When it comes to the face, one of the areas that provides the most definition are the cheeks. If you weren’t blessed with prominent, distinguished cheeks, a cheek implant can achieve that ‘ultra-defined, appealing’ look you’ve been trying to get. Cheek implants also known as Cheek Augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure that enhances facial structure and definition. Facial implants have been used for a quite a number of years and instead of opting for a facial filler that results in a less permanent outcome, a cheek implant is the better of the two. If you’re looking to fix the lack of contour on your face and seeking a ‘natural glow’, cheek augmentation surgery would add quite the glimmer to your face.
Like any enhancement, procedure or examination done to the body, there is always the possibility of potential complications. Although uncommon in occurrence, cheek augmentation complications are possible and can happen. Whenever anesthesia is used, there is always a risk that goes hand-in-hand. Whether it be a reaction with a medication you are currently taking, if you’re a daily cigarette smoker or drug user, or your physiology is sensitive to the anesthetic medication it’s important to keep your surgeon fully informed on all ends. The opportunity of infection always poses a risk intra and post surgery. It’s extremely important to follow your surgeon’s suggestions when caring for your incisions post-procedure. Whenever anyone is inserting an implant, the risk of misplacement is possible. Be aware when choosing your surgeon to lower the possibility of having asymmetrical cheeks.
When preparing for your cheek augmentation surgery, it’s important to follow all instructions given to you from your doctor. If you are a current, everyday smoker be sure to refrain when asked according to your surgeon as smoking will interfere with healing and recovery. Being able to be in the best health is what will give you maximum results. Be sure to wash your face the morning of and not wear any makeup to your designated surgery facility. Washing your face will be a little difficult post surgery with your incisions so having a clean face is paramount. Abstaining from makeup will only keep your skin clean and will prevent you from having to remove it prior to the start of your surgery. Arranging for a ride to and from the surgical center is important as you may not be able to drive post-procedure. Wear loose clothing as you’ll be much more comfortable once the procedure is all over.
Since every patient is different and we all look different with various facial shapes and sizes, each procedure is variable. However, the steps involved for the surgery itself are all the same.
Step 1: Anesthesia will be given for your comfort
Step 2: Incisions will be made on the cheek that the surgeon feels will yield you the best results when it comes to hiding the scars, how the implants will fit etc.
Step 3: The implants are inserted and placed accordingly to fit your physiology
Step 4: The incisions are closed
Post procedure, most patients notice bruising, swelling, pain and discomfort as these are normal signs post procedure.
Upon the completion of your procedure, results will take a little time to fully show. Each patient is different in recovery times. It’s not until the swelling and bruising fully subside that the patient will see the cheek implant full effects. As stated above, most patients do experience pain and swelling however, the pain can be treated with pain medications and the swelling with cold compresses. It’s important to stay hydrated and get plenty of rest post procedure as this will help with the healing process. Keep in mind the importance of going to your scheduled follow-up appointment for your doctor to track your progress.