Cheek Lift Overview
Over the years, there have been several cheek lift surgical techniques to restore the volume and shape of cheeks, which have been lost to the aging process. Seattle area plastic surgeon, Dr. Marosan, can contour the cheeks for a more youthful appearance through repositioning facial tissue or fat grafting. With tissue repositioning, a small incision is made so Dr. Marosan can go into the treatment area to suspend the tissue for a more lifted look. The cheeks can either be transformed during a facelift or in a separate procedure depending on the patient’s condition and goals.
With micro fat grafting, a small amount of fat can be removed from another part of the body like the abdomen or hips and injected into the cheeks for a natural look and feel. Since the patient's own fat is used, the body won't reject it. Regardless of the technique used, patients will benefit with more defined, sculpted cheeks for a younger-looking appearance.
Cheek Lift Surgical Technique
Endoscopy is a popular method used to reposition sagging cheeks. Small incisions, less than an inch long, are placed near the ear or hairline. These incisions allow the surgeon to insert and utilize a tiny camera positioned at the end of a small tube. Once the inside of the cheek area is visible, the surgeon performs a repositioning and suturing technique of the malar pad just underneath the skin. With a subtle lift, volume is regained on the cheekbones, and the pockets below the eyes are also diminished. This technique takes pressure off of the nasolabial folds, or the laugh lines, which helps soften the lines around the mouth. This effort results in a refreshed, more youthful appearance.
"Tummy Tuck, Brazilian Butt Lift and Lipo by Dr. Marosan - It’s been over 4 months since my triple-surgery. I’ve been enjoying tight little dresses, leggings, bikinis and short skirts like a teenager! Dr Marosan did a great job and I recommend him and his team to those who are considering cosmetic surgery. I would send my family to him. It took me 9 years of hesitation and mistrust interviewing various physicians before I finally met Dr. Marosan and moved forward with the surgery! The primary reason I chose Dr. Marosan over other physicians was that he places his tummy tuck incisions low. No other doctor gave me that option. My scar is WAY below the bikini line and is touching my pubic zone. Other moms that I know who had it done have their scars higher than mine. Also, Tummy Tuck is a major surgery. You want to make sure you are in good hands. Dr. Marosan and his team did an excellent job taking care of me. I received courtesy from the day one and support and compassion throughout the recovery -- emails, courtesy phone calls, multitude post-op visits. Dani, Lauri, Sarah and Dr. George were super nice. I’m very pleased with the overall service that I’ve received!"- T. / RealSelf / Feb 19, 2020
"The Best High-def Liposuction Expert in the Seattle Area - Dr. Marosan provided me with an excellent abdomen, love handles, back. He's an absolute expert and understand body conturing, natural anatomy, scar management and placement. My results are natural, slim, cut (but not too much, naturally cut) and I am very pleased with his attention to details and expertise. His staff is extremely attentive and capable. I apologize that I am unable ti share images. My privacy is important."- T. / RealSelf / Dec 02, 2019
"I love this Doctor and his Team. 5 star. Highly Recommended. I have had three different procedures done. Dr. Marosan is not only the best in body procedures but facial surgeries as well. It's my third year and i kept coming back. Their price is competitive and better compared to others of the same field. The location is great free parking lots of parking. High-end clinic. I enjoyed my surgery from beginning to end. Most importantly, i enjoyed the results which is more important to me than anything. He delivers. Such a talented and artistic doctor. I have been telling everyone. I am very grateful. I am so lucky i found this doctor and his team took really good care of me from beginning to end. Highly recommended."- S.I. / Yelp / Aug 26, 2019
"37 Yr Old Fit Mom of 3. Bellevue, WA - Dr. Marosan is the best of the best. My results are over-the-top amazing."- F. / RealSelf / Feb 13, 2016
"Bullhorn lip lift/subnasal lip lift - I definitely look younger! - 5 star review for Dr.Marosan and his team! My expectation is low and realistic but the result is unbelievably astonishing. Not only it exceeded my expectation, it also has given me this satisfaction that only a very talented artistic doctor can provide. I mean the bang for your buck. I feel really lucky to have found this doctor. This is my third year going to Dr. Marosan. I have been coming back every year Lol. I thought he is only great with body procedures. He is very talented and artistic with my face. He sees what i am envisioning and then gave me a surprise Lol He gives more than expected maybe as long as we are realistic and logical. I am not saying he is a magician. Sorry this is getting too long i am just very appreciative of how subtle procedure can make an outstanding difference in ones appearance. I definitely look younger! I feel younger than my age to be honest so now i look exactly how i feel. Thank you Dr. Marosan!"- A. / RealSelf / Aug 18, 2019
Cheek Lift During/After Surgery
Cheek lift surgery is performed using intravenous sedation anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure that lasts for about 1 to 2 hours in our accredited surgical facility. Swelling and bruising are possible after the surgery. There will be a tight sensation around the face area, which eventually disappears as the reattached fat pad settles on its new position. Patients do not need to be anxious or worried that the results will appear fake or “plastic.” Skilled facial surgeons are able to create natural outcomes with beautiful results. Keep in mind it can take up to 6 months for the final results to appear.
Cheek Lift FAQs
Yes, an injectable filler is a great nonsurgical option that can offer nice results. While fillers are a good alternative, the results produced are not as dramatic as with surgery, nor will they last as long. In addition, if the patient is concerned with loose and sagging skin, a filler treatment is not ideal as it only adds volume and will not produce the lifted look a mid-face lift can effectively do. Fillers are good options to add volume and smoothen wrinkles. During the initial consultation, we will be able to recommend the best procedure for the patient’s case.
Lift or Augmentation?
This clearly depends on the tissue volume present within the cheek area. A cheek lift is ideal for those with enough cheek volume, but repositioning is needed as the fat pad is already droopy, oftentimes caused by aging. A cheek augmentation or implant is recommended for those who do not have enough tissue underneath the cheeks to achieve better proportional facial features.
It takes several months for optimal results from a cheek lift to show. Initially, the patient will have tight and pulling sensations on the face as the skin and tissues adjust to their new position. It is important to note that finding a surgeon with the necessary skill set is critical. A surgeon who specializes in facial cosmetic surgery understands the confines of the face so that any enhancement looks natural.
Will There Be Scars?
With endoscopy, scars will be minimal and inconspicuous since the incisions made are less than an inch. Sometimes, the incisions are concealed within the hairline or along the natural creases of the face. With a cheek lift, the sutures are underneath the skin in which the fat pad is attached to the bone where it will heal in its new position. Wound care instructions are provided to assist patients in the healing process.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Next Day
- Procedure Recovery Location