Cheek Augmentation Overview
High and prominent cheekbones are often associated with a youthful, toned body. Strong cheekbones balance your face and reflect light into your eyes. Sunken, hollow cheeks – which may be a result of aging or your genetics – can make you look older and heavier than you feel.
Over time, the fat layer that supports a person’s cheeks can shrink, leaving the cheeks to appear less pronounced. This can give your face a thinner and angular appearance as your cheeks become flatter and reduce the definition they used to provide for your face. This fat layer can now be enhanced with either a small cheek implant, dermal filler, or fat transfer. Through cheek augmentation, your cheeks can regain their youthful appearance to improve the overall look of your face.
Dr. Sadati has been voted by his patients: “ The Best Cosmetic Surgeon” in OC register 3 years in a row, “ Top Plastic Surgeon in Orange County” in Locale magazine, The Rivera Magazine named him as one of the top beauty experts in Orange County. He has received “ Best Overall Facial Rejuvenation” award by his peers at the national Aesthetic Show. He also appeared on “the Doctors” TV show.
As a painter and sculptor, Dr. Kevin Sadati blends art and medical science to create beautiful, natural-looking results in his cosmetic surgery patients. Through his experience, surgical finesse and artistic talent, Dr. Kevin Sadati has become one of the most sought after facial plastic surgeons in Orange County.
Orange County plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Sadati invites you to call the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery in southern California to receive a free consultation.
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"10 stars if that was an option. My results are exactly what I wanted. I knew Dr. Sadati was my surgeon of choice at my first consultation. He spent time meticulously describing the pre, during, post events which made me believe he would be equally detailed and meticulous when it came to my procedure (neck and lower face lift, upper bleph). My healing was fast but I committed to ~everything~ that was suggested. I never needed a pain pill - not even a Tylenol."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Aug 29, 2017
"The experience with Dr. Sadati was impeccable! The surgery he performed on me was septo-rhinoplasty along with otoplasty and I am completely pleased with the results. Throughout the whole process he gave me confidence that he was the right doctor for the surgery and he delivered. 100% recommend Dr. Sadati for your plastic surgery needs."- J.R. / Google / Apr 06, 2019
"Impeccable Surgeon - The experience with Dr. Sadati was impeccable! The surgery he performed on me was septo-rhinoplasty along with otoplasty and I am completely pleased with the results. Throughout the whole process he gave me confidence that he was the right doctor for the surgery and he delivered. 100% recommend Dr. Sadati for your plastic surgery needs."- J. / RealSelf / Apr 05, 2019
"Informative and Relaxing Skin Care Inprovment - My experience with Dr. Sadati's office was informative, complete and realistic from receptionist to expectation, to follow up and end result. All his staff is knowledgeable and will answer all questions without hesitation. The procedure as well as the skin and nutrition products was provided to me prior to my procedure and follow up products for after the procedure. I will continue to visit..."- S. / RealSelf / Apr 04, 2019
"As a woman over the age of 60 in a life transition, I wanted to do something for myself. I found Dr. Sadati after doing months of research. Having been the recipient of an extraordinary facelift by Dr. Sadati, I am eager to let others know of the natural, youthful, and yes, beautiful work of this immensely skilled surgeon. Most importantly, I want to say as strongly as I can, he does this procedure without general anesthesia. This procedure requires a minimal recuperation time. Dr. Sadati is a doctor of such high standard of integrity and perfection. If any part of his work is not in line with perfection, he will remedy it. I believe Dr. Kevin Sadati is the best plastic surgeon available. Thank you Dr. Sadati."- M.L. / Google / Mar 30, 2019
Cheek Augmentation Surgical Technique
Your cheek implant surgery will be performed in our beautiful Newport Beach office in Orange County, California. Prior to surgery, you will completely understand your surgical plan and know how long your surgery will take.
Dr. Kevin Sadati will begin your cheek augmentation by making a small incision on the inside of your mouth. This incision is located just above your upper lip and gives Dr. Sadati access to the underside of your facial muscle. Using tiny sutures, he will create small pockets above each cheekbone to hold the implant in place. Once the implant is inserted into the pocket, Dr. Sadati will make sure that it is positioned correctly and that your cheek implants are symmetrical.
Dr. Kevin Sadati will then carefully close the pockets using tiny sutures. The incisions inside your mouth will be closed using tiny, dissolvable stitches. A compression bandage will be placed over your face to provide support and speed the healing process. Because the incisions are located inside your mouth, there is no visible scarring.
This procedure tightens and smoothes the appearance of nasolabial folds, as well as the vertical lines that run downward from the mouth and on the sides of the chin.
Cheek Augmentation During/After Surgery
For your safety, your surgery will be performed using IV sedation. Dr. Sadati goes to great lengths to create a calm and comforting atmosphere, which alleviates much of our patients’ stress. You will be completely relaxed by medications such as Valium and Benadryl.
As a precaution, your vital signs will be closely monitored and you’ll be discharged only after a thorough post-op review. You will need to have someone drive you home. We recommend that you wear a loose, button-down shirt so that it will be easy to get dressed following your surgery.
