Cheek Implants

Cheek Implants Rancho Mirage

Cheek augmentation & Malar augmentation

Our cheeks lose volume and start to sag as we get older. A cheek implant will provide you with a more youthful balance and harmony to your facial features. If you have suffered a trauma to the face or have asymmetrical facial structure, you can improve your aesthetic appearance with a cheek augmentation procedure. If you are self-conscious about your cheeks, you can benefit from the top cheek implants Rancho Mirage has to offer.

What are cheek implants?

A cheek implant is a cosmetic surgical procedure that augments the cheeks on a person’s face by adding volume or lifting the cheeks. Also known as malar augmentation, a cheek implant is often placed over the cheekbone to produce a fuller and more sculpted cheek appearance. There is a non-surgical option: an injection like Restylane that uses your own fat tissue.

What types of cheek implants are used?

There are three types of cheek implants: an implant surgery, fat transfer or the use of dermal fillers. Each option increases volume and contours to the cheeks and give definition to a person’s face.

Cheek augmentation with implants is a surgical procedure that provides permanent results. The most common materials used are Gore-Tex implants, Medpor implants and solid silicone implants. A fat transfer removes undesirable fat cells from a particular area like the stomach or buttock area and grafts it into the cheek area to add volume. The result is a healthier appearance. The third possible treatment involves injectable fillers like Radiesse and Restylane, hyaluronic acid that brings temporary fullness in the face and offers a shorter recovery period. However, it does not last as long as the other two techniques.

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“Dr. Chopra is not only very charismatic, knowledgeable, and experienced, his bedside manner made the difference in my decision to have my augmentation done by him. I will never use any other Doctor as I am a dedicated patient!”

“I had the most amazing experience!”

“I had the most amazing experience with Dr. Chopra. He anticipated my needs and made sure I felt great with my results. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a wonderful plastic surgeon who really goes above and beyond!”

“Extremely happy with my results.”

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“Exceeded All Expectations”

“Since then Dr. Chopra has done my implants and 2 fat transfer procedures. It has been 1 year and 9 months since my breast cancer diagnosis and in that time your surgical team becomes like family.”

About the Cheek Implant Procedure

Depending on which type of treatment you choose, the procedure for a cheek implant can take less than an hour and up to a few hours. Dermal fillers are the easiest and fastest procedure that involves your surgeon injecting small deposits of filler in the cheek area, often between the lower eyelids, nasolabial fold and the cheek.

A fat transfer differs from dermal fillers with its use of natural fat from one area of your body like your stomach or the thighs. Instead of injecting an artificial substance, fat transfer involves a liposuction procedure to transfers fat from one area of your body to the cheek area to add volume and fullness to your cheeks. The fat cells are cleaned and purified before being injected back into your body.

For cheek implants, you and your surgeon will decide on the type of implants to be used for the procedure, whether Gore-Tex, Medpor or solid silicone, which is the most popular choice. An intravenous sedation or a local or general anesthesia can be applied before your treatment. An incision only several millimeters in length is made near your cheeks, inside your mouth or under your eyelid. The implant is inserted through the incisions to augment the cheeks and usually placed in the outer upper cheek and the lower/mid-cheek areas. Sutures or skin adhesives are used to close the incisions.

What to expect?

You should expect to see an improvement in the appearance of your face with more prominent cheekbones. There are great benefits with Rancho Mirage cheek implants such as:

Cheek Implant FAQs

Types of cheek augmentation?

Here are the main types of cheek augmentation. Malar implants are placed directly on the cheekbones for higher projection while fat transfer takes fat cells from one area of the body to use in the cheeks. For non-surgical options, there’s a variety of choices with popular fillers made of hyaluronic acid like Juvederm and Voluma XC, which are formulated specifically for the cheek area. You can also consider liposuction of fat from the cheek area or buccal fat pad removal that reduces prominent cheeks.

Are cheek implants safe?

Yes, with a qualified and experienced surgeon like Dr. Villanueva or Dr. Chopra, you have years of education and experience working for you. Some of the risks with a cheek implant can include allergic reaction, bad reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, hematoma, infection, numbness, poor healing of incisions, scarring, seroma, skin loss or discoloration, swelling, scarring and thrombosis.

Will the cheek augmentation scar?

Your scar fades with time and will be inconspicuous or hidden inside the mouth, behind the hairline or inside the eyelid.

How long does swelling last after cheek implants?

There is usually moderate to considerable amount of swelling around the cheek area and under the eyes. Cold compression therapy can help decrease the swelling, which disappears after a couple of weeks.

How long do cheek implants last?

The result of a cheek augmentation procedure is permanent and will redefine the shape of your face. It can take several months to see the final results as you slowly heal and your new facial contours is revealed with a more defined facial profile and enhanced facial structure.

Can you feel cheek implants?

You will feel some discomfort after your surgery which ice compression therapy will help to decrease the amount of swelling. With dermal fillers, the pain is minimal and can be handled with topical anesthetic creams. Fat transfer depends on the size and area of the zone where the fat is grafted from. A cheek implant procedure will yield more pain in the cheeks compared to the other two options. Pain medication can be prescribed by the surgeon for relief and deal with discomfort.

But on the positive side, you will feel that your face now appears more youthful, your facial features are now more balanced and you will definitely feel more attractive.

Can cheek implants be removed?

If you are unhappy with the results, your cheek implants can be removed and is a reversible procedure.

How to prepare for surgery

Here are some tips in preparing for your Rancho Mirage cheek implant:

Recovering from surgery

You may experience some pain, swelling and light bruising following your procedure. You can alleviate soreness with pain medications and cold packs. Bandages or gauze dressings may be applied to your incisions to minimize the swelling and help your cheeks to heal. If you receive an incision inside your mouth, you will probably need to go on a liquid diet temporarily and use a special mouth rinse.

Stitches in your mouth dissolve within 10 days. You may have limited movement when you smile or talk to someone for a few days. It can take several weeks for the swelling to decrease. Most people return to work within 10 days and to their normal activities in about two weeks. After one to two months, you should start to notice the results, including a more balanced and defined facial structure.


During your cheek implants consultation, you will have a chance to discuss your goals for your cheeks, any previous surgeries, any drug allergies, medical conditions and any medications, vitamins and herbal supplements that you are currently taking. The surgeon will evaluate your health and your pre-existing health conditions, examine your face and take photographs before recommending which treatment is best for you in order to give you the best cheek implants Rancho Mirage has to offer.