Plastic Surgery

Cheek surgery

What is the Cheek surgery?

Cheek surgery is the use of synthetics or biologicals to augment, or make the malar and submalar structure of the face more prominent. It can give balance to an otherwise less defined face or further augment an already existent cheek structure.

What is the procedure?

Depending upon the amount of augmentation and the technique or material used (if applicable), cheek augmentation can last about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Possibly more if bone grafts, reconstruction, revision surgery or additional procedures are performed.

What kind of result can you expect?

Cheek implants can add balance to the facial features, and also increase the symmetry of the face. In general, women will benefit more from a softer-looking implant, while men tend to benefit most from cheek implants that create a more angular, masculine appearance.

Recovery period and recommendations

Immediately after the surgery, the surgeon usually applies a dressing that will remain in place for two to three days. You will experience some tenderness. Post-operative discomfort can be controlled with prescribed medications. Swelling is sometimes significant immediately following surgery, usually peaking 24 to 48 hours afterward.

Chewing will probably be limited immediately after cheek surgery and a liquid and soft food diet may be required for a few days after surgery. Most patients feel a stretched, tight sensation after the surgery, but this usually subsides in a week. You should be aware that your ability to move your mouth and lips may be diminished temporarily. Stitches used to close the incisions inside your mouth usually dissolve within about 10 days.

Mouth hygiene is important. Avoid brushing your upper teeth and using a gargle frequently.

Although most of the significant swelling will subside over a period of several days, prolonged mild swelling may prevent your final facial contour from becoming apparent for several months. Normal activity can be resumed after approximately ten days.

Possible side effects and complications

Possible risks and complications of cheek augmentations surgery include:

- infection. You could develop a post-operative infection and need to have the implants removed, the infection dealt with and still has to wait for several months before an additional surgery can be performed to re-implant. Infections usually occur with the first few weeks;

- hematoma and/or seroma;

- implant shifting (displacement) and asymmetry. There could be asymmetry due to malposition of the implant by the surgeon, swelling, trauma, hematoma, or general. There is also the risk of "shifting". If this happens a second surgery may be needed to reposition the implant;

- extended loss of sensation (numbness).

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