Dear Dr. Seckel, I think I need a cheek lift. I had a face lift 2 years ago, not by you but by someone else. I was bruised for several weeks and had a tough recovery. But now I still have sagging cheeks and sunken cheeks. I thought a face lift also was a cheek lift. How come my cheeks still sag and look sunken in? On your website the pictures of the face lift show full pump cheeks. Is there any way to fix sagging cheeks and sunken cheeks without surgery? I don’t want another face lift. You talk on your website about non-surgical methods-can you do a non-surgical cheek lift. I am 45, very fit and look young everyplace but my sunken, sagging cheeks. Please help, Brenda, Boston, Massachusetts
I am sorry to hear about your experience with sagging cheek and sunken cheek after face lift. I always try to make a cheek lift an integral part of any face lift I do. Often, many face lift procedures focus only on the neck and jaw line, and miss the cheek lift and one of the most important characteristics of a young face, full high cheeks, are not achieved. There are however exciting new non-surgcical liquid cheek lift techniques now available. These new non-surgical facial filler techniques can plump the cheek and mid face quickly and easily.
Full cheeks and high cheekbones are classic signs of a youthful beautiful face. Sagging and sunken cheeks make your face look older and create a tired look. Cheek lift is one of the common plastic surgery procedures but the new non-surgical liquid cheek lift can create a beautiful full looking mid face in a matter of minutes. New facial filler methods using Restylane, Radiesse, Juvederm and others for cheek lift can plump and lift the sunken or sagging cheek with minimal discomfort and no down time. New facial fillers are a safe easy non-surgical way to have a liquid face lift or cheek lift and keep your cheeks looking full and your face young.
What Causes Sagging Cheek and Sunken Cheek?
Babies and young children have chubby cheeks. That is because a structure called the malar (cheek bone) fat pad rests firmly on top of the cheek bone in children and young adults. People begin to think of a cheek lift after their face begins to age.
Skin aging causes sagging of the facial skin. Gravity pulls the cheek skin down as we age, and the cheek fat pad or malar fat pad slides off of the cheek bone and into the face. The effect is a sunken cheek on and below the cheek bone where the fat pad used to be.
Another effect is fullness and sagging cheek below the cheek bone in the mid cheek area closer to the nose and mouth. This aging and fullness also creates a fold of skin that hangs over the mouth, called the nose to mouth lines, nasal labial fold, or nasolabial fold.
As the sagging cheek gets worse, the skin folds fall down to the chin and jaw line area creating marionette lines and jowls.
What cheek lift or mid face rejuvenation should achieve
A young face should be round and full in the mid face; proper correction of the sagging or sunken cheek should create:
• A full, round plump cheek high on the cheek bone
• Correction of the sunken cheek look
• Lift of the nose to mouth lines or nasal labial fold
• Lift of the mouth
• Lift of the marionette line
• Lift of the jowl
Non-surgical cheek lift
New facial filler injections produce a beautiful mid face lift. Facial filler injections with Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Perlane and other soft tissue fillers are safe, quick, effective methods to lift or plump the sagging or sunken cheek with minimal down time.
A newer technique called the liquid face lift uses strategically placed facial filler injections in the mid face and on the zygoma (cheek bone) to lift the cheek and restore a youthful look. Results can be fabulous and you avoid the scars and risks associated with a surgical cheek lift or mid face lift. Benefits of the liquid cheek lift procedure are:
• Full round high cheek
• Correction of sunken cheek
• Safe quick procedure
• No down time
• No surgery
• See a beautiful result immediately
How is the procedure done?
The liquid cheek lift takes only a few minutes. Your face will be cleansed with a special anti-bacterial soap. Numbing cream is applied to the face to minimize any discomfort during the facial filler cheek lift injection.
When I use the facial filler Radiesse, I actually mix xylocaine, an anesthetic, with the Radiesse filler so that the cheek area is numbed as I do the liquid cheek lift. If I use Restylane, Juvederm or Perlane, I cannot mix the anesthetic with the filler so I often give you a nerve block so that there will be no discomfort when I do the injection.
Many of my patients insist that I do not numb the area as they consider the cheek lift injections cause minimal discomfort. The actual injection of the Restylane, Radiesse, Juvederm or Perlane takes only a few minutes. The liquid cheek lift procedure is very quick, in my hands.
You will see your new plump youthful cheek immediately! No waiting for complicated recovery. Bruising is unusual with the facial filler cheek lift injection in this area.
What does the procedure cost?
Facial filler injections can cost $400-$900 per syringe of filler used. Prices depend on the particular filler used, and the skill and reputation of the doctor doing the filler injection.
Typically 2-3 syringes of filler are used to do the liquid cheek lift mid face plumping procedure. More extensive full face lifting filler injections may require more syringes, especially if the jowl and mouth area are to be lifted as well.
Learn more about this remarkable non-surgical cheek lift technique. The new non-surgical facial fillers are revolutionizing plastic surgery and facial rejuvenation. Now you can restore or maintain a full young looking mid face with minimal downtime or discomfort.
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