The older we get, the more we tend to lose volume in our cheeks and the effects of gravity and time tend to pull our youthful rosy apple cheeks downward. This can make us look older than we feel and constantly fatigued. When a patient comes in for a consultation, we look at the face as a whole and part of the correction of this problem can include a cheek lift which can be done surgically, similar to a facelift, or it can involve adding volume to targeted areas to restore your cheeks to their youthful, full, natural appearance.
Cheek Lift Procedure
Cheek lift surgery is commonly preformed under general anesthesia and completed within two hours. Small incisions are made through the gum line, and sometimes above the hairline, to minimize the appearance of scars post-operation. The malar fat pad, adjoining muscle, and nearby tissue are separated from the cheekbone, moved it into the desired location, and then re-sutured it to the cheekbone in that position.
Depending on the patient’s post-operative care and healing ability, cheek lift recovery is usually within two weeks. The cheeks and lower lips will be numb and swollen after surgery, and use of cold compresses and elevation of the head is recommended to speed recovery and alleviate discomfort. Sun exposure and strenuous activity should be avoided for several weeks, and the incisions must be kept sterile after surgery by maintaining personal hygiene. Swelling will subside over one to two months and results will become visible.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Amir Nasir provides Cheek Lift surgery to patients in Westport, Fairfield, New Haven, and surrounding areas. If you would like more information on Cheek Lift procedure, please contact us today by completing our online form, or at (203) 221-5809 to schedule your consultation.