Cheek implant procedures are also called cheek augmentation and they are used to produce a more youthful facial profile. Through the insertion of small synthetic implants, you can redefine the cheekbones and restore proportion to the face. Cheek implants have been used since 1956 and are considered a relatively safe, effective method of facial contouring today.
Who is it For?
Dr. Sanjay Sharma may recommend cheek implants for the following reasons:
- Enhance and define the contour of the mid-face
- Restore volume to the cheek area that has been lost through the aging process
- Bring balance and symmetry to the cheek area
- Correct asymmetry caused by injury or a birth defect
Cheek implants are often performed as a single procedure. However, some patients may choose to combine cheek implants with other cosmetic treatments, such as a facelift, rhinoplasty or injectable fillers.
How does it Work?
A cheek implant may be performed on an outpatient basis at SKS Plastic Surgery. Dr. Sharma usually performs the procedure under local anesthesia and sedation, to reduce a patient’s recovery time after surgery. Implants are chosen prior to surgery, ensuring the right size and shape to fit a patient’s facial contours.
Incisions for the cheek implants are usually made inside the mouth so there is no visible scarring afterward. Recovery from cheek augmentation is usually relatively quick, with most patients on oral pain medication for a couple of days after the procedure and back to work and regular activities within one week.
What does it Do?
Because there is often some mild swelling and bruising after cheek augmentation, it may be difficult to see full results right away. Most patients begin to see these results within a week or two, as the area heals from surgery. Cheek implants are a permanent means of changing the facial profile, although some patients do require replacement of implants over time due to damage or fracture of the implants.
Cheek implants are a way to create a new facial contour with no visible scarring and minimal downtime afterward. To learn more about this procedure, or other options in facial contouring, contact SKS Plastic Surgery at 512-324-8320.