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Cheek Implant

When did they start this procedure?

Cheek implants have been around for over 40 years, but have they drastically changed over the years. In understanding any type of procedure, it is important to look at its history for valuable lessons, in order for the progress to be a success. And quite honestly, it’s very interesting to see where we have come in the last 40 years in the world of injectables and implants.

What is this procedure?

Cheek augmentation surgery (Cheek implant surgery) is a cosmetic procedure that involves placing implants in the cheeks in order to create a more balanced appearance. The procedure is most commonly sought by those who have experienced facial trauma, those who were born with certain facial defects and those who have experienced bone resorption due to aging, which has caused their faces to appear gaunt. Cheek augmentation is typically performed in a hospital or a licensed ambulatory surgery center and will use either general anesthesia, intravenous sedation or local anesthesia. If your cheek augmentation is performed using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

Who needs this procedure?

The goal of cheek augmentation is to add volume or lift to the cheeks. Some people are bothered by their cheeks losing volume, or even sagging, with age. Others never develop the desired volume in thThe cheeks are one of the three main landmarks of the face: chin, nose, and cheeks. When one of these is out of proportion, the entire facial structure may seem unbalanced. Cheek augmentation can correct this imbalance if you have shallow cheekbones. This may be the result of heredity or the reabsorption of bone tissue that occurs with aging. Candidates for cheek augmentation will likely have a flat, hollow look about their cheeks and often the eyes, which are better defined with higher, more prominent cheek bones.eir cheeks and are bothered by cheeks that may be considered flat or thin.

What is the advantage of this procedure?

Cheek implants increase the projection of the cheekbones. They add volume to areas that may be recessed or flat. High cheekbones are a thing of beauty in modern-day opinion. Unfortunately, they don’t come naturally to everyone. Even more unfortunate, the aging process can diminish the appearance of full cheeks in many of those who do have them. To achieve the right facial contour, adding volume to the cheeks could be a step in the right direction. If you haven’t considered cheek enhancement before, its many benefits should give you several reasons to think it over.

Are there non-surgical treatments?

Non-surgical cheek augmentation is a safe and effective way to have fuller and younger-looking cheeks without the pain, discomfort and risks involved in surgical cheek enhancement. Cheek enhancement with facial fillers can be completed in under an hour, and no downtime is involved. After treatment in our Beverly Hills medical spa, patients can resume normal activities, feeling rejuvenated and renewed. These procedures usually user filler to show the desired look.

What is the surgical treatment like local or sedation?

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include local anesthesia, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.The procedure can performed under general anesthesia for optimal comfort. This means you will be asleep for the entire procedure. Typically, the procedure is performed as outpatient surgery, but depending on your specific combination of procedures planned, you may need to stay overnight.

What is the recovery like?

The surgeon will put a dressing on the person’s face immediately after surgery, and this dressing will remain in place for two to three days. The person will experience some tenderness. Post-operative discomfort may be controlled with prescribed medications.Most people feel a stretched, tight sensation in the cheek area after getting cheek implants or fillers, but this usually subsides in a week. The final results of cheek augmentation surgery may be initially obscured by swelling. If your cheeks are augmented using fat transfer, the results will be based upon how much fat was injected into your cheeks and how much fat your body has retained. This can be determined by many factors, including surgical technique and your own body's individual metabolism. If solid cheek implants are used, then your final result will be more predictable. After about six weeks, most swelling goes down and people can start to see results. The doctor may recommend avoiding rigorous activity for the first few weeks after surgery, but most people can resume normal activities after about 10 days.

How long does it take?

A neck lift can take around two hours to complete, under a general anesthetic. If it is performed along with a face lift then this time will increase. It means an overnight stay in an aftercare or a hospital might be required. Your surgeon will make small incisions underneath your chin or behind your ears. He or she will move and tighten loose folds of skin around the jaw and neck. Once he/she has done so he/she will secure this newly tightened skin with stitches or tissue glue. There are two techniques with this – platysmaplasty which corrects the neck muscles and cervicoplasty which firms and tightens loose skin. Liposuction can be used in combination with this to help remove any excess fat. In order to reduce any scarring, your surgeon may use endoscopic or keyhole techniques.

How long has it been around?

Dermal Fillers have been around for over 40 years, but have drastically changed over the years. In understanding any type of injection, it is important to look at its history for valuable lessons, in order for progress to be a success. And quite honestly, it’s very interesting to see where we have come in the last 40 years in the world of injectables.

What are the complications?

There are several potential risks associated with cheek implant surgery, including: Bleeding, Bruising, Infection, Scarring, Swelling. Some of the potential complications that are specifically associated with cheek implant surgery include:Asymmetrical appearance of the face and cheeks, Capsular contracture, which is a rare complication characterized by the tightening of scar tissue around the implant and requires additional surgeries to correct, Change of sensitivity in the cheek area, though this usually returns to normal within a few months, Feeling unhappy with the results, Implant rejection, which occurs when the immune system reacts negatively to the implant, shifting of the implant, which may require subsequent surgeries to correct. Although it is normal to experience some soreness following cheek implant surgery, it is important to notify the surgeon if any other complications arise or if the pain is excessive.

What can you do to speed up recovery?

There will be a moderate amount of swelling around the cheek area and possibly under the eyes. This peaks at 48 to 72 hours after surgery and then starts to subside. Crushed ice applied to the cheeks will help during this time. Most of the visible swelling will disappear by about 2 weeks. There may still be a feeling of numbness, which means that some swelling is still present. It will take several weeks before the last bit of swelling has resolved. You should not sleep on your face for at least 6-8 weeks following surgery. Oral pain medication is used to control your post-operative discomfort.Your diet should be liquids (juices, milk, shakes, broths, etc.) the first 24 hours then you may start a soft diet. You should not eat foods that are hard or sharp (chips, Doritos, etc.) for 6-8 weeks after surgery. Always be sure to follow you primary care providers instructions for best results to be achieved.

Do you need to rest up afterwards and for how many days?

The average downtime after cheek implants is usually two weeks. The full swelling takes at least a month before it settles down and patients enjoy their new cheek augmentation. Two weeks is adequate time to get back into the workplace environment without anybody detecting that anything has been done.