Cheek Augmentation

Do you feel like your face has fallen a bit flat? Lost its youthful contour and definition? Add definition, symmetry and volume to your face with cheek augmentation. Over time, you may have lost fullness in your cheeks. Or, maybe you’ve never been pleased with the structure of your cheekbones and wish to emphasize that area of your face. With the use of cheek implants, a host of facial issues can be addressed. A relatively flat mid-face can be transformed into a well-developed, symmetrical face.

What Can I Expect?

The procedure consists of insertion of a properly sized implant through a small incision made in the mouth. The incision is made above the teeth on either side. A small tunnel is created and the graft is inserted. It is temporarily held in place by a suture that is passed up into the hairline and removed two to four days after the operation.

Cheekbone implants are made of a variety of materials that have been found to be safe for implantation. These materials act like bone to add dimension to a flattened facial appearance.

Although the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation, patients usually prefer to have general anesthetic. This surgery may be done at our in-office surgical suite.

For a few days, you may experience moderate swelling and discomfort. The main risk is that the implant may shift out of position or it may not be tolerated well. If these problems occur, the implants can be repositioned or removed and replaced with good results. Sensation abnormalities may occur and are usually temporary. While the surgical results are permanent, implants are easy to remove if needed.

Guidelines for After Surgery

An oral steroid will be prescribed that will decrease the swelling. Elevating the head and using ice packs for 36 hours is also helpful to reduce swelling. Antibiotics and pain prescriptions will also be provided.

Care must be taken not to put undo pressure on the implants. By two weeks the implants will stabilize. Heavy lifting and increased activity should be avoided for up to two weeks. More details will be provided at the time of your procedure.

Is This Right for Me?

Every person is different. The best way to find out if this procedure is right for you is to contact us and schedule a consultation with Dr. Karen.