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Cheek Augmentation Implants vs. Dermal FillersYou have probably heard of facial implants and fillers if you have ever considered getting a cosmetic procedure for improving your facial appearance. Both fillers and implants help in changing the facial appearance by making the face look more plumper, fuller, and youthful. Both are safe and effective procedures. Your personal preferences will determine the better option for you.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eugene Kim provides cheek implants surgery as well as dermal filler cheek rejuvenation to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding locations.

Facial Fillers

Dermal fillers are gel compounds that are injected in the face by a provider. You won’t need to have any surgery performed for achieving your aesthetic ambitions. Results can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. Fillers work to make the face appear fuller and plumper unlike Botox injections that work to soften wrinkles by preventing muscles from moving.

Cheek Implants

Cheek implants are either made of silicone or another safe material and is placed under the mid-face by a plastic surgeon during surgery. Cheek implants play a major role in altering facial contours and appearance. They help in permanently enhancing your features. They are useful in improving facial balance by developing high cheekbones.

Plastic Surgery (Implants) vs. Dermal Fillers

These are a few things to consider while deciding between getting cheek augmentation cosmetic surgery or dermal fillers injection treatment.

Number of Treatment Sessions

This is the biggest difference between getting dermal fillers and implants. You will need a one-time surgery with implants, such as jawline and cheek implants. However, with dermal fillers you would require more than a single treatment session. Most patients that get dermal fillers, require 2 – 5 sessions. Certain fillers last longer than others. You may need 1 – 2 treatments every year if you get lip fillers.

Longevity of Results

Length of the results is a major difference between fillers and facial implants. Facial implants last forever whereas fillers will dissolve within 6 months to 2 years.

Length of the Procedure

Fillers and facial implants are both fairly quick procedures. However, fillers can be administered in just 10 minutes whereas facial implant surgery can last 1 – 3 hours. This depends on the type of implant you get.


Cheek implants require surgery and your surgeon will sedate you before inserting them. You may want to choose fillers if you are not too sure about being put to sleep.

Time of Recovery

Recovery time in case of fillers is just a few hours. However, recovery time after having a facial filler inserted is longer. Patients may need 3 – 6 weeks to recover before they are completely healed.

Correcting the Results

Generally, people that get implants or fillers want the results to last forever. In case you want to reverse the results of facial implants, you can have another surgery for removing them. You will have to wait for the effect of fillers to go away on their own.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Eugene Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and nearby areas for cheek augmentation surgery and facial filler injectables.

Contact the Office of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. Eugene Kim

Click here see more plastic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Eugene Kim on patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, CA and surrounding areas or call 310-271-6996 to schedule a consultation.

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