High cheekbones are seen as a sign of beauty. Just look at women like Angelina Jolie and Kate Moss. As women tend to have fuller cheeks than men, they are seen as a sign of femininity. They radiate health and youth – as you can see in these photos.
Some people don’t have high cheekbones, and others may have had high cheekbones in the past but they have become flatter over the years. Whatever the issue, we have a solution: facial feminization surgery. More specifically, cheek augmentation with implants or lipofilling. We enlarge your cheeks to make you look youthful and healthy again.
Curious to find out what we can do for you?
There are two ways to perform cheek augmentation: fat grafting (where fat is taken from another part of your body, usually the abdomen, thighs or hips) or implants (if you don’t have enough fat).
At 2pass Clinic we use Medpor implants. Dr Bart van de Ven has performed cheek augmentation surgery on many transgender women. He prefers to use Medpor implants because they provide the best long-term results. This is because Medpor implants have an open structure, which promotes native tissue in-growth. This means that the implant stays in the right place and the risk of encapsulation, displacement or infection is very low.
If you naturally have enough fat, you can opt for cheek augmentation using fat grafting or lipofilling. In this procedure, liposuction is performed in your abdominal area, thighs or hips. The fat is then injected into your cheeks. 50% of the injected fat will remain in this position permanently. The rest is absorbed by your body. As such, the procedure may need to be repeated after six months so as to achieve the desired result. Lipofilling isn’t suitable for all transwomen. Dr Van de Ven will find the best solution with you.
The benefits of lipofilling
Cheek augmentation using implants requires surgery. But what does cheek augmentation surgery actually entail?
Cheek augmentation surgery takes 30 minutes to an hour and takes place under general anaesthesia. If you choose this procedure, you don’t have to worry about scars. The incision is made in your mouth, in the gum above your upper teeth. The Medpor implants are shaped according to your preference and then positioned behind the jaw muscles, where your cheekbones are located. They are fastened using small screws so that they remain firmly in place and the tissue has a chance to grow around them.
The incision in your mouth is closed after surgery using dissolvable stitches – so they will disappear on their own. We recommend that you rinse your mouth with mouthwash two to three times a day. You will be given this mouthwash after your surgery. It helps keep your mouth free of bacteria and heal the wound. The stitches will have completely dissolved after about two weeks.
You will also experience the usual side effects of an operation:
Still not sure if you want cheek augmentation using lipofilling or implants? Then make an appointment with Dr Van de Ven. He will find the best solution for you during a personal consultation. Check out a few ‘before and after’ photos of cheek augmentation procedures performed at 2pass Clinic.
Of course you are always welcome for a consultation.
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