What is the deal with cheek implants?

I feel like cheek implants are what I need to make me feel better about how my face has changed. I had nice cheekbones and they're still there but my face has thinned out so much over the years (I'm 54) and my cheeks look hollow. I've tried to gain weight specifically for my face but it doesn't work that way. I would like to get an idea of what's involved in getting cheek implants. How it works, how long it works for, if any risks are involved and what the actual procedure entails. Also if there are cases when cheek implants just don't make sense no matter how much a person wants them. I realize I'm asking for a lot. I'll appreciate anything you can tell me. Thank you.


F, 57, Florida

Tags:woman age 45-54 cheeks cheekbones risks hollow cheeks

Thank you for sharing your question.  With all of the new filler options available today it is very rare for cheek implants to be recommended.  Facial fillers can help restore volume where lost, and mildly correct sagging skin in the jaw area.  The cheek area is a great place for long term fillers such as Voluma or Restylane Lyft.  This would be a better option than a cheek implant.  Implants placed in the face over time can cause bone loss,in either the chin or cheek area.  Please see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for a consultation for Dermal Fillers.  I hope this was helpful to you.

Best Wishes, Dr. B.


Without photos to review it is very difficult to assess what your best options may be.  Implants can be helpful for restoring skeletal volume or shape, soft tissue fillers for volume loss, and surgical lifting procedures with or without fat grafting for tissue descent and volume loss.  Many times a combination of approaches yields the best result.  An in person consultation with your facial plastic surgeon is the best place to start.

It is common to lose volume in the mid face/cheek area with age. This occurs due to descent of facial tissues and volume loss of fat/recession of bone. The best way, in my opinion, to correct this issue is surgical. While soft tissue fillers and implants can help, repositioning descended facial tissues to their anatomic original locations in combination with fat grafting is the most powerful and reproducible way to rejuvenate the volume-deflated aging face.