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Cheek Augmentation
Gulf Shores

Cheek augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that enhances the contours and definition of the cheeks, creating a more youthful and balanced facial appearance. For centuries, higher and fuller cheekbones have been a common characteristic of faces considered to be “beautiful.” In many cases, building up underdeveloped or flattened cheeks can be accomplished by placing medical-grade implants on the facial bones. By restoring facial harmony and definition, cheek augmentation in Gulf Shores can rejuvenate the overall appearance, providing a subtle yet impactful enhancement to one’s features.

What Is Cheek Augmentation?

Cheek augmentation is a permanent cosmetic procedure to enhance the appearance of the cheeks, as opposed to fillers which must be repeated every few months. So in the long run a medical grade implant is less costly and more convenient than the filler approach.

During this treatment, implants are strategically placed on the facial bones to add volume and definition to underdeveloped or flattened cheeks. This approach aims to create a more harmonious and balanced facial profile. Cheek augmentation can be performed with other aesthetic procedures or as a standalone treatment. It is an effective way to achieve the coveted high cheekbone appearance that has been associated with beauty and facial symmetry for centuries.

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The McCollough Cheek Augmentation Approach

A specialist in facial plastic surgery analyzes the face and attempts to select the appropriate implant for each patient and for each cheek. Rarely are the two sides of the face symmetrical prior to surgery, so one can expect some asymmetry to be present after the operation.

Cheek augmentation in Gulf Shores can be performed in conjunction with other facial aesthetic procedures, or it can be done as an isolated procedure under “twilight” anesthesia. During surgery, incisions are usually made inside the mouth and under the upper lip in order to avoid external scars on the face, The medical-grade implant is placed directly on the facial bones to build up underdeveloped or flattened cheeks. These incisions are closed with absorbable sutures, which dissolve within 5-7 days.

Cheek Augmentation

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The Recovery Process After Cheek Augmentation

Some degree of swelling follows any procedure. The swelling is due to the new tissue fluids brought into the area by the body to promote healing. The increased blood supply to the region is responsible for the pink color of the skin and some of the “discoloration” associated with surgery. When these healing fluids are no longer required, the tissues release them, and they are absorbed. You must be willing to accept temporary swelling and discoloration.

Like other plastic surgical operations, it may take 6-12 months for the last five or ten percent of swelling to disappear, so be patient. We will ask you to return for postoperative visits at several intervals during the first year or so.

These visits are necessary for us to monitor the progress of your healing, so please notify us if you have a problem. Failure to follow these instructions can lead to certain complications, which could jeopardize the desired result.
Most patients can return to work or resume “normal” activities within a few days. Patients are urged to avoid injury to the cheek region for 4-6 weeks. After that time, it is unlikely that the implant(s) could be disturbed unless a severe blow should be received. As is the case with any augmentation, there are imponderables, risks, and the possibility that the operation might not reach a patient’s expectations. However, cheek augmentations often add a finishing touch and provide better balance for patients seeking improved facial harmony.

Cheek Augmentation Aftercare Instructions:

  • Do not manipulate sutures or pull the lower lip forward, as it may interfere with the healing.
  • Do not eat foods such as nuts, popcorn, grits, etc., that may leave debris in the lower lip crease as it may irritate the healing suture line.
  • Do not force the tongue down into the crease to “feel” the sutures or attempt to clean the debris. This maneuver, too, may interfere with healing.
  • We recommend you eat soft foods (soups, Jell-O, puddings, potatoes, etc.) for at least five days after surgery.
  • If you should notice extreme swelling or redness around the implant, notify us immediately. You should report any drainage from the incision sites.

Be careful not to injure the chin or cheek. To this end, for at least three weeks, avoid:

  • contact sports
  • diving or skiing
  • holding small children
  • large crowds
  • manipulating the lower lip
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With Dr. McCollough

Dr. McCollough is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with certifications from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. He is a trusted authority in facial enhancement. However, what sets Dr. McCollough apart is his commitment to improving not just the appearance but also the overall quality of life for his patients. He is dedicated to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals with cutting-edge facial enhancement.

At McCollough Plastic Surgery, we understand that looking and feeling your best can pave the way for lasting health and happiness. Our clinic, strategically located in the heart of Craft Farms, near the beautiful Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, offers a tranquil setting for your surgical process and post-surgical recovery. If you’re visiting from out of town, you’re welcome to stay at one of our recovery villas, tended to by around-the-clock nursing staff.

Whether you’re considering cheek augmentation or other facial procedures, Dr. McCollough and his expanded team guide you through your aesthetic journey. Contact us to schedule your consultation for cheek augmentation in Gulf Shores and take the first step toward a more confident you.

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