Is it Worth it to Have a Cheek Augmentation?
When you’re considering any elective medical procedure, you need to know the risks, and weigh them against the benefits. The choice of whether or not to have elective surgery is very personal, and every person will make their choice differently. Here, we’ll discuss the major risks and benefits of having cheek augmentation surgery. If you want to learn more about what the procedure and the recovery are like, please visit Cheek Augmentation: the Procedure and Recovery. For more about the many resources Doctor Review has to offer, you can check out our Facial Plastic Surgery Overview page.
Please note that this page is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified, individualized medical advice. You should discuss your potential elective surgery with your own doctor(s), including your primary care physician and the surgeon who will perform your surgery if you decide to proceed.
Any surgery has risks, and they should be carefully weighed before you decide to proceed. There is a chance of infection, which may require antibiotics and may also lead to a less aesthetically-pleasing result. There is also a chance of excessive bleeding during the surgery, which occasionally requires a blood transfusion. Some people react badly to anesthesia. There is a small risk of death due to any surgery. Although it’s important to be informed, these risks are small in most healthy people; talk with your surgeon to determine your personal risk.
There is also the risk that you won’t be happy with the outcome of your cheek augmentation. You might feel that your implants are too large or too small, or aren’t placed correctly. This risk can be reduced by choosing a surgeon who listens to you carefully and tries to understand your goals. Others may feel that the implant is too firm and does not feel like a natural cheek. You can ask to examine a cheek implant during your consultation before surgery, so you can decide whether or not you like the feel of the implant.
There is also a risk of changes in the sensation of the face, such as numbness or pain, if nerves are damaged during surgery; this often resolves within a few months, but may be permanent in some cases.
Additionally, scar tissue sometimes forms around the implants. If this happens, your implants may feel hard rather than soft, and may have an irregular appearance. Implants sometimes rotate or change position, leading to a strange appearance of the cheek. There is also a risk that the implant will rupture at some point, requiring it to be replaced or removed.
For those who have been unhappy with their appearance, cheek augmentation can have a major impact on self-esteem and confidence. It can free the person from spending time and money on applying and reapplying makeup to try to enhance the face. It can restore a more youthful, vibrant look for those who have lost facial volume due to aging. This type of enhancement of the facial profile cannot be accomplished through other means.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average surgeon’s fee for a cheek augmentation is $2,674. This varies between surgeons and in different regions, so check with the surgeon you’re considering to find out the exact price. Additional costs, including the anesthesia, operating room fees, medications, and possibly additional items, may not be included in this fee. Keep in mind that surgeons often offer financing options. For more detail, please visit our Cheek Augmentation Cost page.