Cheek EnhancementSome people are born with strong cheekbones and don’t experience those age-related changes of “sunken cheeks,” or that hollow look in the mid-face, as quickly as those without good cheekbones. Cheek Enhancement is a procedure that raises the cheeks up to create a fresher, more refined, youthful appearance. Over time, we all experience subtle changes such as loss of facial definition making us look tired and older. Depending on each patient’s unique needs, Dr. Brian Maloney will select the most appropriate option to change the mid-face and cheek area.

In many cases, as we age, our cheeks may become thinner, look sunken or begin to sag. This can lead to permanent bags under the eyes and make the cheekbones less prominent. This, in turn, can create a fatigued or older appearance that may adversely impact self-confidence. In cases where a traditional Face Lift doesn’t fully address the upper cheek and lower eyelid areas, a Cheek Enhancement can help rejuvenate your appearance.

Candidates for Cheek Enhancement

The best candidates for Cheek Enhancement are patients who were born with weak cheeks or have lost volume in the cheek area due to aging. They also have realistic expectations of the procedure. Dr. Maloney will discuss your cosmetic goals to determine if Cheek Enhancement is the most appropriate procedure for you. He may recommend other procedures such as a Chin Implant or Rhinoplasty to give you the best possible results.

About the Procedure

To improve the overall appearance of the cheek area, Dr. Maloney may recommend Facial Fillers, a Mini Face Lift, or synthetic Cheek Implants.

  • Facial Fillers: Facial Fillers such as Sculptra®, Juvederm®, Restylane® and Restylane® Lyft provide instant, long lasting fullness in the cheek area and is prefect for patients who do not want to have surgery. This non-invasive option produces minimal discomfort and reverses the signs of “facial wasting.” Learn more+
  • Facial Fat Transfer:  Harvested body fat is refined and re-injected into various areas of the face to fill in contour irregularities such as the cheeks. This procedure is minimally invasive and provides long lasting results. Learn more+
  • Mid-Face Lift: A Mid-Face Lift involves inserting Cheek Implants to restore fullness to your eye and cheek areas. This procedure also raises the outside ends of the eyebrows and softens the deep lines that run from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth (nasolabial folds). The result is a more rested, alert and youthful appearance. Learn more+
  • Cheek Implants: Cheek Implants are made of synthetic materials that augment the cheek bone, offering recontouring of the cheek area. During this procedure, after giving you anesthesia, Dr. Maloney will place the implants carefully over your cheekbone. Depending on your desired results, he may go through small incisions in your mouth, or he may use a discrete lower eyelid incision if you want eyelid rejuvenation. He’ll secure the implants either with snug pockets or by attaching them securely to your soft tissue or bone. Learn more+

After the procedure is completed, your recovery will depend on whether you’ve elected to have other procedures performed at the same time. If you only chose a Cheek Lift, then you can remain lightly active for the rest of the day, although your upper lip may feel numb. You may have to follow a soft diet, and your cheeks may feel a bit sore or swollen. You may be advised to avoid trauma to the cheeks for 6 weeks during recovery.

Additional Face & Neck Procedures


People from all over the greater Atlanta area look to Dr. Maloney to help them achieve optimal health and enhanced aesthetics. The staff of the Maloney Center is well trained in the latest cosmetic surgery techniques. They strive to make sure each patient has a comfortable experience and that their individual needs are met.