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Derma Fillers vs. Submalar Cheek Implants

faceThe most common Houston cosmetic surgery procedures are meant to renew or establish the so-called “triangle of beauty.” High cheekbones and a non-obtrusive jawline are the two facial traits that give people a youthful appearance because they make the face look more symmetrical. Most actors and models have high cheekbones.

For those of us who were not born with a triangle of beauty, there are numerous ways to enhance the appearance of your cheeks and lessen the telltale signs of growing older. Cheek augmentation via submalar implants is a popular type of Houston face lift. Another way to get the look is with dermal fillers. Fillers do not last as long as a surgical augmentation, but the procedure is less invasive. A Houston cosmetic surgeon can examine your face and let you know what type of cosmetic surgery would work best for you.

Young people typically have a full, plump face. With age, people lose the volume in their cheeks because their bodies make less collagen, which is a protein found in the second layer of skin called the dermis. Repetitive motions like smiling or frowning break down collagen. Since the body no longer produces as much collagen as you age, the cheeks appear flatter and not as full.

With adulthood, lifestyle choices and genetic predispositions will come into play as well. Smoking tobacco or spending long hours in bright sunlight will contribute to the aging process. The epidermis, which is the top layer of skin, makes less hyaluronic acid over time. Hyaluronic acid keeps your skin moisturized and soft. Wrinkles form due to the lowered amount of hyaluronic acid.

Juvderm Voluma XC is excellent for restoring your youthful, plump cheeks. It was accepted by the Food and Drug Administration in 2013, so it has been tested as a safe and effective treatment method. It contains a hyaluronic acid gel that adds volume to your cheeks. The effect can last for up to 24 months.

Cheek augmentation is a more permanent solution to the problem of sunken cheeks. The volume of the cheeks is enhanced with silicon implants. Your surgeon can recommend malar implants that are placed on the cheekbone or submalar implants that are beneath the cheekbone.

The decision to have cosmetic surgery should be carefully considered because it is a major procedure requiring general anesthesia. You may achieve the desired results with a dermal filler, which will enable you to forego surgery. Discuss your expectations with your surgeon. Good candidates for surgery include people who are healthy and do not smoke. These patients tend to recover from surgery more thoroughly and faster. Injections of dermal filler do not require a recuperative period, but augmentation usually takes about a week to heal. Therefore, your employment situation may play a role in deciding which type of procedure is best for you.

You will also need to curtail your activities during the recuperation from cheek augmentation. Vigorous exercise should be avoided for a few weeks. You can expect to experience swelling and discomfort in your cheeks as well.

Usually, your cosmetic surgeon will give you a prescription for a pain-killing medication that you can take during the initial recovery period following your surgery. The swelling in the cheek area may make you think your cheeks look too full, but that will diminish when the swelling subsides. At that point, you will be able to see the true results of your cheek augmentation surgery. You may need to sleep on a special pillow for a month after your surgery to keep pressure off the cheek area if you decide on augmentation. If you choose dermal fillers, the results will be evident within a few hours.

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