What are Cheek Implants?
There are a variety of cheek implant options available that are typically made of synthetic materials. Silicone is the most common material used for implants. These come in a variety of sizes and shapes depending on your desired look. Customized implants are also available when required.
Who is a candidate for Cheek Implants?
Patients with weak cheek structure, a flat face or aging facial tissue may opt for cheek implants. Cheek implants are a simple, low-cost solution that provide youthful volume and rejuvenation of the cheek bone and mid face.
What to expect from a Cheek Implant procedure:
Cheek augmentation is often performed in conjunction with other procedures, like a facelift. This means the implants can be placed through an existing incision in the face. When performed alone, incisions are made under the eyelids or in the mouth, and the implants are placed over the cheekbone. Stitches or screws are used to secure the implants. Resorbable sutures will be used to close the incision.
Initially, there will be swelling and bruising and a pressure dressing will be applied to your face in the majority of cases. Swelling persists for a number of weeks, but within 2-3 weeks swelling usually subsides significantly. You will sleep with your head elevated and avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting for two weeks. Pain is mild to moderate and pain medication will be provided. Normal activity can be restarted at 2 weeks, but you will be asked to avoid bumping or traumatizing the implants for 6 weeks. You will sleep on your back during this time.
What are the Risks?
While generally safe, in rare cases a cheek augmentation procedure can lead to complications. Potential complications include infection, seroma, abscess, nerve injury with facial weakness or numbness, migration, asymmetries, or the need to remove the implant. Revision surgery can be required at times.
Call Gardner Facial Plastic Surgery at (435) 628-1704 for more information or to schedule an appointment.