Cheek Implants

Cheek augmentation can be performed with fat grafting, with cheek implants, or both. Cheek implants may be a good option for patients who wish to add volume to the midface, but have trouble gaining or retaining fat. Cheek implants give an immediate result and the volume that is added is certain to stay for a lifetime.

There are two main materials available, silastic and medpore. Dr. Rodman prefers silastic implants in cosmetic patients, as they are softer and feel more natural. Also, in the rare event that there is a complication, the silastic implant can be easily removed in the office with local anesthetic. For custom made implants, or for patients who are looking to replace a bony defect from trauma or a birth defect a medpore implant is often a better option.

There are also several different types and shapes of implants. One is a malar implant, which goes on the “cheekbone” to add more definition. The second is a submalar implant which adds more volume to the under eye area, sometimes called the “apple of the cheek.” There are also combination implants for patients who would like to add volume to both areas.

All implants come in different sizes, so there are many many options to choose from. There is also an option for custom made implants. Dr. Rodman and her team use the patient’s CT scan to shape an implant made specifically for that patient.

In your consult with Dr. Rodman you will discuss all options and find what is best for you.