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Cheek Implants

In both men and women, fuller, “cherubim-looking” cheeks have always been associated with youth. Unfortunately, not everyone was granted full and high cheekbones at birth except, perhaps certain runway models. (Unless they also visited VISAGE Clinic already!)

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Let’s Be MORE Cheeky!

Several years ago, cheek implants became popular here in Toronto. But they were later partially eclipsed by the arrival of our hyaluronic fillers such as Restylane® and JUVÉDERM®. The newer, longer-lasting JUVÉDERM  products, VOLBELLA, VOLIFT, and VOLUMA, have also put a pause on the need for permanent cheek implants.

However, cheek implants are now making a comeback as male and female patients alike are looking for permanent solutions. We have many models and sizes of cheek implants, depending on the specific area of the cheeks to be augmented (anterior front cheeks, outer cheek bone, or both) and whether you are a man or woman.

Example of one type of cheek soft silicone implant – Implantech

Cheek implants are inserted via two intraoral upper gum incisions, and the implants are positioned and fixed to the bone itself, in the cheek area. In most cases, I use a very small screw in order to prevent migration. All stitches are internal and dissolving.

Some patient will also consider BUCCAL FAT PAD REMOVAL at the same time to really accentuate the angles of one’s face, as seen in runway models.  Others will add a chin implant or a temporal implant.

Cost varies slightly, depending on the types of implant chosen as well as the estimated time in surgery. Because they are already undergoing general anesthesia, many patients choose to add other procedures such as a chin implant, neck liposuction, buccal fat pad removal, or upper lid surgery.

Skull model


Recovery involves mild swelling and the occasional bruising.

  • Postoperative tenderness is minimal.

Cheek Implants FAQ

  • What are the common reasons for seeking cheek implants?

    The common reasons for seeking cheek implants include naturally flat or poorly defined cheekbones, facial asymmetry, or facial volume loss due to aging or other factors. Cheek implant surgery is one way to enhance the cheeks, along with dermal fillers and fat grafting.

  • How are cheek implants placed, and where are the incisions made?

    Cheek implants are usually placed through small incisions made inside the mouth or rarely through incisions made in the lower eyelids. The incisions are carefully hidden inside the mouth or rarely within the natural contours of the face to minimize visible scarring.

  • Will there be visible scarring after cheek implant surgery?

    As the incisions are made inside the mouth or within the lower eyelids, visible scarring on the facial skin is minimal or non-existent.

  • What is the recovery process like after cheek implant surgery?

    The recovery period after cheek implant surgery involves some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication and cold compresses. Patients are advised to follow the surgeon’s post-operative care instructions for a smooth recovery.

  • Are the results of cheek implants permanent?

    Cheek implant results are considered long-lasting and can significantly enhance facial contours. However, as the face naturally ages, some changes may occur over time. Cheek implants can help maintain a more youthful appearance, but they do not stop the aging process.

  • Can cheek implants be combined with other facial procedures?

    Yes, cheek implants can be combined with other facial procedures, such as rhinoplasty, chin implant or facelift, to achieve comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Dr. DuPéré will assess your unique facial features and goals to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses all your aesthetic concerns.

  • Are there any risks or complications associated with cheek implants?

    Cheek implant surgery is generally safe when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. DuPéré. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications, including infection, implant shifting, asymmetry or changes in sensation. Dr. DuPéré will discuss these risks with you during the consultation and take every precaution to ensure a safe and successful outcome.

  • How can I get started with cheek implants?

    To explore cheek implant options and determine if you are a suitable candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Marc DuPéré. During this appointment, you will discuss your concerns about facial contours and aesthetic goals, allowing Dr. DuPéré to recommend a personalized treatment plan that achieves beautifully enhanced cheekbones, enhancing your overall facial harmony and boosting your self-confidence.

Risks and Complications

Complications are very rare but can include asymmetry, displacement or rotation, visibility or palpability of the implants, capsular contracture, infection, sensory nerve injury, masseter muscle injury, wound healing problems, and hematoma (bleeding and bruising).

I always suggest that my patients first try augmenting their cheeks with fillers so I understand the “look” they are looking for. In doing so, patients participate in creating the final result as the effects of fillers are immediate. This first augmentation with fillers will guide me with recommending the correct model and size of cheek implants for my patients.