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Attractive cheekbones are an important element of facial beauty. Well-defined cheeks create balance, improve the facial profile, and are a symbol of youth. Some men and women are frustrated because their cheeks have never been well-contoured, while many others have lost facial volume with age and would like to restore fullness for a more youthful appearance. With dermal fillers such as RADIESSE®, JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, and Restylane®, no matter what the reason for cheek enhancement, improvement is possible.

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Case 404

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This patient came to me with two goals. The first was to correct his nose, he had a Surgical Rhinoplasty 2 decades previously but felt his nasal bridge could be straighter and his nasal tip more defined. The second was to enhance his cheeks and he was interested in learning the difference between cheek implants, fat transfers and facial dermal fillers. DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PL...

Case 352

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This young lady is a professional writer living in San Francisco. For ten years, she'd been considering having cosmetic surgery to preserve her signature youthful charm. Like most of those who choose my practice, she didn't want to look too "done" or "plastic". After reading some of my responses on RealSelf, she contacted my office and scheduled a consultation to see how we coul...

Case 314

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This patient of mine is an African American man in his 20's. He started becoming interested in non-surgical cosmetic procedures after deciding that he wanted a more defined nose and enhanced facial appearance. After seeing some of my YouTube videos online, he came into our San Francisco office for a consultation to find out how using facial dermal fillers could significantly tra...

Case 387

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This brave woman came to see us after recently surviving breast cancer. She wanted to find a facial treatment that would restore facial volume she lost during her therapy. She didn't want to look tied anymore. Wanting to feel fresh and new, this patient was ready to start the next chapter of her life. DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PLAN This is another patient that we took the Full Fa...

Case 377

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This patient of mine, a young woman from the South Bay in California, wasn't feeling too happy with her profile, or the dark circles that were creeping up beneath her eyes. She came to my San Francisco office for a consultation, specifically asking about the possibilities that Dermal Fillers could provide. The first thing I noticed during our examination was that she had v...

Case 389

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This young woman from Oakland had been feeling self-conscious of her lips. When she came into my San Francisco office for a consultation, she asked me if it was possible for her lips to look just like how she always wanted them to. I told her that by using dermal filler injections, we could help her lips look fuller without compromising her facial structure's harmony. After try...

Case 396

ABOUT OUR PATIENT During a recent modeling photoshoot, this patient was amazed to see how the photographer highlighted his chin and cheekbones with some good old-fashioned lighting tricks. So he started searching online for how to emphasize these parts of his face in real life. When he found my website, he set up an appointment to talk options. DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PLAN Right from the start, ...

Case 343

ABOUT OUR PATIENT   Ever since she could remember, this patient had laugh lines that distracted from her graceful good looks. Last year, after searching around for non-surgical laugh line reduction in San Francisco, she was referred to our practice by one of her good friends. Soon after, she stopped by my office for an in-depth consultation.    DR. MABRIE’S TREATMENT PLAN&...

Case 403

ABOUT OUR PATIENT One of the most important procedures I perform at my practice is correcting the effects of previous dermal filler treatments that leave patients with less than ideal results. This patient had dermal filler placed too superficially under her eyes by a different injector, which was causing a Tyndall Effect (blueish tint). DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PLAN While examining the effects o...

Case 348

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This particular case is one that I'm very excited to share with you. This patient had been seeking help around San Francisco for non-surgical rejuvenation when he found our practice online. He knew he wanted to look more refreshed to reflect his charismatic personality, but he wasn't sure what kind of treatment would help him accomplish this. DR. MABRIE'S TREATMENT PLAN During...

Case 405

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Case 382

Full case description to come!  (Temporary description below:) This stylist in San Francisco came to see Dr. Mabrie for an evaluation and treatment of his face.  He felt he didn't look as, "fresh" as he felt.  In particular he was noticing bags under his eyes, no matter how much sleep he got. Dr. Mabrie: It was a pleasure meeting this man, he was brought in by another patient of m...