Cheek lift procedures are performed using local anesthesia and twilight sedation at an accredited surgical facility in Orange County. The length of the surgery, if performed by itself, will usually vary between 1 – 2 hours. This surgery is considered an outpatient procedure.
After surgery, you can expect to experience some bruising and swelling. However, these symptoms can be eased with a cold compress or over-the-counter pain medication. During the first 72 hours, your cheeks will likely be swollen – much like you’d look if you’d had your wisdom teeth removed. Swelling can be lessened by regularly icing your cheeks. It is also essential that you keep your upper body elevated and avoid activities that increase blood flow to your face (such as vigorous exercise or heavy lifting). Swelling will start to resolve after 72 hours and should be much better within a week. Most patients go back to work within a week. Patients can generally return to moderate exercise within 10 days and heavy lifting after 4 weeks.
Dr. Sadati will give you specific instructions on how to brush your teeth and care for the incision in your mouth. This may include using a special mouthwash to prevent infection. Dr. Sadati will provide you with pain medication to keep you comfortable. He also suggests using a homeopathic remedy called Arnica Montana to reduce inflammation and aid in your recovery.
You will have dietary restrictions during your recovery period. For the first 24 hours, you must be on a liquid diet. During the next 6 to 8 weeks, you must eat soft foods and specifically avoid “sharp” foods such as potato chips. By the end of 8 weeks, the swelling should be resolved and the final results of your chin augmentation will be visible. You cannot sleep on your face for 8 weeks following surgery.
If you have any post-surgical numbness in your cheeks, it should resolve within three months.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 day, 1 week, 2 months
- Procedure Recovery Location
- Out Patient
Cheek Lift FAQS
While surgery typically produces the most dramatic results, many patients may find satisfactory results with injectable fillers or a liquid facelift. Those procedures are better reserved for patients who are not as concerned with drooping and loose skin. Certain fillers can assist in smoothing out wrinkles, improving fine lines, and adding facial volume under the cheeks. These options can be discussed during the initial consultation.
Will I Look Fake?
In the days that follow a facial surgery, patients will feel tight and pulled. The cheeks in particular will feel stretched as the skin adjusts to its new position. However, these symptoms are normal and will subside with time to reveal a natural-looking cheek contour.
What kind of anesthesia?
Cheek augmentation has advanced greatly in recent years, it can be performed using local anesthesia and twilight sedation without the need for general anesthesia.
Fat Grafting Option?
Dr. Kevin Sadati helped to pioneer fat grafting with PRP in Newport Beach, a procedure he has performed often during his time in Orange County. This process is a more natural cosmetic procedure, and it involves removing unwanted fatty tissue from other parts of a patient’s body and placing it under the layer of skin on a person’s face. This gives the patient that full, youthful appearance that their face once had while at the same time utilizing a more natural process to achieve this goal.
Fat Grafting with PRP can help patients in a variety of different ways. It is known to correct many facial issues including lip enhancements, wrinkles, hallow jowls and cheeks and lower eyelid adjustments, among others.
He has published a well-known research paper regarding free fat transfer with PRP in the Journal of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. His paper received the best scholarly manuscript research paper award in 2006 at the American Academy of Cosmetic Scientific meeting. Soon after receiving this award, he presented his technique at many national plastic surgery meetings.
Dr. Sadati says his patients have expressed a desire to avoid using matter, such as implants, that would be foreign to their bodies when having an augmentation procedure. Dr. Sadati’s innovative fat grafting technology allows him to create natural-looking results in less time and with better results, and is performed under local anesthesia. The Harvest Technology System is a more efficient and cost effective way to purify and concentrate platelets (PRP) in order to add to pure fat for fat grafting. To help ensure the procedure’s success, Dr. Sadati uses Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, directly from a patient’s bloodstream.
Even though cheek implants are the best long-term solution for cheek augmentation, it is also expensive, invasive and time-consuming. Some patients don’t have the time or resources for cheek implants. Although dermal fillers are not permanent, they provide great results and are a wonderful option for many patients.
Dermal fillers can also be a “trial run” before implant surgery. This gives you a chance to experience a more youthful look, without the recovery time required for surgery.
How are fillers used?
Fillers are injected into your cheeks. There are many types of fillers available, including Voluma, Radiesses, Restylane, Sculptra, Belotero and Juvederm that can be used to restore lost volume in your cheeks. During your consultation, Dr. Sadati will determine which filler will provide the best outcome, based on your goals and your anatomy.
When dermal fillers are used, the results are highly dependent on the skill of the surgeon. Not only must the surgeon understand which filler will provide the best result, they must have a deep understanding of facial anatomy so that they can properly place the injection(s). A few millimeters of difference in the injection site (or depth) can mean the difference between natural and unnatural looking cheeks.
Fillers will need to be repeated to keep the results looking fresh. Depending on the type of filler used and the location of the injection(s), the results of your cheek augmentation can last up to a year.