Cheek Implants

Cheek Augmentation

A gaunt appearance or cheeks that appear sunken can be remedied with a cheek implant procedure performed by Tucson plastic surgeon Dr. Alfaro. By inserting implants into the cheeks, Dr. Alfaro is able to help patients realize cheeks that are fuller.

In effect, full cheeks can help you look younger and healthier. Though Dr. Alfaro also offers injectable fillers to add volume to areas of the face, implants are the only means to achieve lasting fullness.

What to Expect During Cheek Implants

What is it?

Cheek implants are inserted by your plastic surgeon to give your cheeks a youthful fullness and improve the harmony of your facial features.



Surgery time:

under 1 hour

Recovery time:

1-2 weeks

How Cheek Implants Work

For your cheek implant procedure in Tucson, Dr. Alfaro's anesthesiologist will administer a general anesthetic so you sleep through the procedure. In some cases, a local anesthetic with sedation may be used.

To begin, Dr. Alfaro will make a small incision either inside your mouth or in your lower eyelid. Either incision will be minimal and in a location not visible to others. Using this incision, Dr. Alfaro will make a pocket for the implant and place it there. Once it has been placed, Dr. Alfaro will affix the implant with surgical screws or sutures. He will then close the incision using fine sutures and apply a surgical dressing.


When you leave Dr. Alfaro's practice, the results of your procedure will already be visible. You may, however, experience some swelling for a few days. It will be important to keep your head elevated for a couple of days. Applying an ice pack can help control swelling and any possible bruising.

If he makes an interoral incision, Dr. Alfaro will give you instructions for oral hygiene, which will help avoid possible infection of the incisions. You may also wish to adhere to a soft diet for a few days to improve your comfort.

After a few weeks, most of the swelling should have dissipated and you will be able to see the full effects of your cheek implant surgery. Your cheeks will have taken on a more youthful volume and you should appear healthier.

Scheduling Cheek Implant Surgery in Tucson

You do not need to live with a sunken appearance in your cheeks and midface. We encourage you to contact the practice of Tucson plastic surgeon Dr. Alfaro to learn about your options for cheek implant in his state of the art office surgical facility. You can call our practice today at (520) 323-9720 to set up your consultation.