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Cheek Augmentation in the Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs Area

People generally tend to lose the fullness in their cheeks with the passage of time as part of the normal aging process. Others may inherit the propensity to develop hollow cheeks as part of their genetic constitution. One way to restore fullness to the cheeks is through a cheek augmentation procedure. Even people who never had any noticeable cheekbones can create striking cheekbones through this procedure. Dr. Sofonio offers cheek augmentation procedures to residents of Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, CA.

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The Benefits of Cheek augmentation

Cheek augmentation is a procedure designed to enhance a person’s looks, primarily by improving the contour, size, or shape of the cheeks. Another name that it goes by is “malar augmentation.” Dr. Sofonio offers cheek augmentation procedures to residents of Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, CA.

There are several reasons why a person may want their cheeks augmented. This includes the following:

  • Highlight the cheekbones
  • Subtly improve the facial features
  • Fill in sunken cheeks
  • Enhance poorly defined cheeks
  • Stave off the loss of cheek tissue due to aging.

Determining Your Eligibility for Cheek Augmentation

As with any plastic or reconstructive surgery procedure, patients need screening first to ensure that they are suitable for malar augmentation. The requirements are not as restrictive as some of the more invasive procedures. The baseline is that the patient must be in good overall health and weight before they can be considered. A consultation with Dr. Sofonio will generally include an assessment of the patient.

The patient should be straightforward and honest with any pre-existing conditions such as sinus problems or dental issues. In most cases, these issues will not disqualify a patient from cheek augmentation, but they need to be treated first.

The consultation will also assess whether the enhancements that the person wants for her face is better achieved through other procedures, such as a facelift or a brow lift. You will need to come in for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Sofonio. During your consultation, he will ask you questions related to your medical history and your expectations from the procedure. He also will examine your face to enable him to make the best recommendations for your cheek augmentation procedure. During the cheek augmentation surgery, Dr. Sofonio will restore the volume to your cheeks by making incisions to create a pocket into which he will place cheek implants directly over your cheekbones. The duration of the entire surgery is usually between 30 to 45 minutes.

How Safe is a Cheek Augmentation Procedure?

Fortunately for the more risk-averse patients, cheek augmentations are safer compared to more invasive examples of plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures. While there are risks like any surgical procedure, you are in safe hands with Dr. Sofonio. You can check out his impressive CV by clicking here.

In a worst-case scenario, a patient who changes his mind after the procedure has options. Additional surgery can be done to further correct, enhance, or remove the cheek augmentation procedure, but the patient needs to let the original surgery heal first before undertaking another.

Cheek Augmentation Post-Treatment Care

Cheek augmentation recovery takes around a week or so, where the cheeks can be sore, bruised, or swollen. It is best to take a week away from work and prepare for existing obligations that will be affected. During the recovery phase, it is normal for a patient to have “black eyes.” Following a cheek augmentation surgery, you might experience some mild swelling and temporary loss of sensation in your cheeks. You may also need to restrict your diet to soft food for a few days after your surgery. Dr. Sofonio will give you post-treatment care instructions suited to your condition.

Cheek Augmentation Results

After the initial swelling and soreness subside, you will gradually start to see the improvement in your cheeks. You should allow the implant to fully settle before you see the final results.

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