Cheek Augmentation

A Better Cheek Augmentation Surgeon :

While cheek augmentation has become increasingly popular, it is still not well appreciated. The cheekbones also help balance the face. While the chin tends to frame the mouth, the cheeks frame the eyes. Full or high cheekbones are not only attractive, augmentation of the cheek area can also help fill the face and reduce changes associated with aging.

Ideal Candidates :

You may be a candidate for cheek augmentation if you exhibit:

Sunken, hollow cheeks in the mid-face

Cheekbone structure that lacks projection and makes the face appear drawn and gaunt

Wrinkles and flattened cheeks due to weight loss

You are above 18, physically fit and mentally stable and have realistic expectations

The appearance of a ‘fleshy’ lower face due to saggy cheeks

Not suitable for patients with :

Unusually round face

Exceptional lack of soft tissue cover

Any infection in the body, especially around the mouth (in the tooth or sinus infections)

High expectation patients and perfectionists

Patients with high risk factors

Procedure :

The surgery is usually done under general anesthesia and takes about an hour to an hour and a half. The surgeon begins by making an incision-the usual choice for incisions for cheek implants is either in the natural lines of the lower eyelashes to avoid any scars or inside the mouth at the junction of gums and lips. There are no chances of any scarring in the latter case. To insert the implant the surgeon elevates the soft tissue to form a pocket in front of the cheek bone, and places the implant into the cavity, creating the desired contour.

Adequate pocket is made in the right direction so that the implant fits in snugly without movement. In most cases a properly located and sized implant is sufficient to hold the implants in place. Sometimes absorbable fine sutures may be needed to hold them in place. Silicone implants require stitching to avoid displacement. The implant is made of a synthetic material that feels much like the natural tissue found in the cheek.

Alternatively, patients who are looking for a more temporary option may benefit from augmentation using a hyaluronic acid filler. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the body’s cells. It allows the cells to bind or hold water, and is responsible for maintaining tissue hydration. Over time the hyaluronic acid will slowly become absorbed, and will disappear gradually. Because this substance is found within the body, and is non–animal in origin, there is no need for preliminary allergy testing and is extremely natural in appearance. Augmentation of the cheek can last for approximately 1 year.

Instructions After Surgery :

You can expect some discomfort, aching and some numbness along with some temporary swelling. Keeping your head elevated and applying cold compresses during the first 24 hours will help keep this to a minimum.

It is advisable to be on a liquid diet for the first day and soft, smooth foods for the next day or two to avoid irritation around the incision site.

External scars are minimal and will fade significantly over time.

Strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks.