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
is cheek augmentation performed?
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.
long does cheek augmentation take?
cheek implant typically takes about one hour to perform.
type of anesthesia is used?
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.
is the procedure performed?
shaping is usually performed in a surgeon's office-based surgical
suite, an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital.
can I return home and resume normal activities?
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.
do I prepare for cheek augmentation?
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
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.
precautions are necessary during recovery?
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.
are the possible complications after cheek augmentation?
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.
results can I expect after cheek augmentation?
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 look.
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