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Why Cheek Implants are Enjoying an Increase in Popularity

Jan 19, 2024
Why Cheek Implants are Enjoying an Increase in Popularity
Poems, odes, and songs have long celebrated high cheekbones in both men and women. If you want cheeks that stand proud and full, the good news is that we can accomplish exactly that with cheek implants.

While beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, certain features  — in both men and women — undeniably enhance one’s appearance, and high cheekbones are at, or near, the top of the list.

High cheekbones have long been celebrated as a favorable attribute in humans, and today, anyone can achieve this chiseled look thanks to innovative facial implants. This realization is catching on in the United States as cheek implants have seen a 150% increase from pre-COVID (2019) levels to 2022.

To explain why facial implants are so popular, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Zelken, who heads up the namesake practice, Jonathan Zelken, MD, presents the following information.

Why cheek implants?

High cheekbones have long been highly sought-after facial attributes. It used to be that if you weren’t born with enviably high cheekbones, your only option was to make them appear more prominent with makeup.

Thanks to facial enhancement procedures, such as dermal fillers, fat grafting, and facial implants, we can now help you achieve some very lofty cosmetics goals, including prominent cheekbones.

Aside from making up for a genetic lack of cheekbone, our clients come to us for cheek implants to:

  • Restore bone volume lost due to aging 
  • Address sunken cheeks due to weight loss
  • Achieve more permanent results than dermal fillers or fat grafting

Whatever your reasons, we’re confident that we can deliver the cheekbones of your dreams with our innovative cheek implants.

Cheek implants for every cosmetic goal

Dr. Zelken has long relied on a leading manufacturer of facial implants — Stryker®. This company creates off-the-shelf facial implants and customized implants to meet nearly every aesthetic goal.

When it comes to cheek or malar implants, as they’re medically known, we like to use those made from porous polyethylene, which integrates exceptionally well with your existing bone since they allow bony ingrowth.

These cheek implants come in different sizes and shapes, and they all allow us to make final alterations with a scalpel before we attach the implant to your malar bone.

So, if you want very high cheekbones, we can order more sizable implants. If you’re looking for a more subtle enhancement, cheek implants come in super petite sizes.

In fact, we can customize your facial implants so that they address your cheekbones and the area under your eye to give your face even more fullness.

The Stryker implants are very easy for us to anchor into place — Dr. Zelken secures them with just two small screws.

Another important benefit of these implants is that they’re designed to enhance your natural features but not interfere with your facial anatomy. For example, each malar implant has a notch at the bottom to accommodate the nerve that provides sensory information for your face.

For a more detailed look at facial implants, we invite you to watch this informative video hosted by Dr. Zelken himself.

Enhancing your face in little time

Since the cheek implants we use are easy to place, we can perform your facial enhancement surgery on an outpatient basis, which means you’re free to return home the same day.

We ask that you get someone to drive you, and we also recommend that you take it easy for a few days after the procedure and follow our aftercare instructions to the letter.

If you’d like to learn more about cheek implants and how they can enhance your appearance, please call our office in Newport Beach, California, at (949) 432-4730. Or, you can use our online booking tool to request a consultation.