The effects of aging are often very obvious on the face. Wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin can make looking in the mirror an absolute nightmare. If you don’t recognize the face looking back at you, it may be time to learn more about cheek lifts and cheek augmentation. Like traditional face lifts, cheek lifts and cheek augmentation can make you look younger, but with minimal incisions and recovery time.
What Is A Cheek Lift?
A cheek lift, also known as a mid-face lift is a cosmetic procedure performed to minimize the effects of aging on the face. Typically, when a traditional facelift is performed, the lower neck and jawline are focused upon. A cheek lift addresses the sagging skin of the cheeks and mid face areas. A good candidate for a cheek lift may have cheeks that look hollowed out and less youthful. Over time, skin loses its elasticity, contributing to the sagging and skin problems that people may appear. This can cause people to look prematurely old or angry, just because of the way their skin is sitting. A cheek lift will boost sagging skin, as well as heighten the appearance of cheekbones.
Facial implants like cheek augmentation can be another good option for those looking for facial cosmetic enhancement. Like a cheek lift, cheek augmentation or implants can help you look younger, and improve the appearance of sagging cheeks. Cheek augmentation involves putting an implant into the cheeks through the upper lip or the lower eyelid. The implant is permanent, and achieves the results of higher cheekbones, and a reduction in sagging skin. Cheek augmentation can also be achieved through the use of fillers, though they are not permanent and need to be touched up.
Like a cheek lift, cheek augmentation can give patients non-invasive results. The procedure is outpatient, and only takes about an hour to complete. After cheek augmentation, your eyes and cheeks may become swollen. This usually subsides after a few days. Because a cheek implant requires a foreign object to be embedded into your body, there are risks of complications like your implant shifting. If this occurs, you may need another surgery to fix this. Cheek implants are designed to last forever, making it a smart cosmetic choice to consider with Eye Physicians of Long Beach!
Who Should Get A Cheek Lift?
Good candidates for a cheek lift at Eye Physicians of Long Beach will have visibly sagging skin or cheeks. A cheek lift is not a substitute for a facelift, but another elective cosmetic procedure that can make you look younger. To be considered a good candidate for a cheek lift, it is recommended that patients are at least 30 years old. Patients should also have skin that is visibly sagging, making them look older and more haggard than they are. However, the only way to know for sure if a cheek lift is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Eye Physicians of Long Beach.
What Can I Expect From A Cheek Lift?
After a consultation with Eye Physicians of Long Beach for a cheek lift, you may be wondering what you can expect from the procedure. If you’ve been approved as a candidate for cheek lift surgery, you’ll meet with a surgeon from Eye Physicians of Long Beach to discuss what kind of results you’ll receive. A cheek lift is performed as an outpatient surgery, with general anesthesia. General anesthesia means that you will be put under anesthesia during your procedure, and you will not be awake during it.
Typically, a cheek lift takes about 2 hours to complete, though every patient is different so this can vary. Your surgeon will make small incisions above the hairline and above the gum-line. These incisions are as non-invasive as possible, to make them as minimal as possible. After making the incisions, your surgeon will then lift fat, muscle, and skin from the bone structure that’s above your cheeks and move it up into a more youthful position. After relocating the fat, muscle and skin from your cheeks, your surgeon at Eye Physicians of Long Beach will close the incisions with sutures. When your sutures have been fully closed, an antibiotic ointment will then be brushed on to promote quick healing.
Recovering From A Cheek Lift
Like any surgery or procedure, you’ll need to leave ample time for recovery after a cheek lift performed by Eye Physicians of Long Beach. After the surgery, you should go home and rest. It is not uncommon for the cheeks to appear puffy or swollen after cheek lift surgery. Patients can help reduce swelling by using cold compresses during the first few days of recovery. For best results, make sure to keep your head elevated after a cheek lift. This should be followed for 7-10 days after surgery during recovery. Your surgeon will provide you with antibiotics, which should be taken on a regular basis to avoid infection. Since there will be sutures in your mouth, you’ll want to be extra careful to practice good oral hygiene during recovery. You’ll also be told to keep any other suture sites clean and dry as they are healing. Avoid ibuprofen or other methods that may thin your blood two weeks before and two weeks after your cheek lift surgery. You should also practice safe sun habits and wear sunscreen to make sure you maintain the results of your cheek lift. Many patients see aesthetic results about 2 weeks after a cheek lift, but it can be a few months before full results are visible.
Cheek lifts and cheek augmentation may not be right for everyone. Make sure to schedule your cosmetic surgery consultation with Eye Physicians of Long Beach today!