to be maintained or adjusted over time.
Before your procedure, Dr. Laverson will complete a thorough examination to create a treatment plan that best fits your unique facial structure and goals. In your consultation, you can decide on your preferred method: nonsurgical dermal fillers or surgical cheek implants.
- Nonsurgical: Injectable dermal fillers will be performed at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic as an outpatient treatment. This session should only last about an hour or less. With fillers, the injection sites will be cleaned and marked along the mid-face. Next, the dermal filler will be gently injected into the cheeks and massaged to fill the needed areas. You can leave immediately after your treatment and return to your normal activities.
- Surgical: Cheek augmentation surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure at our AAAASF-accredited facility because patients are typically sedated using general anesthesia. When you are ready, thin incisions are created in your mouth through the upper gums and a pocket will be made above the cheekbones. Next, the selected implants will be placed and the incisions in the mouth will be sutured. The surgery typically lasts 1 – 2 hours.
What to Expect
Your post-op expectations will depend on the type of cheek augmentation you receive:
- Nonsurgical: With dermal fillers, your face can be tender and sore with mild inflammation for around 3 – 5 days. Ice packs and nonprescription pain medication may be used to ease any discomfort. Final results are usually visible in 1 – 2 weeks. Your outcomes will need to be maintained with touch-up sessions because the results you yield from a dermal filler will last up to two years.
- Surgical: After surgery, you should expect to have tightness, swelling, and bruising that lasts for 1 – 2 weeks. Strenuous activity that may cause your facial muscles to strain (such as weight lifting) needs to be skipped for 7 – 10 days. Your total time spent in recovery will usually take around two months; however, your results will last for years to come with no need for annual touch-ups.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does cheek augmentation cost?
Getting connected with the right plastic surgeon is invaluable. Depending on the method of augmentation you choose, the costs of your procedure will vary. Once your personalized treatment plan has been created, a member of our team will go over your estimated costs. We will also discuss payment options we accept, including medical financing.
What type of dermal fillers do you use for injections?
The brand of dermal filler you receive for your nonsurgical cheek augmentation will depend on your goals and budget. Typically, Dr. Laverson uses Voluma from the Juvéderm family of injectables or Sculptra. Both of these are potent, gel-like substances with a hyaluronic acid-based formula that will add definition to your cheeks and provide the youthful contour you desire.
What if I have an asymmetrical face?
The truth is that most people, even models and celebrities, have some degree of asymmetry to their face. Because a symmetrical face is more universally aesthetically pleasing, patients often seek out ways to balance their features. Cheek augmentation, both surgical and nonsurgical, can create a more harmonious appearance to your overall countenance.
Can I have a fat grafting performed to fill in my cheeks?
Yes. Dr. Laverson uses advanced fat grafting techniques for the restoration of volume in the soft tissues of the face and around the orbits. In fact, this can often be a preferred method. Using your own fat can create a more youthful shape to your face and may even feel more natural to the touch than a synthetic implant or a dermal filler.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 7 days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Get Full, Beautiful Cheeks
Were you born with flat or hollow cheeks? Has your mid-face lost its youthful contours with age or after significant weight loss? If either of these situations describes you, contact the San Diego Cosmetic Clinic to schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson. You'll be able to learn about the many options you have to build natural-looking volume in your cheeks. Whether you choose nonsurgical or surgical techniques, you can positively transform your overall appearance with cheek augmentation at the San Diego Cosmetic Clinic.