Cheek Augmentation surgery
When cheek implants are placed in conjunction with another facial plastic surgery procedure such as a face lift, brow lift, rhinoplasty, or eyelid lift, the implants can be inserted through the incisions made for those procedures. When not used in conjunction with other plastic surgery treatments, the cheek implants are placed on their own through small incisions made in the mouth or lower eyelids. The implants are placed into small pockets formed by the surgeon in the cheek tissue. Stitches used to close the incision are removed in about 10 days, or they dissolve in the about the same period if placed inside the mouth.
Cheek Implants Complications and Risks
Though rare in occurrence, cheek implants complications can happen. Initially, there is the risk of an adverse reaction to anesthesia used in the cheek surgery procedure. A correlation exists between anesthesia complications and the use of tobacco, antidepressants, and various other substances. For this reason, disclosure of any substance use to the surgeon prior to surgery is very important.
Post-surgery cheek implants complications may include infection, which is usually treatable with antibiotics. Misplacement of a cheek implant can result in shifting that causes asymmetry, sometimes necessitating a second procedure to realign the implant. If you are considering cheek implants and you’d like to reduce the chance of post-surgical complications, the best course of action is to take care when choosing a plastic surgeon.
Facial implant surgery
Facial implant surgery is a form of cosmetic surgery used to change people’s facial contours or provide more balance to their face and features. Facial implant surgery also restores shape to a face after trauma or major disease (such as cancer). Implants may be made of human tissue or synthetic materials such as silicone or polythene.
Some common areas where implants are inserted include the cheeks, chin and jaw.
Some people choose to have cheek implants because they think their cheeks look flat or sunken. Cheek implants can make the cheeks look larger, higher or fuller.
People usually choose to have chin implants because they think their chin looks too small. Sometimes, a medical practitioner may recommend a chin implant to a person having reparative nose surgery (rhinoplasty). This is to provide facial proportion, as the size of the chin may influence how the nose looks.
If you are concerned about the way you look, or are thinking about cosmetic treatments to boost your confidence, there are alternatives. Talking to a counsellor or psychologist may help you overcome your concerns about your appearance.