Cheek Augmentation with Implant
Cheek implants offer individuals with weak bone structure or ill-defined facial features an opportunity for permanent volume and contour. Implants can be customized to the individual to address projection or bulk, creating improved facial balance and aesthetics.
Cheek Augmentation with Implant
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About the Procedure
Cheek implants are the only option for patients to achieve permanently increased volume and projection. While dermal fillers and fat grafting may be less expensive initially, the cost of maintenance treatments can quickly add up to the same or more than an implant. Before surgery, discuss with your doctor what options are available for anesthesia as well as options for the implant material. Depending on the extent of the surgery, local, sedation, or general anesthesia may be utilized. Implant materials vary but are commonly made of either silicone, Gore-Tex, or Medpor, a material that integrates with the facial tissue to fuse the implant with the bone over time. Cheek implant surgery typically will not last longer than an hour unless it is combined with another facial surgery such as a facelift or lip lift. On the day of surgery before anesthesia is applied, markings will be made on the face to guide the placement of the implants. Once anesthesia is administered, a small incision will be made either beneath the eyelid or in the mouth. A pocket will be created within the facial tissue to hold the customized implant. Implants placed on the outer upper cheek will add volume and contour to the cheekbone while implants that are inserted in the lower to middle cheek region provide fullness to a sunken or gaunt face. Once the implant is positioned and secured, the incision will be closed. A compression or support bandage will also be applied to the face to reduce swelling.
The goal of cheek augmentation with an implant is to increase volume in the cheeks and contour the face to create a younger, more rejuvenated appearance.
What to Expect
Cheek implants can be customized to address projection or bulk to improve facial balance and aesthetics. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after cheek augmentation with implants.
- No alcohol for 2 days prior
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after
- Do not take blood thinning medication
- Do not eat or drink for 6 hours before
- Preoperative markings for placement
- Local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia
- Incision made beneath the eyelid or in the mouth
- Pocket is created within facial tissue to hold the implant
- Implant is positioned and secured
- Incision closed and support bandage applied to the face
Following surgery, there will be a moderate amount of swelling around the cheeks and under the eyes 48 to 72 hours postoperatively. Numbness and changes in sensation are common and will decrease once swelling is controlled. Most of the visible swelling will disappear 2 weeks after a cheek augmentation surgery. Do not sleep face down for at least 6-8 weeks following surgery.
The ideal candidate for a cheek augmentation with implants has poorly defined cheeks, which may appear hollow or sagging as a result of the loss of cheek tissue, usually due to heredity or aging. It is also an option for patients with loss of tissue in the cheekbone area due to trauma or congenital deformities.
Not Recommended For
Cheek implants are not recommended for patients who have thin facial skin as the implant may become more obvious or visible.
Side effects from cheek augmentation with implants may include bleeding or infection, blood clots, temporary or permanent areas of numbness, difficulty talking or smiling for several weeks, temporary reduced ability to move mouth and lips, infection surrounding the implant, or movement of the implant, which will require further surgery.