Case 119

ABOUT OUR PATIENT When this particular patient, a San Francisco businesswoman, first came in to talk to me about the possibilities of plastic surgery, she wanted to know how to remove the wrinkles that were starting to show in different areas around her face using non-surgical methods. We also talked a little bit about adding more definition to her cheekbone area. This case interested me quite a...

Case 230

ABOUT OUR PATIENT Developing bags under your eyes is a common sign of aging that can be easily remedied with the use of facial Dermal Fillers. This particular patient of mine, from Northern California, approached me about the bags she started seeing beneath her eyes. She visited my office located in the San Francisco Bay Area, and we discussed non-invasive, non-surgical cosmetic solutions. DR....

Case 170

ABOUT OUR PATIENT This woman, from the Bay Area, asked me about her lips when she came in for a consultation at my office in downtown San Francisco. We discussed the many benefits and options for Lip Augmentation, and determined which ones would give her the ideal results she wanted. I found this patient to be another perfect candidate for dermal filler injections. While we were going over the p...

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3 Main Advantages of Dermal Fillers vs. Surgery

No down time needed! Surgery leaves patients swollen for 1 to 2 weeks, and final results can take up to 2 months to be seen. Dermal fillers provide immediate results with little to no bruising and swelling.

Dr. - Patient Interaction: Dr. Mabrie is able to work with you in real time to ensure he achieves your cosmetic goals. You are able to make suggestions on where the dermal filler is placed and how much is used.

Lowered Risk: There is much less risk of complication and infection when using dermal fillers rather than implants.

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How Cheek Dermal Fillers Work

Dermal fillers are FDA-approved products made with naturally occurring substances. They are injected beneath the skin in the targeted areas using a very fine needle. Once the filler substance has been injected, it plumps up the skin from beneath, filling wrinkles or augmenting facial features such as cheeks. People often combine dermal fillers with BOTOX® Cosmetic for more complete facial enhancement.

Treatment with dermal fillers is entirely non-surgical and can be performed right in Dr. Mabrie's office. During the cheek enhancement procedure, the filler material can be injected in several ways, such as:

  • Above the cheekbones to achieve a chiseled look
  • Into the soft tissue of the cheeks, "lifting" the area to correct an aged or sunken appearance

When performed by Dr. Mabrie in San Francisco, injections of cheek dermal fillers such as Restylane, JUVÉDERM, and JUVÉDERM VOLUMA XC achieve very natural-looking improvement. The results can last from several months to over a year, depending upon the specific filler used. Treatment is repeatable to ensure continued improvement, and fine adjustments can be made with each procedure.

Some common injection-related reactions may occur, such as swelling, bruising, pain, itching, discoloration, and tenderness at the injection site. For additional information, read what to expect during and after your treatment.

For a gentler injection procedure, Dr. Mabrie offers the innovative microcannula injection method. These blunt-ended microcannulas cut fewer arteries and veins than needles, resulting in significantly less after-treatment bruising and swelling. The microcannula technique is available upon request.

Treating Dark Circles with Dermal Fillers

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Many surgeons, dermatologists, and other practitioners offer dermal fillers to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and creases. However, using dermal fillers to contour facial features, such as cheeks, requires a level of skill that few physicians possess. Dr. Mabrie is among this elite group. His unique understanding of facial anatomy, developed through his training and experience as a facial plastic surgeon, enables him to effectively use dermal fillers as a sculpting tool.

San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon David C. Mabrie M.D., F.A.C.S.

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The Surgeon

Dr. David Mabrie offers:

  • Double board certification
  • Excellent training & experience
  • Specialization in the face and neck
  • A trainer's skill in injectable filler techniques
Why Dr. Mabrie
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Dr. Mabrie works with men and women from throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek and Pinole. Request a consultation online or call us at (415) 445-9513 for more information.

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Mabrie Facial Cosmetic: David C. Mabrie, MD
166 Geary Street
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San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 445-9513
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Mabrie Facial Cosmetic: David C. Mabrie, MD
1700 San Pablo Avenue Suite F
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 724-3200
Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.