Cheek Implants FAQs
There are aesthetic and functional reasons why people undergo cheek augmentation surgery. This is also a common procedure to couple with corrective jaw surgery for patients who have experienced facial trauma. The cheek augmentation procedure can help improve the overall appearance of the face, offering better balance and symmetry.
This surgical procedure is usually performed under general anaesthetic. A small incision is made on the inside of the upper lip, where a pocket is then formed for the implant to be inserted. This process will vary if you are undergoing a cheek augmentation in conjunction with another procedure, which may require a different incision location.
The implant that is used will be pre-selected based on the most appropriate one for your facial structure and aesthetic goals. Dr Hodgkinson will discuss this with you in detail prior to surgery. The incision is then stitched with dissolvable stitches.
Cheek Implants have now become more popular as we are exposed to so many attractive fashion models with very prominent high cheek bones. High or prominent cheek bones are typically associated with young and beautiful, smiling faces. Flat cheeks may produce a sad or depressed appearance and cheek implants can produce a fullness similar to smiling.
Cheek implants are created from silicone or Gore-tex and are usually inserted through a small incision inside the mouth. A wide variety of shapes and sizes is available. This is an outpatient procedure performed under twilight anaesthesia. After about a month, implants do indeed feel natural and produce an improvement in shape and appearance of the face, glamourising the face for women and strengthening it for males. Careful selection of the size and shape of your implants should be made by you and your surgeon. The implant feels just like your own tissue.
Before and After Cheek Implant, Face Lift & Upper Eyelid Lift by Dr Hodgkinson
We make all patients aware that all surgery brings with it a degree of risk. However, we take every precaution to ensure the risk level is as low as possible. In the case of cheek implants, some of the potential complications can include:
- Temporary numbness around the mouth
- Difficulty talking or smiling due to swelling
- Reduced ability to move mouth or lips
- Implant movement which may require further surgery
Dr. Hodgkinson rarely experienced any risks or complications listed above.
It is very important that you provide your complete medical history or any relevant lifestyle issues which may increase the risk of any complications during your pre-surgery consultations. Your physical health will be examined to ensure this procedure is appropriate, and we will need to be made aware of any pre-existing conditions or prior surgeries that you have had. All of this information will influence the type of anaesthetic used for this procedure and whether or not it is the right surgery for your needs.
Before and 6 Weeks After Cheek Implants.
Along with this, we will need to be aware of any medications that you take on a regular basis, including over-the-counter oils or vitamin supplements. It is of particular importance that you inform us if you have experienced any past reactions to drugs or side effects from any medications or anaesthetics.
This will vary with every patient, and may not be necessary in your specific circumstances. After the procedure, you will likely experience some discomfort or swelling; a dressing will be applied to assist in minimising this. In cases where it may be necessary, we will prescribe pain medication. This is an outpatient operation only.
Before and 3 Months After Cheek Implant
Oral health is very important following the cheek augmentation procedure, especially ensuring the incision site is kept clean. Our team will give in-depth instructions on how to manage this, but regular rinsing with warm salt water along with any prescribed antibiotics may be required to prevent infection. A cold pack on swollen areas can also be of significant benefit, and we recommend sleeping on your back until the swelling dissipates.
We will also schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery as part of our in-depth aftercare process.
The amount of time that the swelling may take to reduce after surgery will vary per patient. It is important to be aware that the final results of your new look may not be evident for some months. Depending on the type of implants selected for your procedure, the results can be very long-lasting.
It is important to remember that cheek implants are made from silicone, a fact that leads many people to question the safety of silicone implants. There is currently no definitive evidence that deems silicone as a harmful substance when it comes to cosmetic surgery. Solid silicone implants are different, liquid implants are used for breast implants.
It is also important to consider that it is unlikely this procedure will qualify for rebates from your private health insurer or Medicare.
We also make smokers aware that they are at an increased risk of complications as a result of smoking. It would be best if you quit smoking if you are seriously considering this procedure or any other cosmetic surgery.
Chin implants are another option for changing the features of the face, and much like cheek implants the implants can be made from various materials including silicone, polythene, or natural tissue from the body. Much like cheek implants, an incision is made under the chin or inside of the mouth. Operations which involve the use of your own tissue can require a cut to the bone of the chin which is then moved forward and secured with metal screws.
If you are considering chin implants along with cheek implants, this can be discussed during your consultation to see if these two procedures will provide the aesthetic look you desire and whether or not they can be performed at the same time for a more efficient recovery process.