Question: I'm a body builder and as I've gotten in better shape, my face has become more gaunt looking, particularly my cheeks. I'm not thin or skinny, I'm actually very fit and in excellent shape. Is there some sort of procedure that could add some bulk back to my cheeks, perhaps cheek augmentation. I'm a guy so I don't want to look feminine.
Answer: Most body builders who workout seriously have very little body fat and that shows in the face sometimes as a gaunt appearence. If you add cheek bones (implants) you will actually make the problem worse, giving yourself an even bonier look. The solution is to go with a facial filler like Sculptra, Radiennse, or Juviderm.
Question: What sort of anesthesia is used for a cheek augmentation? Afterward, what sort of pain medication is necessary?
Answer: Cheek augmentation is an excellent procedure. It takes me 30 minutes under simple local anesthesia to put in cheek implants without any pain. Post-operative recovery is easy with minimal pain and back to work in 3-4 days.