In many people assigned female at birth, the cheekbones sit higher and appear more prominently on the face than for folks assigned male at birth. Cheek augmentations can help make the appearance of cheekbones more prominent and give the face more of a heart shape. There are two ways Dr. Facque can help achieve a cheek augmentation: fat transfer and fillers.
With fat transfers, Dr. Facque takes fat from other parts of the body and deposits into the cheeks. This option for cheek augmentations yields the most permanent results. Usually with this procedure about 50-60% of the transplanted fat will survive the transplant. A patient can try to optimize their chances of good fat survival by avoiding strenuous activity for 4 weeks following this procedure. Avoiding strenuous exercise helps to create conditions that are more suitable for fat transfers to survive where they are transferred rather than be absorbed back into the body. In some patients, multiple rounds of fat filling is performed in order to achieve the desired result.
Another way that Dr. Facque can enhance the cheek bones is through the injection of filler. There are a variety of different available types of filler, with each staying in the body a different amount of time (ranging from 6 months to two years). When fillers are used to augment the cheeks, patients are not required to adhere to any activity limitations. Fillers are also an outpatient procedure, meaning if patients just want cheek fillers these can be placed in the office without any need for anesthesia. This option is less permanent than fat transfers because the fillers will be absorbed into the body over time, but some patients prefer this method in order to avoid surgery or anesthesia. Some patients use temporary filler to determine if they would like augmented cheek bones prior to undergoing fat transfer to the face. In general, filler is less expensive than fat transfer because the patient will not need to pay for the operating room or anesthesia associated with fat transfer. However, with repeated filler injection, there might not be any cost savings.
Cheek augmentation recovery depends on the method of augmentation. As stated above, when the fat transfer method is used, Dr. Facque recommends that patients restrict strenuous activity for 4 weeks to help support their healing and the survival of the fat in its new location.
Using filler, on the other hand, is not associated with any long term activity or lifestyle restrictions when performed alone, and therefore is sometimes preferred over fat transfers for this reason.