Cheek Augmentation is a surgery to enhance the appearance of one’s cheeks. This is a relatively minor procedure that restructures cheekbones, balancing facial features and restoring a youthful and vibrant appearance. The desired effect is to change the shape or size of the cheek or to correct flaws caused by birth defects or injury.
The surgery is generally simple, fast, and uncomplicated. Cheek Augmentation (Cheek Implants) helps to boost self-esteem. This procedure gives the face a more proportional and balanced appearance. Cheek implants on older patients allow a face a fuller look, especially if the face is looking sunken in, drawn, or aged. Younger women that have flat cheekbones go for cheek implants to get the chic high cheekbone look of fashion models. Underdeveloped cheekbones make other facial features appear more prominent. This procedure is often performed in combination with Rhinoplasty, Neck Liposuction, and/or Chin Augmentation.
Cheek augmentation includes the surgical insertion of cheek implants or injections of fat or other fillers. Cheek implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes so that they can be customized to fit each individual`s face. Implants are made of safe, non-reactive, and long-lasting materials that can always be easily removed or changed at a later date if so desired. Cheek implants are made from several different types of materials. One commonly used type is made from solid silicone, but other types of cheek implants are made from expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) and polyethylene. You should discuss with your doctor which implants he or she prefers and why.
Cheek implants can be implanted laterally, frontally, or sometimes even both. The first consultation a patient has with the surgeon will identify what is required for her/him to get the desired look. It can take as little as 30 minutes to perform and most plastic surgery practices will do it.
Cheek augmentation can be performed in different methods. The needs of each patient will be the final factor as to what method the surgeon settles on. In general, what occurs during cheek implant surgery is that a “pocket” is created over the tissue of the cheek, which enables the implant to properly fit inside. The implant incision is put in one of three places- the conjunctiva (or inner surface of the eye), inside the mouth or in the crease lines outside the eye. The cheek implants may be either solid or porous, and that depends on the patient also.
- Avoid taking any medicines containing aspirin or ibuprofen during the two weeks prior to surgery.
- Be certain you do not have a cold or sunburn the day of surgery.
- Eat a balanced nutrient-rich diet before and after surgery. A healthy diet will help speed recovery.
- Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery, unless instructed differently by our anesthesia provider.
- Do not wear make-up or contact lenses to surgery.
- Arrange to have someone take you home after surgery and stay with you that evening and, if possible, help you around the house for a few days while you recover.
Cheek augmentation typically takes one to two hours depending on the extent of the procedure. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Patients are given general anesthesia during this procedure.
The surgeon makes two incisions inside the mouth between the upper gums and cheek.
Then he creates a small pocket over the cheekbones.