About Cheek Implants
Cheek Implants are also known as Cheek Augmentation Surgery. This technique is used to increase the definition of the cheeks and balance out facial features.
Cheek Implants Results
Cheek implants can correct deficient cheeks and give your face a more youthful and pleasant appearance by balancing out facial features the lower areas of the face may appear less saggy. Your cheek bone area will appear more defined and the skin plumper, overall giving a more aesthetically pleasing facial structure.
Cheek Implants Costs
Typically in the range £4000 – £5000.
Cheek Implants Before and After
Before cheek augmentation your facial structures may be poorly defined and skin can appear saggy. Hollow cheeks can also age your appearance. Cheek implants reverse this and create a more youthful, plumper, more defined facial structure. You can see examples of before and after pictures here.
Cheek Implants Guide
Cheek augmentation surgery usually takes around an hour and a half to complete and is performed under general anaesthetic. Most people stay in hospital overnight after the procedure, although some may go home on the same day. Techniques will vary between surgeons and patient requirements, but will require a small incision to be made and the implants inserted on top of the cheek bone itself. In some cases they may be held in place by a titanium screw.
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Cheek augmentation (cheek implants) aims to bring balance to a person’s face. Weak cheeks can make the face look gaunt and the lower face appear fleshy. Cheeks can become drawn and out of proportion to the rest of the face due to congenital deficiency, age-related bone absorption or trauma to the face.
Who is cheek implants for?
People who have congenital defects or who have suffered facial trauma, for example through injury or illness. Also for people who have signs of ageing in their cheeks and below the eyes. The procedure is sometimes combined with the face lift procedure.
What does cheek implants involve?
The procedure is carried out using a general anaesthetic or a local anaesthetic and takes approximately one and a half hours in the operating room. Normally there is an overnight stay in hospital after the operation; however some patients go home on the same day.
Cheek implants are made of solid or semi-solid materials. There is a large variety of materials available and the appropriate material is chosen by the patient and surgeon during consultation. Small incisions are made, either at the top of the upper lip or on the outer cheek just below the lower eyelid and the cheek implants are sited on top of the cheek bone or immediately below it. If the position is not correct the surgeon can move the implants about during surgery. Sometimes the implant is attached to the bone using a small titianium screw. The incisions are closed using dissolving sutures.
How long is the recovery period?
Normally an overnight stay in hospital and about two weeks at home. The health status and fitness of the person before the procedure is a good indication of how quickly and well they will recover.
What can I expect post-operatively?
There will be some minor bruising and swelling. The sutures will dissolve leaving scars inside the mouth that are hardly visible. You will be unable to chew immediately and this will last for the first three to four days. You will be advised on a soft-food diet.
What are the risks?
As long as a reputable surgeon has been chosen the risks are relatively small; although no surgery is without risk. If you smoke, drink heavily, have diabetes, have a compromised immune system or a condition that prevents wounds from healing you will be at higher risk.
- Bleeding (haematoma) – abnormal bleeding can occur creating a pocket of blood under the skin. The area is swollen and painful. Another operation is indicated.
- Infection – when bacteria enter the wound. In severe cases the implants have to be removed using an emergency procedure. The patient will be prescribed antibiotics before, during and after surgery to try to prevent infection.
- Scarring – healing of scars varies between people.
- Movement of implant – an implant may move and a second operation is needed.
- Implant rejection – immune systems recognises the implants as ‘foreign’ and mounts an immune response against them. The implants have to be removed in these people.
- Capsular contracture – a rare complication that results from a tightening of scar tissue. If the area around the implant becomes sore or if the shape of the face is visibly altered then another operation is indicated.
- Altered sensation – for up to three months post-operatively there may be some loss of sensitivity over the cheek area.
- Asymmetry – cheeks heal unevenly and need further surgery.
How can I prepare?
Undertake a thorough search of available surgeons.
Prepare yourself physically and mentally. Follow a healthy, balanced diet, maintain a good level of fitness, do not drink excessively or smoke (consider giving up if you do). Tell your surgeon if you have any allergies.
Discuss your decision to go ahead with the procedure with a health care worker such as your GP.