Symmetry is one way we unconsciously judge beauty in ourselves and others. Everyone has some natural asymmetry in the face, even if it is very slight. This asymmetry gives everyone a unique look and beauty, but in some people, asymmetry is more significant than usual. People with significant facial asymmetry often feel insecure about their appearance, suffering from self-esteem and confidence problems. While some asymmetry cannot be fixed, and shouldn’t, there are methods available for making some types of it less noticeable. Cheek asymmetry is a concern some people have, with one cheek often seeming narrower and more elevated than the other. So can cheek augmentation help improve facial symmetry?
Facial Symmetry and Augmentation
Augmentation procedures have long been used to make the face appear more balanced, youthful, and symmetrical. Depending on the nature of cheek asymmetry, it is often possible to improve facial balance and symmetry with cheek augmentation. Best results are usually achieved by treating both cheeks, though to different degrees. In order to get even better results, cheek augmentation may need to be combined with other procedures to bring balance to the face.
Options for Augmentation
There are two major options for cheek augmentation: facial implants and dermal fillers. There are pros and cons to each option, which each patient must be weigh carefully.
Dermal fillers are a temporary method of cheek augmentation. Fillers produce subtle lift, and may be able to offset slight asymmetry in the cheeks. Fillers have several advantages, including their price, accessibility, and non-invasive treatment method. A good introductory treatment, fillers generally cost a few hundred dollars and can be administered in just a few minutes. Most people are eligible for this treatment, and they are an especially good choice for a special event, as they require no recovery time and provide instant results.
The downsides to cheek augmentation with fillers are the limitations of the results, their temporary nature, and their cost over time. Because they need to be repeated about once every six months to a year to maintain results, the costs can add up over just a few years. Results are also likely to be less dramatic for fillers than with implants.
A permanent method for cheek augmentation, facial implants require a simple surgery to insert the implants into the cheeks. The advantages of implants are the longevity of the results, and the ability to create more dramatic outcomes. This method for rejuvenation may be best for people who have been happy with the results of dermal fillers, and would like to progress to permanent results.
Surgical cheek augmentation does, of course, require some downtime, and the initial cost can be daunting. Scarring is minimal to non-existent, and the patient is only in surgery for about 45 minutes. Initial recovery time takes about a week.
Facial Fat Transfer
Although some patients are interested in the idea of facial fat transfer, this procedure is a less ideal method for cheek augmentation. While this technique is great for restoring youth to the face, it is usually not as helpful for cheek augmentation to promote symmetry. This is because the results are not as precise as they are from the other two methods, as some fat will be reabsorbed once it has been injected into the face.
Is Augmentation Right for You?
Cosmetic surgery and treatments are not the right choice for everyone. Your facial symmetry issues may not be compatible with augmentation, you may not be healthy enough for the procedure, or you simply may not be able to get the results you desire with cheek augmentation. The decision to undergo facial procedures is highly personal and should be made after thorough research and discussion with a facial plastic surgeon. There are a few requirements you will need to have to undergo any procedure, including:
- General good health
- Realistic expectations
- Clear goals for the procedure
- Good habits (no smoking or drugs)
- Enough financial stability to manage treatment costs
If you feel confident you meet the above requirements, then it’s time to start discussing your procedure with potential surgeons. Be sure to go to your consultations armed with specific questions.
Choosing a Reputable Surgeon
Will you be able to get the results you’re looking for from cheek augmentation? The only way to know if cheek augmentation is a good option for you is to speak to a qualified plastic surgeon who can advise you on how to improve your facial balance. Successful facial plastic surgery requires a great deal of customization, and it is essential to have a board-certified surgeon evaluate your facial structure, health, and cosmetic goals before you make a decision about your procedure. If you’re looking for a surgeon who can give you reliable advice on your options, look no further than board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Robert A. Mounsey. Dr. Mounsey is dedicated to providing each patient with beautiful, natural results, and is ready to help you attain your goals. For more information about treatments with Dr. Mounsey, call Revesse at 416-438-2499 to schedule your consultation today.