Cheek Implants can be used to Augment the Cheek and enhance the beauty of the face. A deficient cheek structure can make your face appear drawn and gaunt. It may give the appearance of heaviness in the lower face and an aged look of the under eye area. Cheeks which are too fatty, or large, can make us look overweight and heavy.
Cheek implants is the surgical use of sterile synthetics or biological implants to bring the cheek into better balance with your other facial features. It is very common to have cheek implants when a nose job (rhinoplasty) is being done. The outcome should be a balanced relationship between the structures of the face and may bolster your self-esteem because you look better.
The surgeon makes a small incision near where the implant will be placed. The incision is made either in the crease under your lower eyelashes or inside the mouth where your gums and lips meet. Then, the surgeon creates a pocket in the facial tissue. The implant is inserted and sometimes stitched to more solid internal facial features that lie deeper in the skull. Then, the incision is closed, often with one stitch.
The cheek implant surgery procedure usually takes 45 minutes to an hour and a half. It is commonly performed alone or in combination with forehead, eyelid, facelift, nose or chin surgery. Sometimes, cheek implants are designed for reconstructive or rejuvenation. When the most common implant, silicone rubber, is used, supportive tissue eventually forms around the implant after a few weeks. Once fully healed, the implant feels like your normal underlying bone structure.
After the surgery, you can expect some swelling, mild bruising and minimal pain. Typical cheek implant procedures create some numb areas around the cheeks and mouth but they rarely last long. Most patients have mild to moderate discomfort for one to two days. It may be normal to experience temporary difficulty in smiling and talking after the operation. You can usually return to work and other normal activities within a week. The operation is usually performed in the surgeon's office or in an outpatient surgical center.
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