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The Cheek Augmentation procedure is used to correct cheeks that may lost volume over the years. A patient may feel this makes them look much older than what they really are. Specially designed Cheek Implants are used to restore volume and reshape the facial contours to give a more oval or heart shape which is more aesthetically pleasing. Cheek augmentation is performed to improve the balance of the face with the forehead, nose and chin. Cheek Implants can improve self-confidence especially in patients whose cheek is flat in relation to the other facial features.
The normal cheek has a prominence just below the level of the lower eyelids and gives an oval shaped curve to the face. A Lack of volume or flattening can give the face a long thin appearance which accentuates an aged appearance. The flat cheek may arise as a genetic feature or result from trauma to the cheek or be the result of ageing. The aesthetics of the face requires that each part is in harmony with the others. Therefore a flattened cheek may detract from the aesthetics of the eyes, nose or mouth. The resulting facial imbalance can have a major impact on the psychological well being of the patient resulting in low self-esteem. Cheek augmentation surgery to enhance (augment) the cheek aims to restore the balance and provide a natural aesthetic appearance.
At Centre for Surgery, cheek augmentation is performed with the patient under twilight anaesthesia, which means pain and discomfort is almost minimal to none.
The procedure can take up to approximately an hour for completion.
Cheek Augmentation with implants are commonly performed together with other facial procedures such as Facelift, Browlift, or chin implants as well as necklift.
No extensive pain is associated with the procedure, however, you may experience some numbness for 1-2 months following your cheek augmentation which will disappear over time. Also expect some swelling and bruising for the first few days and it is absolutely normal.
You will have to wear a support garment for cheek augmentation with implants to prevent the implants from moving and let it adjust to the desired position. It is possible to insert implants without scarring, however it also depends on the incision your surgeon makes so it is important that you address it during your consultation.
The results are immediate but the implants will look quite large due to the swelling you will experience during the recovery period. Most people are known to see their final results about almost 7 months after the initial surgery.
There will be swelling and bruising for the first few days and your surgeon may prescribe pain medication to aid with the discomfort. Most patients go back to work within a week, however, extensive physical activity like gym sessions should only be resumed after the sixth week following the surgery.
- Enhances the periorbital region of the cheeks
- Helps achieve fuller cheeks for youthful and attractive appearance
- Defined facial structure overall
- Aesthetically enhancement is undetectable
- Helps boost up self-esteem and self-confidence
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with cheek augmentation surgery.
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
The chin implants procedure is performed purely for cosmetic purposes, to help improve one’s image and self-esteem.
What is Cheek Augmentation?
Cheek implants are inserted through the mouth into the cheek under the facial muscles and periosteum overlying the cheek bones. The appropriate sized implant will be advised to provide a natural aesthetically balanced result. Cheek Augmentation procedure is carried out to reshape the middle part of the face to achieve a more aesthetically balanced facial appearance or restore a more youthful look. It can be done with implants or with fat grafting.
What are the benefits of cheek sugmentation surgery using cheek implants?
The cheeks should have volume which helps to enhance the perorbital region. Full cheeks portray youth and an attractive face. Aesthetically balanced cheek enhancement should be almost undetectable as the cheeks should be in harmony with the rest of the face. This result can restore self-confidence and boost self-esteem.
Am I the ideal patient for cheek augmentation Surgery using cheek Implants?
If you would like to improve your face to achieve an aesthetically pleasing and youthful appearance of the cheeks then cheek augmentation surgery may be right for you. Cheek Augmentation Surgery can correct deformities resulting from an injury or with which you were born or developed in adulthood. You should be realistic as to what can be achieved by cheek augmentation Surgery and understand the side effects and potential complications of the cheek augmentation procedure.
Does Cheek Augmentation Surgery require a general anaesthetic?
Cheek Augmentation surgery is performed under twilight anaesthetic, commonly as a day-case procedure.
How long is the Cheek Implants procedure?
Cheek Augmentation Surgery normally takes approximately one hour to perform depending on the complexity of the surgery and any other procedures performed at the same time.
Will a compression garment be required after cheek sugmentation surgery?
In most cheek augmentation Surgery procedures, a facial support garment is fitted at the end of surgery to help control bruising and swelling and reduce movement post operatively. This should be worn day and night for the first week.
Can Cheek Augmentation Surgery be performed at the same time as other procedures?
Yes, Cheek Augmentation with Implants, is commonly performed together with other facial procedures such as Facelift, Browlift, or chin implants as well as necklift.
How long is the recovery time after Cheek Implants?
About one week of bruising and mild soreness. Patients can go back to their normal daily activities after one week, but avoid gym activity for six weeks.
What are the risks of Cheek Augmentation Surgery?
Common to all surgical procedures there are always risks associated with surgery. However, complications are uncommon. Bruising can occur and may take 2 weeks to resolve, while major bleeding is rare. Infection is infrequent (less than 0.5%) and will require a course of appropriate antibiotics. Displacement of the implants can occur in the early postoperative course. This is prevented by avoiding pressure on the cheeks – sleeping, massaging the face or excessive movement. Some altered sensation around the cheeks is expected and will commonly return to normal between 6 to 12 weeks after surgery.
How long do the results last?
The results of Cheek Augmentation surgery are permanent but note that as you age your cheeks will change over the years. For example, the tissues around the cheek will continue to be affected by the aging changes and gravity.
Is there an alternative to a cheek augmentation or cheek implants?
Cheek augmentation using an injectable product such as Restylane can provide good improvement in the shape and symmetry of the face in a simple local anaesthetic treatment. This will require repeated treatments to maintain the desired result. Alternatively, fat grafting can be performed to enhance the cheeks with a long lasting result using your own transferred fat.