4. Cheek Augmentation: To get rid of the baby face
“Baby face” isn’t usually synonymous with “manly”. For the most part, your cheeks are genetic—some people just have a little extra fat there, and it won’t go away naturally, not even if you’re at single-digit body fat.
“This is another surgery a lot of bodybuilders are looking for,” Steinbrech says. “It just looks comical when your face doesn’t match your body, like all those ‘don’t skip head day’ memes.”
To fix this, guys can get cheek implants or buccal fat removal (or both). Cheek implants change your bone structure—they can give you higher, more prominent cheekbones, and make your cheeks look less round. To figure out where you cheekbones are, place your thumb just above your tragus (the little nub inside your ear) and place your forefinger below your nostril. Draw your thumb and forefinger together until they meet in the middle. If the center of that line is closer to your eye, you have high cheekbones; if it’s closer to the bottom of your nose, you have low cheekbones. If you’ve already got high cheekbones and you still look like you’re 12, a surgeon can reduce your “buccal” (lower cheek) fat. Buccal fat removal is a simple procedure, but it’s not always recommended, especially if you’re younger, because sometimes aging alone will reduce the fat there.Back to top