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Have you noticed that your cheeks are drooping and thinner than they were when you were younger?
Or maybe time is not the culprit and you have always had less-than-contoured cheeks. Cheek augmentation in Annapolis, MD from facial plastic surgeon Dr. Namita Murthy can add definition to the cheeks, creating a look that is elevated, elegant and youthful.
Cheek augmentation is a surgical procedure that involves the insertion of an implant that can add volume and shape to your cheek. Implants are made from biocompatible substances like silicone or polyethylene, approved by the FDA for use in the human body.
These implants provide a permanent solution to hollow or flat cheeks (unlike fillers that break down and must be reapplied frequently). Cheek implants may be inserted on the cheekbones to provide more definition or lower in the face to fill in sunken areas. As we get older, we lose collagen and elastin which provide the structure and resiliency of our skin. Besides, the fat in our cheeks tends to decrease in volume and ultimately, droop.
The resulting sagging from both age-related effects causes us to look older than we feel. We wish for the plump, filled-out cheeks we had when we were younger. Sometimes the need for balance or fuller cheeks is requested by younger patients that do not naturally have the structure they desire. Cheek augmentation in Annapolis is available from Dr. Namita Murthy, an expert facial plastic surgeon certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Cheek augmentation can help the proportions of your face and can be done to one or both cheeks to provide a balanced appearance.
The procedure can also help increase the projection of your cheekbones. It is also done after reconstructive surgery for cancer or in the case of a cheekbone fracture. If you are looking for fuller, more youthful-looking cheeks, Annapolis cheek augmentation by Dr. Murthy will be done with a conscientious feminine aesthetic and result in a natural look.
When you meet with Dr. Namita Murthy, the two of you will determine if you are a good candidate for cheek augmentation at her practice. You will be a good candidate for cheek implants if you are in good health and want a permanent solution to creating fuller cheeks.
Dr. Murthy will discuss other treatments that may be better solutions if you are not a good candidate for cheek implants. Injectable fillers may be used to plump the cheeks as a non-surgical treatment. Fillers, although a temporary solution, are a good first step to take before having implant surgery.
In some cases, cheek augmentation is done as a stand-alone procedure, but may also be an excellent addition to a facelift, shaving years off your appearance. Facial fat transfer or fat grafting can also be a solution. In this procedure, fat is taken from another area of your body, like your abdomen, hips, or thighs, and injected into the cheek area. This can be a permanent fix, however out of the fat that is transferred, only 60-80% of the fat survives. The rest is harmlessly processed out of the body.
Before any treatment, Dr. Murthy will discuss your goals for the appearance of your cheeks. She will also talk about any other facial plastic surgery that might be a complement to or substitution for a cheek implant.
She will review your medical history, analyze the condition and resiliency of your skin, and come up with a plan to keep you looking as natural as possible. Cheek implants are usually done under general anesthesia. Dr. Murthy will make a small incision above your gum line in your mouth or under your eyelid. Space is created for the implant which is placed over the cheekbone, and the implant is attached with either sutures or a screw to ensure it says in place.
The incision is completely hidden and stitched up with sutures or adhesives which are removed at one week post-procedure. The surgery usually lasts about an hour. Dr. Murthy will outline your post-surgical care. She will discuss with you what to expect and how to care for your incisions.
You can expect some swelling and bruising for a few days to a few weeks, but you will probably be able to resume regular activity within a week.
You may have some numbness until your nerves heal. If the incision was done at the gum line, you will need to use mouthwash to reduce the chances of infection. Dr. Murthy will always be available for any concerns you may have during the healing process.
When all the swelling has disappeared, you will notice your fuller, more youthful face. Most patients notice an improvement in the balance and proportion of their facial features and an instant lift to the upper face. Cheek implants are permanent unless removed. For cheek augmentation in Annapolis, MD, Dr. Namita Murthy can help you have the fullness and plump cheeks you’ve always wanted.
Dr. Namita Murthy is a fellowship-trained and board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery to help you become the best version of yourself. If you are looking for an Annapolis, MD cheek augmentation, contact Dr. Murthy to discuss ways to get the youthful look you desire.