Enhance Your Facial Contours with Cheek Augmentation
If you are seeking to achieve plump, lifted cheeks, cheek augmentation at Dr. Patricia Berbari's Gatineau practice may be right for you. During the procedure, she will use dermal fillers or your own fat to enhance your facial proportions and create a more attractive overall appearance. Among the reasons to seek cheek augmentation are changes related to loss of volume with aging, congenital asymmetry, loss of weight, and flat face contour. To learn more about cheek augmentation and discover if you may be a good candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Berbari today.
"Patients who are seeking to enhance their facial contours can turn to Dr. Berbari in Gatineau for cheek augmentation with fat or dermal fillers. [...] Dr. Berbari will review the advantages of each type of cheek augmentation during a personal consultation."
The Cheek Augmentation Procedure
We offer two different types of cheek augmentation:
Augmentation with Fat
If you are seeking the most dramatic, long-lasting results possible, Dr. Berbari may recommend cheek augmentation with your own fat. During this procedure, she will make tiny incisions at the edges of your lips and inject the fat she has suctioned previously and treated by washing and centrifugation from your own abdomen. Fat harvest is also done under local anesthesia in a sterile environment through a tiny incision in the belly button. Everything is done under local anesthetic with minimal discomfort.
The advantage of choosing fat transfer is that you can have a larger volume injected in one session, the result is more uniform in that there is less risk of getting lumps or foreign body reactions, the feel is more natural and it lasts longer.
Augmentation Dermal Fillers
As a non-surgical form of cheek augmentation, we can add volume to your face using dermal fillers. We will inject your cheeks with a specially formulated gel that contains hyaluronic acid (a compound found naturally in connective tissue) or another filler material. This minimally invasive procedure can typically be completed in less than 30 minutes. However, the results of cheek augmentation with dermal fillers will only last for approximately nine to 12 months. Many patients choose to undergo multiple treatment sessions to maintain their results.
Dr. Berbari will review the advantages of each type of cheek augmentation during a personal consultation. For even more dramatic results, we can also combine cheek augmentation with another procedure, such as a lip augmentation or a face lift.
Your healing period will depend largely on the type of cheek augmentation you choose to undergo. After the surgical procedure with fat, most patients take about three days off of work, school, and other activities to rest, with a full recovery taking about two weeks. If you augment your cheeks with dermal fillers, you should be able to return to regular activities immediately.
Cheek augmentation is generally a very safe procedure, no matter which technique Dr. Berbari uses. However, both approaches can (but rarely do) cause infection, bleeding, swelling, bruising, and tissue damage. Dr. Berbari can further detail the complications associated with cheek augmentation, and explain the steps she takes to limit these these risks, during your initial consultation.
Discover if Cheek Augmentation Is Right for You
This relatively minor procedure can help redefine your facial features for a revitalized look. Contact our practice today to learn more about cheek augmentation.