What is a Cheek Implant Surgery?
Cheek implant surgery, also known as cheek augmentation surgery is a procedure where your plastic surgeon inserts a solid implant over your cheekbone which enhances your facial contour by making your cheeks look fuller providing an overall better definition to your face.
Cheekbone implants have been in use since the 1950s. They have helped many patients overcome their feelings of insecurity regarding their facial features. Since the 1950s, surgeons have experimented with a large variety of implants which has allowed the field of cheek augmentation to evolve enough to provide highly efficient results.
What are the Benefits of Cheek implant surgery?
The benefits of cheek implant depends upon your expectations from the procedure but all patients will achieve following benefits from a cheek implant.
- It adds volume and gives proper contour to your cheek.
- Gives you a youthful look.
- Corrects any kind of facial asymmetry
- Corrects flatness in the mid-facial area.
- It gives you proper facial proportion and symmetry boosting your self-confidence.
- No visible scarring after the surgery as the incision is made on the inner surface of your mouth.
- The implant comes in multiple shapes and sizes, so you get a tailored experience according to your specific needs.
You should discuss your conditions and the benefits of undergoing a cheek implant before going through with the procedure to see if this surgery is the right fit for you.
Your Cheek Augmentation Consultation
During your cheek implant consultation, your surgeon will take a general medical history and ask about any previous surgery or sinus infections. He will also want to discuss your goals for the procedure and how much you want to increase prominence over the cheek, around the lower eyelid and in the mid-cheek area.
During this consult, he will also determine whether your facial structure makes you a good candidate for malar augmentation surgery. Then, he’ll explain why trying to over-emphasise the cheekbones usually results in an artificial and unsatisfactory appearance.
In general, the aim of the procedure is to retain a natural facial shape but enhance the definition.
What to Expect
Even though patients are put under general anaesthetic during Malar Augmentation surgery, it can be done as a day procedure. Furthermore, because incisions are on the inside of the mouth there are no external scars. Once the implants are fixed in position the wounds are closed.
A Malar Augmentation can also be accomplished using fat transfer, however, the results are more subtle. It is also possible to correct a significant asymmetry between the two cheekbones by using implants complemented by fat transfer.
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After Your Cheek Augmentation Surgery
For the first four or five days after your procedure, you will need a soft diet to protect the wounds inside your mouth. Below are some further tips and reminders you should also follow post-surgery;
- For your safety, you will need someone to drive you home and stay with you the first night after your procedure.
- Taking a mild analgesic such as Paracetamol can alleviate any discomfort you may feel post-surgery. However, you must avoid Aspirin as it can promote bleeding.
- Usually, you’ll have your first check-up visit one week after your operation. At that visit, the surgeon will inspect the wounds inside your mouth to ensure that healing is progressing well.
- Furthermore, you should avoid returning to exercise for two to three weeks after the operation. This is because it can trigger swelling in your face.
- After your surgery, it is possible to brush your teeth with a gentle toothbrush from day one, and it is advisable to use antiseptic mouthwash four times a day for a least for the first week.
- While significant bruising is not normally a side effect swelling can be moderate to significant. Fortunately, you can relieve swelling by gently massaging your cheeks.
- It is also important to sleep with a couple of pillows for the first two weeks to accelerate your recovery.
Are you a good candidate for cheek implant surgery?
There are several medical and cosmetic reasons for undergoing a cheek implant. Cheek implant may be the procedure for you if you;
- Have a hollow and sagging poorly defined cheek.
- experience loss of tissue in the cheekbone area due to any congenital deformity or due to facial trauma.
- Are conscious about your facial appearance and want a fuller look for your cheeks.
- Have under-eye bags and wrinkles on your cheek.
Is cheek implant surgery worth it?
The surgery gives an enhanced appearance to your face, your cheeks look fuller, and gives a proper contour to your cheek giving you a youthful look. If you are a victim of facial trauma, undergoing a cheek implant along with Corrective jaw surgery helps you in achieving a more natural look. It is a one-time procedure most of the time with a high satisfaction rate.
All things considered, a cheek implant is worth it, if hollow and saggy cheeks are lowering your self-confidence and want a more youthful appearance.
Book a consultation now and learn how you can benefit from cheek augmentation surgery.
Risks and Complications associated with cheek implant surgery
Like any surgery, cheek implant surgery has certain risks and complications. Understanding what they are before surgery is vital. Knowing the risks and complications helps you make an informed choice.
while your surgeon will thoroughly brief you on all possible issues before undergoing the surgery below is a list of some potential risks and complications that are associated with cheek implant surgery.
- Complications related to anaesthesia, For example, nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness.
- Bleeding from the site of the incision.
- Poor healing of incision site.
- Facial asymmetry
- Cheek implant displacement necessitating a second procedure for alignment of the implant
- Persistent pain at the site of implant placement.
- Extended numbness and colour changes of skin at the site of the implant.
- Difficulty eating for a few days due to the placement of the incision.
Seek immediate assistance from your surgeon if you feel something is not right.
If you are considering a cheek implant, for best results and to reduce chances of potential complications post-operatively you must seek a Board-certified plastic surgeon.
Cheek Implant Surgery FAQs
How long will the cheek implant surgery take to perform?
It takes about an hour or an hour and a half to perform the surgery.
When do the stitches get taken out?
For surgeries where an incision is made on the inside of the mouth absorbable suture materials are used. Therefore they aren’t, they dissolve on their own.
Will I have a scar after the cheek surgery?
The incision for cheek implant surgeries are made on the inside of your mouth, so there is no visible scarring present externally.
Will I have pain and difficulty after undergoing a cheek implant?
You may experience some discomfort a few days after surgery, facial movements, and talking may be difficult in presence of swellings. Your doctor will prescribe you medications to relieve this discomfort.
How does a cheek implant stay in place?
During cheek implant surgery a pocket-like space is made. The implant is held in place by the cheek muscles and is then sealed off properly with an absorbable suture, which keeps your implant in place.
What is a better, cheek implant or cheek fillers?
Both cheek fillers and implants give immediate results and give your cheeks a fuller and more defined look. It ultimately depends upon your preference and goals.
How do I decide if I should undergo Cheek implant placement or should I inject fillers?
It depends on your goals; few things to help you decide:
Longevity of the treatment
Results from cheek implant last permanently unless displaced. Results from cheek filler treatment last for about 6 mths to a year.
Length of procedure
Though both the procedures can be done quickly, it takes only about 10 minutes to inject fillers. Cheek implant, on the other hand, takes about an hour and a half to complete.
What is the Recovery time?
Fillers provide a quick recovery time of only a few hours, so if you are in a hurry or a busy person and can’t miss your work fillers might be the option for you, as undergoing cheek implant surgery requires rest for few weeks.
How much does it cost?
Getting cheek implants is a much more expensive procedure as compared to fillers. However, prices vary depending on multiple factors
Is Anesthesia necessary?
Cheek implants are done under general anesthesia whereas injecting fillers does not require the use of anesthetics. If you have known allergies to anaesthetics or are too scared to be put to sleep using medications, injecting fillers is the option for you. Having a consultation with your care provider can help you make your decision easier.
What is the facial fat transfer technique?
The facial fat transfer technique is a minimally invasive surgical procedure where the surgeon takes some fat from your body fat stores-hips, thighs, stomach, and injects it into your midface to restore the volume of your cheeks.
Further Reading and Medical References about Cheek Implant Surgery
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What to Bring to Your Consultation
- If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
- You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.