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Hollow Cheeks: How to Get It and How to Get Rid of It

While some people prefer to have hollow cheeks, others prefer theirs fuller. Your cheekbone structure and facial fat distribution determine whether your cheeks appear hollow or full.

This article will explore both scenarios. It will first discuss how to get hollow cheeks. It will then proceed to discuss the causes of hollow cheeks and how to get rid of them.

How to Get Hollow Cheeks

1. Lose Body Fat

One study sought to find out the relationship between Body Mass Index (BMI) and facial shape. It was conducted among middle-aged European women. Findings indicated that women with higher BMI have wider and rounder faces.

Most people with hollow cheeks have low fat on their faces and throughout their bodies. As a result, their cheekbones and jawbones stand out more, which makes their cheeks appear hollow.

The main principle of fat loss is eating at a calorie deficit. There are some additional factors that can help with fat loss. For example, exercising, healthy eating, reducing stress, staying hydrated, and getting adequate sleep.

Note that, it is not possible to spot-reduce fat around the cheeks unless through surgery. A simple search for “cheeks or facial exercises to get hollow cheeks” will yield numerous results. Some exercises promise results within a few days. However, research findings indicate that there is no evidence the exercises work.

2. Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

Buccal fat removal is a cosmetic surgical procedure for removing fat pads around the cheeks. It is an expensive procedure that typically costs $2000-$5000 in the US. The procedure is recommended for people with a healthy, stable weight, and who do not smoke.

Keep in mind that, as you get older you will naturally lose fat and your cheeks will become hollow and sunken. Doing a buccal removal surgery can make your cheeks look excessively thin later in life.

3. Cheekbone Implants

Adding implants to your cheekbones can make them more pronounced and create an illusion of hollow cheek. The plastic surgery costs about $3000.

4. Face Contouring with Makeup

This is a cheaper and temporary solution. There are numerous video tutorials on how to contour your face for a slimmer look.

Causes of Hollow Cheeks

The main causes of hollow cheeks include:

  • Natural cheekbone structure. As mentioned above, some people have a protruding cheekbone that makes their cheeks appear hollow.
  • Aging. The natural process of aging causes fat loss on all parts of your body. It leads to loss of subcutaneous and subdermal fat on the face. Over time, there is a volume loss on the cheeks due to face resorption. Aging also reduces collagen production, which makes the skin appear saggy, dull, and sunken.
  • Low body fat percentage. A low body fat percentage may be as a result of intentional or unintentional fat loss.
  • Diseases. Some diseases lead to loss of appetite, which can cause excessive fat loss. Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia can also cause excessive fat loss.

How to Get Rid of Hollow Cheeks

The most effective methods of plumping hollow cheeks are surgical. However, there are a few natural methods you can try.

1. Eat a Healthy Diet and Stay Hydrated

A healthy body is radiant. Eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated keeps your skin looking fuller, firmer, and more youthful. It also helps to maintain a healthy weight. On the other hand, dehydration can cause sunken cheeks and eyes.

2. Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are a form of injectable gel that is injected on hollow cheeks to add volume. It is a relatively safe option as it is not intrusive. It takes a few minutes and requires minimal downtime. The fillers last 6-24 months.

Plastic surgeons use different types of dermal fillers in different formulations. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) works two ways to add volume to the face. It adds volume directly and by encouraging water retention in the soft tissues.

Restylane sink and Juvederm Volbella are thinner filler formulations. They are best suited for superficial use on acne scars, smokers’ fine lines, and around the eyes. Restylane L and Juvederm L are used on the tissues below the skin on larger wrinkles and to restore volume to lips and lower face.

Thicker formulations such as Restylane Lyft and Juverderm Voluma are the best options for plumping hollow cheeks.  They are injected in the deep tissues to restore volume and improve the symmetry in the facial structure.

3. Fat Injection

Fat injection is a form of plastic surgery that involves fat transfer to the hollow cheeks. The fat is first harvested from other parts of the body such as the abdomen or thighs through liposuction. It is then filtered to get rid of impurities and injected to your cheeks using a fine cannula. The procedure is done in an operating room under general anesthesia or under conscious sedations. You require up to 10 days to recover after the procedure.

4. Cheek lift

A cheek lift is a comprehensive method of contouring hollow cheeks. It involves lifting and tightening tissues all-round the face for a firmer look. It is a great option if you want to also correct skin wrinkling and creasing on other parts of the face. The procedure is done under local anesthesia and requires up to … days in recovery time.

5. Skeletal Implants

Skeletal implants are used to modify the overall framework of the face. For a plumber-looking face, they are placed on the cheekbones and jawbones to make them stand out. Often, they are used alongside soft tissue augmentation to ensure harmony and symmetry in the face. This method is most suitable if your face has undergone significant resorption.

Conclusion

Whether you want to make your cheeks fuller or hollow, eating a healthy diet is crucial. It helps you to maintain a healthy weight. Also, ensure to stay hydrated to keep your skin supple and radiant. As discussed above, there are surgical and non-surgical solutions for making your cheeks hollow or fuller.

Please note that the content of this article is for informational purposes only. Consult with a credible plastic surgeon for further guidance.

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