What is Malar Augmentation?
Malar, or cheekbone augmentation is performed to enhance the appearance of facial symmetry by augmenting the cheekbones for more projection and facial harmony. For decades the only options were surgical, but with advancements in science, malar implants can now be done surgically or non-surgically. Surgical malar augmentation is performed by a facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Timothy Janiga with the placement of solid silicone implants for improved appearance and functionality. Malar implant surgery or surgical cheek augmentation is permanent. Non-surgical malar augmentation is done with fillers such as Juvéderm® Voluma or Restylane® Lyft in the office and only offers temporary improvement to facial features. Fillers are FDA-approved to last between 12-24 months around the malar bone depending on which product you choose.
Patients who want to create or restore desirable contouring of their face often choose facial implants or soft tissue augmentation from Janiga MDs as the simplest, most effective option available.
The surgical procedure is performed in a Reno outpatient surgery center by Dr. Timothy Janiga using general anesthesia. Small incisions are made in the mouth or lower eyelids. From here, the implant is placed into small pockets in the cheek tissue. The procedure takes approximately one to two hours, with an hour of recovery time.
The non-surgical procedure for cheek augmentation is performed in the office by Dr. Timothy Janiga, Dr. Jennifer Janiga or their associates by injecting a filler product like Voluma or Restylane Lyft after topical anesthesia for about 30 minutes.
Recovery & Results
Recovery from surgical malar augmentation includes mild swelling and bruising that last for 7 to 10 days. Dr. Janiga advises his patients who have undergone a malar augmentation to avoid work or strenuous activities for up to a week following the surgical procedure.
Recovery from non-surgical malar augmentation is less than the surgical option but you may have mild bruising and swelling from the injections for a few days.
You will see your results immediately with both procedures, but full results will be best after swelling subsides at about 10 days.
Schedule a Consultation
We evaluate patients who are interested in a malar augmentation in our Reno office. To arrange for a consultation with Dr. Timothy Janiga for surgical malar augmentation, or with Dr. Jennifer Janiga or their associates for non-surgical malar augmentation please send us an email or call 775-364-0224.