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Prominent, well-defined cheekbones are one of the most striking signs of youthfulness and beauty. Because of heredity, some people simply don't have well-developed cheekbones, or their cheekbones may not be in balance with their other facial features. Others, who had well-defined cheekbones when younger, have lost this definition as the cheek soft tissues have started to droop with the aging process. Today we have several options to create or recreate this cheek definition–cheek implants or repositioning of the fallen cheek tissues with a midface lift.

Cheek implants are made in a variety of shapes and sizes, allowing plastic surgeons to customize implant to the individual.
Despite a skillful use of cosmetics, it is difficult to create contours where there are none. A permanent way to achieve high and pronounced cheekbones it through the use of cheek implants.

Cheek augmentation can have dramatic results by adding contrasts to a long, narrow or to an overly round face. This can create the soft angles and contrasts that are so sought-after.

Cheek implants are placed on top of the cheekbone through an incision made usually inside the mouth, thus keeping the incision scar hidden. During the procedure, a "pocket" is created into which the implant is inserted. This helps anchor the implant in place. During the recovery process, there may be some discomfort during talking and eating, but this dissipates with time.

Reasons for Surgery

Reasons include changing the size and shape of the cheeks. Conditions may be natural or due to external trauma to the face. The operation can be performed on all age groups, including teens and the elderly.

Before Surgery


A medical history along with a careful examination is conducted in order to evaluate your general health. We will discuss with you the way your cheeks can look in relation to your other facial features. Digital Photographs and computer imaging allow Dr Matouk to evaluate the appropriate procedure to achieve the desired results.


Method Of Surgery


Surgery is usually performed under IV Sedation or general anesthesia. The surgery is done through the mouth to avoid any noticeable scars. As a maxillofacial surgeon, Dr  Matouk can reshape your cheekbones by a number of methods. Prosthetic implants are commonly used, but in select cases, it may be best to reposition the whole midface or just the cheekbones. It is not unusual to combine malar augmentation with rhinoplasty or orthognathic surgery to improve the overall facial appearance.

In cases where a rejuvenating effect is the objective, Dr. Matouk may also combine your surgery with a midface lift to tighten the skin between the eyes and nose.  This is often done through slit incisions with the use of an endoscope to help accelerate healing.


Post-Operative Information


Sutures are usually removed within a week. Discomfort associated with the surgery can usually be alleviated with medication prescribed by your surgeon. Antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent infection. Some temporary swelling and bruising of the face are to be expected; however, keeping the head slightly elevated when reclining and applying cold compresses may help reduce swelling. Chewing may be difficult for about two weeks, and tightness or numbness around the treated area may occur for a short while. Brushing the teeth is often difficult for several days.

The recovery takes one to two weeks. Most people resume their normal activities within a week. Pain is minimal and is controlled with medications. Bruising occurs around the eyes, but begins to fade within a few days. Discoloration usually disappears in two weeks.

Complications or infection are rare but following your surgeon’s instructions will make a significant difference in your recovery.