With the passing of movie legend Lauren Bacall earlier this month, many people are reminded of her most famous line. In the 1944 film “To Have and Have Not,” she turns to co-star (and future real-life husband) Humphrey Bogart, and says: “If you want me just whistle. You know how to whistle don’t you? Just put your lips together and blow.” While the line became a classic almost overnight, what was most attractive about Ms. Bacall was her chiseled face, particularly those killer cheekbones. Who wouldn’t want them?
Well, not everyone is born with the kind of facial contours we see on the screen. It’s also important to understand that when “To Have and Have Not” was released, Lauren Bacall was just 19 years old. What we’re getting at is this: for some women, nature didn’t provide the kind of facial structure that they might have wanted; for others, age has affected facial features, including sagging mid-facial tissue. As we get older, our cheeks lose volume, and this can produce a decidedly unattractive look. The solution, for many women, is cheek augmentation.
Cheek implants (known as malar augmentation) provide a safe (and relatively low-cost) method of improving facial contour, restoring balance to the face where necessary, and attaining a more youthful appearance. This cosmetic surgical procedure has become more and more popular over the years. The reasons for this are easy to understand. In addition to being a low-risk procedure, cheek implants may in some cases provide an alternative to fillers and even a facelift. Moreover, cheek augmentation can be performed on an out-patient basis, and the recovery period is not extensive.
Prominent cheekbones can provide more than just a physical benefit. For some people, the procedure can also relieve feelings of low self-esteem and similar issues that may be present. At the same time, your appearance can improve significantly, including a more youthful and attractive look.
Whether you are concerned about facial balance, contour, or the effects of aging, cheek augmentation may be the answer for you. Talk to a cosmetic surgeon about your goals, and the results you can expect from the procedure.