Are chiseled, sky-high cheekbones giving way to softer, fuller “pillow” cheeks? If celebrities like Ashley Judd and Madonna are any indication, women may be seeking a more rounded, feminine appearance. Unlike the angular visage that’s been all the rage in recent years, the pillow face evokes an era when movie stars like Marilyn Monroe made the public go crazy over curves.
So how do you get this ultra-feminine look? Injectable dermal fillers can plump out the cheeks, lips and forehead while minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. For longer lasting results, plastic surgeons can place facial implants in the cheek, chin or jaw areas. In cheek enhancement surgery, a series of incisions are made along the inside of the mouth, below the eye or at the hairline. Implants made of materials that are compatible with your body are inserted to make cheekbones more prominent and create a more symmetrical, balanced appearance.
Fat grafting is another popular strategy for plumping out the cheeks. In facial fat grafting, also known as autologous fat transfer, fat tissue is removed from one area of the body through liposuction, then transplanted to the cheeks, nasolabial folds, chin, or other areas of the face that require rejuvenation. After fat grafting, the body will absorb a certain amount of the transplanted tissue, so touch-ups will probably be required.
If you’re not certain that the pillow face is right for you, consider a temporary or semi-permanent alternative. Dermal fillers like Juvederm, Radiesse and Sculptra can be injected into the skin around your eyes, cheeks, nose or mouth to create fullness. The results may last from 6 months to one year or more, depending on the product you choose and your body’s response to the procedure.
What will the face of the future look like? It’s impossible to tell where plastic surgery trends will take us, but for now, celebrities seem to want softer faces with sexy, satiny cheeks.