Cheek Lift & Fillers in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert and surrounding AZ cities

A strong cheek structure can have a positive influence on your facial appearance. High, full cheeks not only provide balance and define your face, but they also usually seen as a sign of beauty. Due to the gravity, weight loss or the aging process, many of us lose fat and collagen in the cheek region. This can leave the tissue over the cheekbone saving, resulting in a flat, less shapely visage. Many patients who choose this procedure have a gaunt, hollowed or tired appearance due to loss of volume on the cheeks.
Scottsdale and Gilbert, AZ surgeon, Dr. Jude LaBarbera performs cheek augmentation to help his patients achieve an appealing, youthful appearance. Depending on the patient’s preferences, and the desired cosmetic goals, Dr. LaBarbera may use cheek implants to recover youthful facial contours. This entails placing a soft silicone gel implant into the cheek via the mouth. This surgery not only helps decrease the visible effect of wrinkles and laugh lines around the mouth but also takes years off the face. For patients, who prefer a non-surgical approach, Dr. LaBarbera will use injectable fillers such as Juvederm Voluma XC. Countless men and women who received a cheek augmentation in Gilbert, Phoenix, and surrounding AZ areas are happy with Dr. LaBarbera’s work.

Ideal Candidates for Cheek Augmentation

Cheek augmentation is common with men and women of all ages. The procedure may be performed to achieve various cosmetic goals:

  • Restore cheeks to a full, high and youthful-looking position
  • Correct facial asymmetry
  • Restore lost facial volume within the cheek region
  • Improve the appearance of a gaunt, thin face
  • Reduce the appearance of jowls
  • Correct mid-facial flatness
  • Improve the balance of facial contours

Patients considering cheek augmentation are required to be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the outcome of this procedure. During your initial consultation, Dr. LaBarbera will listen to your concern, discuss available treatment options, and recommend the best way forward.


Cosmetic surgeons have various treatment options for cheek augmentation. Dr. LaBarbera will select the best method based on the cosmetic goals and concerns of the patient.

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are often the choice for patients who need a permanent cheek augmentation. Implants come in all sizes and shapes, and can easily match a patient’s enhancement desires. The surgeon will perform a digital analysis of the patient’s face, then consider the most ideal shape and size of the implant. Once the most appropriate implant is selected, pockets will be created directly against the cheekbone. Since they are safer and do not leak, the kind of silicone implants used in cheek augmentation is way better than silicone gel implants used in breast augmentation.

Injectable fillers

The cosmetic surgeon may use hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that naturally occurs in the body’s connective tissue. An injectable filler will be used to add volume to the cheeks and mid-face. This is the most popular option for patients who prefer a non-surgical approach. The only drawback is that fillers only create a temporary result and patients need a re-injection every 6-12 months to maintain their newly found cosmetic look.

Porous polyethylene

This is another common implant option that is placed in the exact same way as silicone implants. The main difference is that the material is porous, and thus conforms to the cheek’s internal contouring. Porous polyethylene implants also tend to better attach to the cheekbone and allows tissue to continue growing through it, further enhancing the aesthetic result. Perhaps the main disadvantage with this approach is that these implants are quite hard to remove (should the patient want it removed).

Fat Transfer

Some patients may prefer to have their own fat tissue (extracted from another part of the body) used in the augmentation. The surgeon will use liposuction to extract fat deposits from areas of the body where there’s excess fat. After purification, this fat is then re-injected into the cheeks using a special device. Since part may be absorbed by the body (over time) this option works similarly to injectable fillers and does not create a permanent result.

Before & After Photos

The LaBarbera clinic is a full-service plastic, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgery practice offering a broad range of procedures to enhance your natural beauty and take your confidence to the next level. We go the extra mile to make each patient comfortable and our surgical team works together to achieve results as dramatic or as subtle as you desire. Dr. Jude LaBarbera takes great pride sharing in each patient’s vision and working diligently to help each one of them feel more attractive, confident, and vivacious than ever before. If you are wondering whether plastic surgery with Dr. Jude LaBarbera can help reach your goals, see our before and after photos from patients who are already living with their results.


Cheek augmentation is usually performed as an outpatient procedure at an accredited facility. Anesthesia will be used to keep the patient comfortable, and the entire procedure takes 1-3 hours to complete. Patients may experience some swelling, bruising and numbness after the procedure, but these side effects disappear within a week or so. Patients can see the outcome immediately after the procedure, but it may take up to a few months for the final results to manifest.

Plan your procedure

The average cost of cheek augmentation varies depending on the surgical approach used. In some cases, the cost of cheek implants may go up to $10,000. While injectable fillers may seem like an affordable option to start with, their long-term cost can exceed that of cheek augmentation surgery (implant augmentation). Insurance typically does not cover this procedure and patients need to make their own financial arrangements.

Average Cost


Procedure Time
1 – 3 Hours
Recovery Time
1 – 2 Weeks
Not Covered

Cheek Augmentation FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best cheek augmentation approach?

Different patients make different surgical choices. For individuals who don’t want to have surgery, or do not have time to recover after surgery, the obvious choice is fat transfer or injectable fillers. The main drawback for these alternatives is that they lead to temporary results. Patients who have injections need to repeat them every 6 or so months to maintain the results. If you are bent on a permanent cheek augmentation, then implants remain the best solution.

Are the results natural?

Many patients experience a tight and stretched sensation on their face following cheek augmentation cosmetic procedure. However, this sensation disappears as the implants settle into place. To get the best results from your augmentation, work with a highly experienced surgeon who has delivered for dozens of other patients before you.

Will there be visible scars?

Dr. Jude LaBarbera makes incisions within the mouth, or below the upper lip. For this reason, scars resulting from cheek implants are not visible.

Jude LaBarbera MD Plastic Surgery of Scottsdale & Gilbert has provided this website for informational purposes only. This website does not constitute formal medical advice. Please contact our office to schedule your plastic surgery consultation to further discuss your medical needs. Serving Gilbert, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, and other surrounding cities in Arizona, including Paradise Valley, Chandler, and Mesa AZ.