Cheek augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure that seeks to improve the overall appearance of the chin. The most common cheek augmentation technique is to insert implants into the cheeks in order to give the cheeks more volume and increase cheekbone definition.
Why cheek implants?
Due to factors like gravity and aging, our skin loses its elasticity and starts to droop and sag. This can result in a loss of volume and your face begins to look sunken and gaunt. Genetic factors could also cause someone to have flatter, less defined cheeks, making them look older prematurely.
What are the benefits of cheek augmentation
There are a variety of benefits to getting cheek implants, including:
- Higher, more defined cheek bones
- More contoured facial structure
- Better overall facial proportions
- Added volume
- Biocompatible materials
- Correction of facial imbalances
- Permanent enhancements
Different types of cheek implants
Chin implants are usually made from medical grade silicone. A composite material that will naturally fuse with the cheekbones may be used sometimes.
Depending on the patient’s conditions and expectations, cheek implants usually have 3 main shapes:
The experience of getting cheek implants at The Clifford Surgery
A thorough consultation with our surgeon will first be conducted so that results of what to expect can be aligned.
You have the choice to undergo this surgery under either local or general anaesthesia.
The cheek implants will be inserted from an incision from within the mouth or through the upper eyelid. The insertion point will largely depend on the patient’s preferences as well as the surgeon’s recommendation and preference. The surgeon will then make sure that the implants are positioned correctly, before sewing the incisions shut with biocompatible absorbable sutures. These sutures will naturally be reabsorbed into the body over time.
This entire procedure takes around 30 to 90 minutes to complete.
Possible risks and complications
As with all plastic surgery procedures, cheek implants have some potential risks and complications.
Most, if not all of these can be avoided with good surgery technique. Be sure to consult a experienced, skilled and reputable plastic surgeon for your cheek implants.
Yes, there are other options to improve the appearance of your cheeks, such as cheek fillers as well as fat grafting. Go to our fat grafting page and our cheek fillers page to learn more about these procedures.
Cheek augmentation procedures usually takes about 30 to 90 min to complete, depending on the complexity of the operation.
During a cheek implant surgery, you will be under general anaesthesia. This ensures that the surgery will be pain free and you can have peace of mind while you sleep.
Cheek implants are generally a safe procedure and complications are rare. As cheek implants are an invasive surgical procedure, they come with a certain degree of potential risk of complications. These complications might include:
- Heavy bleeding
- Nerve damage
- Swelling of the infection site
- Damage to facial muscles
After a cheek implant, patients usually have to wear a special type of dressing called a compression dressing for a few days following the surgery. You are allowed to resume your daily activities after a week and swelling should heal completely after two full weeks.
It is important to follow the aftercare procedures as well as to go to a surgeon with ample experience with the surgery in order to avoid these. Going to an experienced, skilled surgeon will largely mitigate the probability of any complications happening.
It is important to discuss your needs and expectations honestly with your surgeon so that the final result will be desirable. It will also help the surgeon understand what you want and for him to recommend the best type of implants for you.
It is also important to be precise about what medication or health supplementation you are currently taking. Your surgeon might recommend that you cease consumption of certain medicines before and after the surgery. For smokers, it is recommended that you cease smoking for at least 1 ½ months before the surgery in order to avoid any potential complications.
Make sure to follow the post care procedures your doctor recommends closely. It is important to wear the compression bandage that will be provided to you for at least 3 days post-surgery. Take note that the swelling will take up to 2-3 weeks to fully subside.
You can go back to your usual daily life after one week, but avoid intense exercise or strenuous activity for at least 2-3 weeks.
For cheek implants where incisions were made through the mouth, avoid eating spicy foods or foods that could irritate the inside of your mouth until you are fully healed.