Dr. Mark Samaha
Dr. Mark Samaha
1240 Beaumont Avenue, Suite 200
Mount Royal, QC H3P 3E5
Phone: (514) 731-2525
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Flat, underdeveloped cheekbones lack volume and can create a fatigued, sad, or even aged appearance. They can also create an imbalance where the lower face and jaw appear fuller and more prominent due to the lack of volume and highlight in the cheekbone region.
Implants enhance the cheekbones’ volume and are an excellent option to restore balance with the jaw, giving the entire face more esthetic harmony. Cheek augmentation is effective when performed as a standalone procedure, but it also can be combined with procedures such as rhinoplasty, chin implant, or facelift to enhance the final result.
Dr. Samaha makes small incisions on the inside of the mouth and inserts the implants through them, placing the implants over the cheekbones. Because he makes incisions inside the mouth, there are no visible scars. Dr. Samaha meticulously places the implants with precision to ensure a natural look. Then, he uses sutures to secure the implants, and he closes the small incisions with dissolving sutures.
The implant materials used by Dr. Samaha create a natural appearance and have an excellent safety record. Cheek implants are permanent and do not need to be removed or replaced. Like any other surgery he performs, Dr. Samaha tailors the procedure to the anatomy and goals of each patient. The various available implant shapes and sizes enable him to create the right volume, contour, and shape to produce the result best suited for the patient’s face.
The Day of Surgery
At our Montreal clinic, Dr. Samaha places patients under sedation anesthesia (also called “twilight anesthesia”) at the beginning of the procedure. He then uses a local anesthetic to numb the cheeks completely. After performing the surgery, Dr. Samaha places small dressings on each cheekbone to help secure the implants and minimize swelling. Patients typically can return home about an hour after the surgery.
Dr. Samaha recommends rinsing the mouth with saltwater to help keep the small incisions near the gums clean. Swelling in the cheek area decreases gradually during the ensuing few days. He removes the dressing and sutures approximately one week after the surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the restrictions after surgery?
Avoiding strenuous physical activity and vigorous exercise is the main restriction. Patients should also avoid acidic foods and liquids, as the small incisions inside the mouth feel like small sores. Cold compresses applied gently to the cheeks can be soothing and help minimize swelling.
How long is the recovery?
Most patients take about 7 to 10 days to recover. Patients are usually comfortable returning to work after the removal of the dressing at the one-week postoperative appointment.
What about bruising?
Bruising is rare after cheek implant procedures. Swelling in the first few days is normal and expected, and it is mostly resolved at 7-10 days.
Are there other options for filling the cheekbones?
Yes. Dr. Samaha uses dermal fillers to add volume to the cheekbones with great results. However, while the result is equally natural and pleasing, the result is not permanent. For some patients, this is not a concern and fillers can be an excellent option.
Meet Dr. Mark Samaha
A double board-certified otolaryngologist whose practice focuses exclusively on facial plastic surgery, Dr. Samaha is highly qualified in facial aesthetics. Learn more about our physician and how he's carefully refined his skills to sculpt your beautiful face.Meet Dr. Samaha
Buccal Fat Removal (Removal of Fat from the Cheeks)
The fat that is normally located in the lower cheeks can sometimes be enlarged or displaced down near the jaw. In these cases, patients may feel self-conscious about the “bottom-heavy” appearance of their faces, which can create a “cheeky” look or a heavy or sad expression.
Some of these patients are good candidates for buccal fat removal (also known as removal of Bichat’s fad pad) here in Montreal. During this procedure, Dr. Samaha makes small incisions inside the mouth near the cheeks and removes a portion of the enlarged or droopy fat. Removing excess fat can greatly enhance the cheeks’ definition and reduce the heaviness of the lower face for certain patients.
Dr. Samaha has developed techniques and methods to minimize swelling and bruising after surgery for his patients to shorten their recovery. This has culminated in his Maximum Result Minimum Recovery™ system.