Cheek Augmentation (shaping/implants)
A balanced bone structure is the framework for ideal
beauty. Facial implants are typically used to create
the desired balance to the existing features of the
face. It is also used to correct asymmetries and congenital
defects. The most frequent types of implant procedures
are performed in the cheek and chin area. Cheek shaping
may increase the projection of the cheekbones and rejuvenate
the mid-face region. The use of synthetic implants or
reshaping is a safe and effective means of augmenting
various regions of the face to achieve a more youthful
and attractive appearance. The implants are made out
of both solid and semi-solid materials that have been
used successfully for years. Cheek augmentation is often
performed in conjunction with other procedures, such
as a rhinoplasty, facelift, or chin augmentation to
improve the overall balance between the cheek and other
How is a Cheek Augmentation surgery performed?
If your cheek shaping is performed in conjunction with
a facelift, your implant will be inserted through the
facelift incision. If it is performed separately, two
small incisions will be made inside the upper lip, directly
below the cheekbones. Your surgeon will then create
small "tunnels" from the incisions to the
cheekbones and insert an implant through each tunnel.
Each implant will be fitted against your cheekbone,
underneath the soft tissues of the cheek. Alternatively,
an incision may be made inside your lower eyelid and
a pocket is formed and the implant inserted there. After
your implants are solidly in place, the incisions will
be closed using dissolving sutures (stitches). A dressing
will be applied to minimize discomfort and swelling.
How long does a Cheek Augmentation surgery
A cheek implant typically takes about one hour to perform.
What type of anesthesia is used?
Cheek shaping is usually performed using local anesthesia
along with a light sedative to make you feel drowsy
and relaxed. If you are having additional procedures
performed, you will receive general anesthesia, which
will cause you to be asleep during the whole procedure.
Where is the procedure performed?
Cheek shaping is usually performed in a surgeon's office-based
surgical suite, an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital.
When can I return home and
resume normal activities?
Cheek shaping is done on an outpatient basis. However,
it is necessary that you have someone to pick you up
after the procedure, take you home and stay with you
for at least 24 hours. Most individuals return to their
usual activities in one week.
How do I prepare for a Cheek Augmentation
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will
discuss the changes that you would like to make to your
appearance. Since the appearance of your cheeks is a
matter of personal perception and preference, you will
need to discuss your concerns in detail so your surgeon
can determine the appropriate alternatives. Your surgeon
will evaluate and assess the position of your cheekbones
to determine facial symmetry and balance. Your surgeon
may also point out other problems areas. For example,
most people who consider cheek implants may also be
a candidate for rhinoplasty, in order to create a more
harmonious appearance. You also should make arrangements
ahead of time for someone to drive you to and from your
procedure and to assist you with your daily activities
during your recovery period.
Prior to your surgical procedure, the surgeon will
perform a complete health history and physical. Knowledge
of your allergies, medications and previous surgeries
should be brought to your surgeon's attention at this
time. Smoking cessation is advised for at least three
week prior to and two weeks after your surgery. Smoking
inhibits blood flow to your skin and may delay the healing
process of your incision areas. Specific instructions
to assist you in preparing for this procedure will be
given to you after the health history and physical is
complete. Depending on your individual health status,
the instructions may include guidelines regarding your
diet, alcohol intake, smoking and which medications
to take or avoid. Your experience will be much smoother
if you remain compliant with your surgeon's instructions.
What precautions are necessary during recovery?
It is normal to experience some discomfort and swelling
in the affected area for several days. You will probably
find it difficult to smile and talk much within the
first few days. Black and blue marks may be visible
around your cheek, so plan your clothing choices with
that in mind. Your surgeon will give you very specific
instructions regarding dental/oral hygiene, eating a
soft food diet, sleeping positions and activity restrictions.
What are the possible complications after
a Cheek Augmentation surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, small sensory nerves
near the surface of the skin may be interrupted and
consequently, you may feel some numbness or have less
than full feeling. Sensibility returns over several
months, but some diminished feelings may last indefinitely.
Facial nerve injury with weakness of a part of the face
can occur on a transient or permanent basis, however
this is very rare. Other complications not listed here,
can occur but are exceedingly rare. The shifting or
imprecise of positioning of an implant, or an infection
around it, could require a second operation or removal
of the implant. Rarely, excess tightening and hardening
of scar tissue around an implant can cause an unnatural
shape. It is always important to be informed about the
possible complications before any surgery. Be sure to
discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon.
What results can I expect after a Cheek
Upon awakening from the anesthesia, you may experience
some pain that will be relieved with medication. If
you experience continued discomfort, you will be given
additional pain medication. During the healing phase,
particularly during the first three to seven days, your
activities and diet will be restricted. Your ability
to smile and talk will be limited at first. Give your
face an opportunity to heal and you will be rewarded
in time. You may not be able to accurately evaluate
your newly shaped cheeks for several weeks or months.
Give yourself the opportunity to get used to your new
Surprisingly, others may not even recognize that you
have had a procedure; they just think you look better,
more refreshed. Be sure to address any questions or
concerns about this procedure to your surgeon immediately.
Choosing the right surgeon
To obtain further information regarding Cheek Augmentation surgery,
we advise you to consult with a qualified and experienced
board-certified plastic surgeon. Regardless of the type
of procedure you are considering, it is crucial to choose
the right surgeon for your individual goals. To receive
a complimentary consultation with a specialist in your
area, simply fill out our Online Referral
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