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Cheek Augmentation



Sunken or hollow cheeks may make you seem significantly older than you are, and no one wishes to look older than their true age. At SBA Dermatology & Plastic Surgery, Dr. Ryan Couvillion performs nonsurgical cheek augmentation to improve volume and lift. The use of fillers can be used to restore an aesthetic balance to the face through the adjustment of contours. During your initial consultation, Dr. Couvillion can discuss the pros and cons in detail and what will best match your goals. Call our office in Houston, TX to schedule an appointment and find out how nonsurgical cheek augmentation may help you attain a fuller, younger-looking appearance.


The best patients for nonsurgical cheek enhancement are men and women who:

  • Want a fuller mid-face
  • Have lost volume in their cheeks with age
  • Have lost a significant amount of weight, resulting in sagging cheeks
  • Have an imbalance in their mid-face from a congenital defect, a physical condition, or an injury
  • Have overall good health

Hyaluronic Acid fillers are a good choice for men and women who are looking for an improvement that can be provided with minimal downtime.  Fat grafting can be used for the same purpose, but is a more invasive procedure and is more commonly combined with another procedure, like a facelift.

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Before your procedure, Dr. Couvillion will complete a thorough exam to create a customized treatment plan that is best for your unique facial structure. In your consultation, you can decide on the amount of correction desired.

Injectable dermal fillers will be performed at our Houston, TX office as an outpatient treatment in about 20 – 30 minutes. With fillers, the injection sites will be cleaned and marked along the mid-face. Next, the dermal filler will be gently injected into the cheeks and massaged to fill the needed areas. You can leave immediately after the treatment and get back to your normal, non-strenuous activities.


With dermal fillers, your face can be tender with mild inflammation for around 3 – 5 days. Ice packs and nonprescription pain medication may be used to ease any discomfort. Some results are usually visible immediately, but the final result takes 1 – 2 weeks. Follow-up treatments will be needed as dermal fillers are short-term treatments and last from 1 - 2 years, depending on the patient.  It is recommended that no strenuous activity be performed for about 48 hours after the placement of the filler.


How much does cheek augmentation cost?

Getting connected with the right injector can be invaluable. Depending on the method of augmentation you choose to have during your consultation with SBA Dermatology & Plastic Surgery, the costs of your procedure can vary. After the consultation and treatment planning session, our patient coordinator will go over the fee schedule with you.

What type of dermal fillers do you use for injections?

When selecting synthetic dermal fillers for your cheeks, Dr. Couvillion does have a preference. For many years, we have had reliable, consistent results from the Juvéderm product line of dermal fillers, particularly Voluma, for the cheeks. As a formulation of hyaluronic acid, Voluma can enhance the cheeks by filling in sunken, hollow areas beneath the surface of your skin. This is a temporary solution for volume loss or for the appearance of having higher cheekbones.

What if I have an asymmetrical face?

Everyone has an asymmetric face!  As Dr. Couvillion always tells patients, "If you have 2 of something, they are different."  It is natural to think that not having a mirror-like reflection of both sides of your face is an abnormality. If you are concerned that your facial asymmetry is unattractive or that you do not have a balance to your overall facial appearance because of the volume or height of your cheekbones, you can schedule a consultation to have Dr. Couvillion assess your options. If you are considering filler to make your cheekbones the same height or even higher, please call today to schedule your appointment.

Can I have a fat grafting performed to fill in my cheeks?

Yes. In fact, Dr. Couvillion uses fat grafting techniques for the restoration of volume in the soft tissues of the face and around the orbits. Using your own fat can create a more youthful shape to your face and may even feel more natural to the touch than a temporary dermal filler. To determine if a fat grafting procedure is right for you, we recommend setting up an appointment with our office for an exam and consultation.


Has your mid-face lost its contours with age or after significant weight loss? Contact our office in Houston, TX, and schedule a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion to learn about your options to restore the contours of your face. You can transform your appearance with cheek augmentation at SBA Dermatology & Plastic Surgery.

When it comes to aesthetic plastic surgery, it's important to choose a dedicated surgeon who is committed to your desired surgical goals. To meet with our double board-certified plastic surgeon, Ryan Couvillion, MD and his team, call our office at 713-850-0240.