Cheek Implants
As we age, the bone structure of our faces actually shrinks, leading to less prominent cheek bones. Gravitational forces and repetitive facial movements cause our cheek tissues to sometimes drop, causing deep grooves to develop. The end result is a loss of a youthful heart-shaped face and less prominent cheek bones. In addition, the soft tissues under our eyes can descend, creating unattractive dark circles.
Areas of Improvement
Cheeks, midface
Results will last
This is a permanent change
Recovery Time
7-10 days
Recovery Process
Swelling is expected much like having dental work for 7-10 days. Temporary numbness of the cheek and upper lip may last for several days.

There are several cosmetic options available to correct mid-facial aging. Early changes can be temporarily stopped with synthetic dermal fillers or addressed with a fat transfer to your face. More advanced signs of aging may be better solved with a mid-face lift surgical procedure or with cheek implants. The latter option (cheek implants) provides a truly permanent enhancement.


Cheek implants are a semi-soft rubberized material which are naturally shaped to rejuvenate the cheek and mid-facial area. They come in a number of different shapes and sizes depending on the specific needs of the patient. The midface can be divided into zones; the malar zone (for high cheek bones); the submalar zone (for the area under the cheek bone) and the tear trough (the area immediately under the lower eyelid). Implants are made to augment each of these zones in small, medium, large and extra large sizes. At your consultation Dr. Sullivan will help identify your areas of concern. Provided cheek implants are the best option for the results you’re expecting, he will recommend the appropriate size.

Cheek implants are solid materials placed directly on the bone surface to create a fuller appearance. They are usually placed through a hidden incision inside the mouth or inside the lower eyelid. No visible incisions are necessary.

Cheek implants are permanent and are difficult to feel through the face once the healing process has finished. Most patients choose to undergo a brief general anesthetic for comfort during the placement of the implants.

Cheek Implants Post-Op Results

You will experience some swelling after cheek implants are placed. This can be minimized by following the post-operative instructions closely, limiting activity, and maintaining cool compresses on the cheeks for a few days. The swelling will disappear after one to two weeks. Pain is rare after this type of surgery, and most patients just describe some general tenderness.

Cheek Implant Risks

Cheek implants are a synthetic material therefore like any implant, run the risk of infection. The risk of infection is quite small particularly if patients are on perioperative antibiotics. Signs of infection are persistent swelling, redness and pain. Higher doses of antibiotics will often save the implant but when these symptoms persist the implant should be removed and can be replaced at a later time.

The implants are made of an inert material; therefore there isn’t a risk of an allergic reaction. If the implant shifts its position during healing, they may appear asymmetrical. A second procedure maybe necessary to correct this problem. The infraorbital nerve which supplies sensation to the cheek and upper teeth can be stretched during the placement of the implants. This may lead to temporary or permanent numbness of the cheeks and possibly upper teeth.

The risk of complications with cheek implants are rare. It’s important for patients to be fully aware of the risks. One way to minimize your risks is to consult with an experienced Facial Plastic Surgeon.

How much are Cheek Implants in Columbus, Ohio?

The total average fee for a cheek implant procedure is about $5300. An exact quote will be given upon consultation and examination.

The Sullivan Difference

We are passionate about helping you achieve your goals. We are not here to simply sell you a new product or service. Our prescriptive skin care approach provides you with a highly-customized solution that meet your specific needs. Dr. Michael Sullivan, an internationally renowned plastic surgeon with more than 30 years of experience, will evaluate you, listen to your concerns, and then guides you to the optimal treatment regimen. Our skin care specialist will serve as your personal concierge throughout the process to answer your questions, address your concerns, and teach you how to properly care for your skin.

The specific risk and possible complications as they relate to cheek implants will be discussed at your initial consultation.
Dr. Michael Sullivan of Sullivan Centre in Worthington, Ohio did an excellent job. His staff was very professional, and the doctor is very accessible in answering any concerns and questions. Masterly done.
Cheek Implants
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