Cheek implants (also known as cheekbone implants or cheek augmentation) is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to reshape the contours of your cheeks. The procedure is suitable for both men and women. High cheeks beautify a woman’s facial features whilst men can achieve a more chiselled masculine appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are different techniques with cheek implant surgery, depending on whether other procedures are being performed. If cheekbone implants are being inserted alone, the incision is generally made inside the mouth (just above the upper teeth). This is called the intraoral approach. If the procedure is done in combination with a facelift, lower eyelid surgery or a brow lift, the incision made for those operations is used to insert the cheek implants.
Types of Cheek Implants
Cheek implants can come in different shapes, sizes and materials. The material can either be synthetic or natural. Most surgeons prefer silicone implants over natural materials such as cartilage, bone or fat. The artificial silicone inserts are easier to adapt and are not reabsorbed by your body as time passes.
The type of inserts also depends on where they are being placed. Malar implants are inserted in the upper cheek area whilst submalar implants are used for the lower/mid cheek region.
Cheek Implant Recovery Process
This is what’s involved when recovering from having cheekbone implants inserted:
- When you wake up, your cheeks will be taped. This keeps the implant in place and reduces swelling.
- At home, you will need to lie down and elevate your head on pillows.
- You may be required to take antibiotics.
- Try not to move your face for 48 hours post-surgery, avoid talking, laughing and even smiling.
- You won’t be able to brush your teeth for the first couple of days, use mouthwash to keep up your dental hygiene.
- You may feel stiff and swollen in the implant area.
- Stitches don’t normally need removal since they are dissolvable.
Cheek Implant Risks
Some of the risks involved in having cheekbone implants include:
- Infection can occur, however antibiotics are given to reduce its likelihood. The risk of infection is higher if the incision is made through the mouth. If the implant itself becomes infected, this will require surgery to have it removed. You will need to wait about 4 to 6 months before a new implant can be inserted.
- The scar tissue surrounding the implant could harden. This may or may not warp the implant. On the contrary, it may even assist in holding the cheek implant in place.
- Numbness. This should be temporary. Even if the numbness is permanent, you will still be able to move your face.
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