Given that the cheeks are centrally located on the face and contribute so significantly to facial expressions, they should be a key area to target in any cosmetic dermatology rejuvenation plan. Cheek augmentation at the Denver-based AboutSkin Dermatology focuses on these critical features, adding volume as necessary and provide a youthful, rounded look in the mid-face, as well as creating structural support for facial tissues that would otherwise sag.
Read Dr. Cohen’s contribution to the New York Times article, New Beauty Goal: Plumper Cheeks.
Patients commonly come to AboutSkin Dermatology complaining of changes in their cheeks due to facial aging. One of the earliest changes many patients in their late 30s and early 40s notice is a flattening of the mid-cheek and hollowing of the tear trough area below the eyes. Over time, this flattening and deflation of the cheeks is made worse by loss of fat and supportive bone structure, as well as decreased skin elasticity.
While our body’s natural processes can keep pace with the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin throughout a person’s youth, these molecules begin to break down more quickly in the skin as we age. This shift leads to gradual loss of collagen and elastin, which in turn contributes to the development of hollows and jowls.
Ultraviolet radiation exposure can also hasten the breakdown of these molecules, causing volume loss to happen even faster.
Dermal fillers are ideal for restoring volume, including for cheek augmentation.
The AboutSkin Dermatology team offers several brands of dermal fillers ideal for cheek augmentation. Options include Restylane®, Lyft®, Voluma®, and Radiesse®, all of which provide fast cheek augmentation results. The volume these fillers add is visible right away, providing improved rounded contours and correction of hollowed tear troughs. The decreased shadowing leads to a correction of a perpetually “tired” appearance. Results can last up to two years, depending on the specific filler used. Filler treatment can be repeated as necessary to maintain results over time.
Sculptra® is also used for cheek augmentation, and provides more gradual results. Changes occur over two to three injection sessions, which not only add volume, but also serve to stimulate the skin collagen building processes that have slowed with age. Gradual, natural, renewed collagen building yields cheek augmentation results that can last for two or more years.
Skin-tightening treatments can improve the outer skin envelope, which can, in turn, improve the overall effect of fillers used for cheek augmentation. Genius RF uses radiofrequency energy, while Ultherapy® uses ultrasound energy to cause lax tissues to contract and promote renewed collagen building. Laser resurfacing procedures can improve the texture and tone of the skin and improve the response to dermal filler.
Signs of aging and sun damage in the cheeks can also cause fine lines and crepe-like wrinkling. Laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and microneedling can all help to smooth out irregularly textured skin.
IPL and fractional laser treatments (i.e., HALO hybrid fractional resurfacing) are ideal for reducing pigmentation irregularities that develop due to time and ultraviolet radiation exposure.
As director of AboutSkin Dermatology, the nationally renowned Dr. Cohen oversees the practice.READ MORE
Dr. Stoler has provided medical and surgical services at AboutSkin Dermatology since 2011.READ MORE
Dr. Ho joined AboutSkin Dermatology in 2012, and provides medical and surgical services.READ MORE
Dr. Fettig came to AboutSkin in 2019 after completing her Boston University residency.READ MORE
Dr.Brooke E. Rothstein has joined AboutSkin Dermatology after graduating from Tufts University.READ MORE