When it comes to cheek enhancement, many patients in the Chicago area opt for silicone inserts or injections of dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid. Another alternative for cheek augmentation is the patient’s own fat. This natural option is known as a fat transfer, and it could work for you. The fat is harvested from another part of the body during a simple liposuction procedure, purified, and then used to plump out the patient’s cheeks. Because it is the patient’s own tissue, there’s no risk of rejection.
Who is a Candidate for a Fat Transfer?
A good candidate for fat transfer cheek augmentation is a person who is in good overall health but has cheeks that are sagging or hollow, maybe because of age, genetics, or trauma. They should have realistic expectations when it comes to the surgery, the recovery, and the results.
People who might not be good candidates are those in Chicago who have a chronic and serious disease, have an infection, or whose body has trouble metabolizing fats. A patient who’s very thin might not have enough fat on their body for a fat transfer. You won’t know for sure about your candidacy until you come in for a consultation with us at aFresh® Med Spa & Plastic Surgery.
The Procedure and Recovery
The patient needs to have liposuction before the fat can be injected into their cheeks and/or other areas of the face. The fat is most often taken from the abdomen or thighs. It’s then purified, and the patient is prepared for the injection.
Right after the fat transfer treatment, it is normal for the patient to have some swelling both in their cheeks and in the area where they had the liposuction. The patient can return to work and normal activities at a time prescribed by our doctor.
Visit Us for More Information on Fat Transfer Procedures
If your cheeks look sunken or if they sag, cheek augmentation with your own fat may be an option. A fat transfer procedure is especially worth looking into if you were already considering liposuction to remove unwanted fat from another part of your body. With this procedure, our team at aFresh® Med Spa & Plastic Surgery can enhance the face, breasts, hands, butt, and more! Contact us today to book an appointment at our office in Glenview. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals for your appearance!