Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DOES CHEEK ENHANCEMENT WORK?
Cheek augmentation is an effective, non-surgical, and minimally invasive option for those who wish to have more volume in the cheekbone area and enhance their overall facial contour and balance. Because the cheek area is augmented with an injectable dermal filler, the results are more natural, require little down-time, and have a low incidence of side-effects. Additionally, because no general anesthesia is required the client may control her/his outcome by looking in a handheld mirror and providing feedback to Dr. Vafa throughout the procedure.
Dr. Vafa prefers to use either the Radiesse or Juvederm dermal fillers for this procedure. Both fillers are FDA approved, and hypoallergenic. Juvederm has the benefit of being a reversible filler. During your free initial consultation, Dr. Vafa will determine which filler is ideal for you and your desired results.
The temporary fillers in the cheek last 12-18 months. You can most likely return to your normal activities in a few days after the swelling subsides.
*results can vary based on individual conditions
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR CHEEK ENHANCEMENT?
Men and women who desire to have more defined cheeks are all candidates for this procedure.
IS ANESTHESIA USED DURING CHEEK ENHANCEMENT COSMETIC PROCEDURE?
Yes, your cheeks will be numbed so that you feel no or minimal discomfort. Usually, a topical anesthetic is used, as well as lidocaine, to numb the cheek during the injection. You can most likely return to your normal activities in a few days after the swelling subsides.
WHAT DOES CHEEK ENHANCEMENT FEEL LIKE?
The filler is injected into the cheek and can be painful so anesthesia and pain medications are often used. After the cheek enhancement procedure, you may experience some pain and swelling. This usually lasts a few days and in rare cases, the swelling and redness can persist for up to two weeks. You can most likely return to your normal activities in a few days after the swelling subsides.
HOW LONG DOES THE CHEEK ENHANCEMENT PROCEDURE TAKE?
The cheek enhancement procedure can take from five to thirty minutes, depending on the size and shape of area being treated.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Your cheek will be fuller after the procedure because of the swelling and the filler. You will see the results of the filler alone in a few days after the swelling has subsided.The temporary fillers in the cheek last 12-18 months.
WHO PERFORMS THE PROCEDURES?
Dr. Vafa is a board certified physician specializing in the use of Botox Cosmetics, Dysport, Xeomin, Sculptra, Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, Perlane, Boletero, Radiesse, Kybella, Cosmetic Laser Procedures, Radio-Wave Surgery, Smartlipo and the treatment of acne and facial aesthetics. Dr. Vafa performs thousands of aesthetics procedures yearly, making him one of a handful of physicians in New York who has been awarded a Diamond Level Provider designation from Allergan - a level designated to a select number of physicians providing over 100,000 units of Botox Cosmetic treatments and/or over 2000 filler procedures per year. He was awarded the Chairman Level Provider designation which is the highest level provider for Galderma, the makers of Sculptra, Dysport and Restylane and also a Black Level Premier Injector designation by Merz Aesthetics. His work is often referred to as “the downtown look” by his patients- referring to a natural look that does not appear overdone yet yields amazing results*. Dr. Vafa is also an accomplished painter and sculptor whose work was exhibited in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Vancouver, among other cities. Click here for a complete bio of Dr. Vafa.