Dr. James Anthony

450 Sutter Street Suite 2630, San Francisco, CA 94108

Dr. James Anthony Plastic Surgery
Dr. James Anthony

Cheek Lift – San Francisco, CA

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There are several factors that can take a toll on the facial features over the years. Weight loss and the effects of aging can especially affect the cheekbones and cause the tissue attached to the bones to begin to droop. This can give the appearance of a sunken mid-face that may make you appear older than you actually are. At our San Francisco practice, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony performs cheek lift procedures to help restore lost volume in the cheeks and correct sagging or drooping cheeks. Using innovative, less-invasive techniques, Dr. Anthony can help you achieve a younger appearance and restore your confidence. 

Ideal Candidates

You may be a good candidate for a cheek lift procedure if you are experiencing:

  • Sagging and drooping cheeks
  • Sunken cheeks
  • Deep nasolabial folds (laugh lines)
  • Dark circles under your eyes
  • A hollow under eye appearance

Procedure Technique

A cheek lift procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia. With an endoscopic cheek lift procedure, small incisions (less than an inch long) are created near the ear or hairline. Through these incisions, Dr. Anthony will insert a tiny camera that is positioned at the end of a small tube in order to visibly see the treatment area. He will then perform a repositioning and suturing technique of the malar pad underneath the skin. Through this technique a natural lift and volume is restored to the cheekbones and underneath the eyes. Additionally, this technique take any pressure off of the nasolabial folds to soften the areas around the mouth. The entire procedure lasts anywhere from 1 – 2 hours. 

What to Expect

Swelling and bruising are common after a cheek lift surgery. You may also experience a tight sensation around the face area, which will dissipate as the cheeks settle into their new position. Typically, it takes about six months for final results to appear. Follow-up appointments will also be recommended so that Dr. Anthony can track your healing process and ensure you are happy with your results. 

frequently asked questions

How much does a cheek lift procedure cost?
The price of a cheek lift surgery varies from patient to patient. During your initial consultation, Dr. Anthony or a member of his team will be able to discuss the total costs of the procedure with you. Our practice also offers financial planning and financing to help you to better afford your procedure.

Are there less invasive options for receiving similar results?
If you are not ready to commit to a surgical procedure, our practice also offers injectable fillers to enhance the appearance of the cheeks. However, fillers do not typically provide as drastic as results compared to a cheek lift surgery. Additionally, a filler does not correct loose skin but instead only adds volume to the mid-face and smoothes the look of wrinkles. 

What is the difference between a cheek lift and a cheek augmentation?
When deciding between a cheek lift and a cheek augmentation, it is important to assess the amount of tissue volume present in the cheeks. Typically, a cheek lift is most ideal for individuals that have a good amount of volume, but are needed to reposition the tissue. A cheek augmentation or implant is more ideal if not enough tissue exists and more volume in the cheeks is desired. 

Will my results appear natural?
Before your procedure, Dr. Anthony will work with you to ensure that he understands your desired outcome. Immediately following surgery, the skin will appear to be tighter than when it has had time to settle. Once the skin has adjusted to its new position, you will be able to experience a natural, younger-looking appearance. 

Will I have visible scars?
With an endoscopic procedure, scars will be less noticeable. Dr. Anthony makes a conscious effort to conceal incisions within the hairline or natural creases of the face. He will also provide you will aftercare instructions on how to treat your incisions so that scarring will be minimal.

Achieve A Younger Look

With a cheek lift procedure performed by plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony, you can experience significant results that can make you appear younger. At our San Francisco practice, Dr. Anthony uses less invasive techniques to help you achieve your desired outcome. To learn more, contact our facility today to schedule your consultation. 

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*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.