Pads of fat fill out the cheeks and give them
plumpness and definition. Aging can cause the fat pads to flatten, change
position and drop, or even disappear. These changes can give the face a sunken
or bony appearance and accentuate the appearance of facial lines and
wrinkles.Cheek augmentation can improve the contours of the face for people with
a sunken appearance or thin, flat cheeks caused by aging or heredity.
During the procedure, a cheek implant is placed on top of the cheekbones to fill out the cheeks, add definition to the face and bring the cheeks into better balance with the other facial features. Cheek augmentation can be performed alone or in conjunction with other facial procedures, such as a facelift, forehead lift, nose surgery, eyelid surgery or chin augmentation.
Types of Cheek Implants
Cheek implants come in different shapes and sizes to meet the individual needs of each patient. Most implants are made of solid silicone, a flexible and durable substance which is safe for use inside the body. After a few weeks, tissue forms around the implant for support, and the implant eventually feels like the normal underlying structure. Cheek implants can also be used for reconstructive purposes.
How Cheek Augmentation is Performed
The incisions for cheek augmentation are usually made inside the mouth near the gums or in the creases beneath the lower eyelashes. Cheek implants are inserted through the incisions into pockets in the facial tissue created by the surgeon on or just below the cheekbones.
If other facial procedures are being performed, your surgeon may be able to use the incisions for those procedures to place the implants. Cheek implants are sometimes secured to underlying structures with stitches or a small screw. After the implants are placed, the incisions are closed and a dressing applied to the skin.
Cheek augmentation usually takes from 1 to 2 hours to complete, depending on the specifics of the procedure. The surgery is generally performed as an outpatient procedure, allowing you to return to the comfort of home on the same day as the surgery. Cheek augmentation alone is usually performed using a local anesthetic to numb the face along with a mild sedative for relaxation. However, general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep, may be used if cheek augmentation is one of a combination of procedures.