Replace Lost Volume with Cheek Augmentation

For patients unhappy with sunken cheeks, minor facial scarring, or asymmetrical cheekbones, cheek augmentation is a fairly simple procedure that can fill out the face and take years off your appearance. While many doctors use implants to create this effect, Dr. Rodolfo Castillo Calderón favors fat grafts. By injecting fat into the cheeks from other parts of the body, he can create more natural-looking results while minimizing the risk of complications. Many international patients travel across the border from San Diego, CA, to Tijuana, Mexico, to receive safe, high-quality surgical care from Dr. Castillo and the dedicated My Best Body Ever! team.

What is Cheek Augmentation? 

Cheek augmentation is a minimally invasive facial surgery that boosts cheek volume. Traditionally, this effect was achieved with small silicone implants placed on top of the cheekbones. While Dr. Castillo does occasionally work with a specialist to place implants for more dramatic results, he more often favors fat grafting. This method takes excess fat from the thighs, abdomen, or other parts of the body and re-injects it directly into the cheeks.

Cheek augmentations achieved through fat grafts are a minimally invasive and reliable option for restoring volume to hollowed cheeks.

Which option is better suited to you will depend on your goals. Fat grafting in particular is often ideal for not only replacing lost volume, but for smoothing out scars, as well. During your initial consultation with Dr. Castillo, he will examine your facial structure and ask a number of questions to determine which option is best for you. 

Closeup of a woman's face.
Patients can opt for either fat grafting or cheek implants to restore lost volume to their face. 

Benefits of Cheek Augmentation 

The volume and contour of your cheeks can significantly alter the proportions of your face. As a result, the benefits of cheek augmentation are primarily aesthetic and can include: 

  • Improved facial definition
  • More balanced profile
  • Youthful appearance
  • Long-lasting results

Benefits are not strictly physical, however. When patients are more at ease with their bodies, they often take greater confidence in themselves and are more comfortable taking risks and opportunities in social and professional situations.

What to Expect from Treatment

Dr. Castillo collaborates with every patient to ensure that they know what to expect from their treatment, recovery, and results. During the initial consultation, you can discuss any questions or concerns you may have so that you can make an informed decision about your treatment. In some cases, the doctor may recommend pairing a cheek augmentation with a face lift or rhinoplasty for more comprehensive results. 

The procedure itself is performed at an established local hospital. For a fat graft, Dr. Castillo first uses a small cannula to extract fact from the predetermined area. Once the fat is sterilized, he can inject it into the face with a microsyringe. If you decide on cheek implants, he will work closely with otolaryngologist Dr. Carlo Pedroza to place the implants precisely on the cheekbones. 

Take Advantage of Exceptional Surgical Care

Cheek augmentations achieved through fat grafts are a minimally invasive and reliable option for restoring volume to hollowed cheeks. At My Best Body Ever!, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to our patients. Contact us to learn more about your options and schedule a consultation with Dr. Castillo. 

Dr. Castillo


Dr. Castillo is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over ten years of experience performing cosmetic surgery. Our state-of-the-art facility is designed with the last medical technology to ensure patient comfort and safety. Dr. Castillo is affiliated with:

  • Mexican Association of Plastic Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery,
  • Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Association of Baja California
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Ibero Latin-American Federation of Plastic Surgery
  • Baja California College of Plastic Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery

Schedule a consultation at our Tijuana, Mexico, office online, or by calling (619) 955-6866.

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