Though high cheekbones are often considered signs of youth and beauty, as a person ages the volume of bone and fat in the middle of their face decreases. This leads to flattening of the cheeks and deepening of the folds between the nose and the corners of the mouth, called nasolabial folds, and between the corners of the mouth and chin, called marionette lines.
Fortunately, at Youthful Reflections we offer two procedures that allow our patients to have stronger and more youthful cheeks.
During this procedure, fat is harvested from the patient’s thighs or lower abdomen through liposuction. Dr. Boggess then injects the fat into the flat areas around the cheeks to give them more volume. In addition, fat can be injected to soften deep facial creases, such as the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. The great benefit of a fat transfer is that it uses the patient’s own fat, so there’s no risk of rejection. Fat transfers are performed using local anesthesia with light sedation, and typically requires approximately 1 hour of procedure time. Visible signs of surgery (bruising and swelling) typically resolve within one to two weeks. Most patients can return to normal activities within 1 week.
Juvederm Voluma XC Dermal Filler
Dermal fillers can be used to add volume to the midface without the need for surgery. Juvederm Voluma XC is a hyaluronic acid based dermal filler that is designed to add volume beneath the skin’s surface to lift and contour the cheek area.
The treatment takes no longer than a half an hour, and the patient can leave shortly after it’s over. The effects of Voluma can last as long as two years.
A free consultation helps you and Dr. Boggess determine which treatment is right for your needs. To set up a consultation, don’t hesitate to contact Youthful Reflections.