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Cheek Augmentation

Located In New York City

Cheek augmentation is performed to fill in defects and increase proportions. Dr. Imber offers two different options for cheek augmentation, including fat transfer or implant if necessary. The procedure results in a more prominent lift and is the hallmark of beauty.

Dr. Imber is an internationally renowned plastic surgeon and has performed over 25,000 surgical procedures. He performs a full range of cosmetic surgery procedures in his New York City practice, popularized the S-Lift, and developed the Limited Incision Facelift Technique. He has dedicated his career to helping his patients look as good as they feel, and always strives for the most natural results.

Cheek Augmentation

As we age, we lose volume in our cheeks affecting facial definition and causing skin laxity. As a way to maintain a youthful appearance, Dr. Imber performs a cheek augmentation to define cheekbones, give more angularity to the face, and produce an element of a lift. There are two surgical options to enhance the cheeks, including a fat transfer and cheek augmentation with implant. Dr. Imber prefers to augment with a fat transfer since it produces a more natural result. During a fat transfer, we remove a small amount of fat from one body area and inject it into another area that needs to be filled in. The results are fantastic and natural.

Cheek Augmentation Goals

A cheek augmentation with fat transfer gives that youthful cheek bone an angular look, fills in and tightens facial skin, reducing jowls and sagging. Dr. Imber will review all details with you during your consultation.

Cheek Augmentation Candidates

Loss of volume in our face causes skin to become lax and affects the angularity of the face. Facial angularity is the hallmark of beauty, and a simple procedure like cheek augmentation can easily improve the area. A cheek augmentation can help individuals who are looking to improve cheekbones, helping to replenish volume loss and improve their facial aesthetic.

During your consultation, Dr. Imber will discuss your procedure options after analyzing the area. If volume loss in your cheek area is something you’re experiencing, please call Dr. Imber’s office today to schedule a consultation to discuss your options.


Dr. Imber will ask you about your appearance goals and complete medical history during the consultation. Once he confirms your eligibility for the procedure, he will begin discussing possible techniques and results.

Cheek augmentation not only requires a high degree of skill but also an artistic eye. Dr. Imber will create a highly personalized treatment plan to highlight your best features.

Before the end of the consultation and leading up to your procedure, Dr. Imber and his team will guide you in preparing for the procedure.

What to Expect During Your Cheek Augmentation

Cheek augmentation with fat transfer not only gives that high youthful cheek bone, angular look, it also fills in and tightens facial skin, reducing jowls and sagging. Dr. Imber and his team of nurses will review all details with you in advance of your surgery.

Recovering From Your Cheek Augmentation

Recovery varies for each individual, but generally, there may be swelling for a day or two. Dr. Imber’s nurses will discuss activities to avoid and any other details you need to know to have the best results. You may resume work and other regular activities after you are cleared to do so.

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Whether the use of fat transfer, commercial filler, or implant, a cheek augmentation results in more prominently lifted cheeks, creating facial angularity, helping to achieve the hallmark of beauty. Dr. Imber prefers to enhance cheeks with fat transfers as it is very successful, easy to perform, and long lasting.

What Type Of Anesthesia Will I Receive?

Dr. Imber’s board-certified anesthesiologist will call you the night before surgery to review all guidelines necessary the morning of your surgery. Prior to this, Dr. Imber’s nurses will advise medical clearance and discuss any other guidelines to follow before your surgery. Most patients receive local anesthesia with sedation and Dr. Imber’s anesthesiologist is on site the day of your surgery. This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia with light sedation, but all details will be discussed with Dr. Imber.

Are There Any Non-Invasive Alternatives?

Dr. Imber can perform cheek augmentations using commercial filler. This is a quick in-office procedure and doesn’t require anesthesia. We often numb the area being injected and you can expect to be in my office for 30-45 minutes. Using filler is a great way to see what a cheek enhancement would look like if you aren’t ready for a more permanent option like fat transfer.

Why Do I Need A Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon?

A board-certified plastic surgeon holds the highest levels of education and training needed to deliver the best results. This qualification is not easy to achieve, so by using a board-certified plastic surgeon, you know they meet the standards of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Will There Be Any Scarring?

No, there won’t be any scarring with a fat transfer. During your consultation, Dr. Imber and his nurse will discuss all details related to your results so you have a complete understanding of what to expect.

How Much Does A Cheek Enhancement Cost?

Any questions you have regarding procedure costs can be discussed during your consultation at Dr. Imber’s office. Please call our office at (212) 472-1800 to learn more.

Dr. Imber’s thoughts on Before & After images
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We Offer Concierge Services

We want to make sure you are comfortable every step of the way, from managing your stay in New York City if you are out-of-town to post-surgical care and more.

Our concierge services include but are not limited to:

  • Accommodation Coordination with the finest New York City Hotels
  • Medical Photography
  • Medical Clearance
  • Private Duty Nurses and Escorts Post-Surgery
  • Transportation Post-Surgery
  • Pre- and Post-Operative Care

Conveniently located to serve New York City.

Dr Gerald Imber

Dr. Gerald Imber, M.D.

Dr. Gerald Imber is a board-certified, world-renowned plastic surgeon and strives to provide his patients the most natural results with the least invasive surgical techniques. He is recognized by US News and World Report and Castle Connolly as among the top 1% of plastic surgeons in the United States, on the staff of the Weill Cornell Medical Center, and directs his private surgical practice in New York City.

Dr. Imber has among the largest experience in facial rejuvenation and the prevention of facial aging. He has pioneered many less invasive surgical procedures that are now considered the gold standard among plastic surgeons, such as microsuction, a modified form of liposuction, to remove early jowls and tighten jawline, the extensive use of rejuvenating fat transfers, and the Limited Incision Facelift Technique, or Short Scar Facelift, a modern, less invasive facelift technique.

Dr. Imber performs a full range of cosmetic procedures, surgical and non-invasive, at his Manhattan office, including body, breast and nasal surgery, as well as facial reconstruction following Mohs micrographic surgery.