How is cheek augmentation surgery performed?
The cheek augmentation surgery is most frequently performed using Light Sleep or General Anesthesia. Light Sleep Anesthesia is the use of medicines to induce a state of relaxation and a light sleep. General is more of a deep sleep and can either be in gaseous state (intubation) or intravenous.
This procedure takes from 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours to perform. It may take longer if you choose to have chin and cheek implants as well. Depending upon your facial structure the incisions will be placed as inconspicuously as possible within the hairline or within the mouth for cheek implants. Some doctors even place the incisions inside the lower eyelid area. The risk of infection is higher if an incision is placed within the mouth area but with proper post-operative care this risk can be decreased.
How long do cheek implants last?
How long is the "down time" for this procedure; how long should I expect to be out of work?
Is there a lot of swelling involved with cheek implants?
It is hard to say, but normally a face lift can last about 10 years. Of course, every case is individual and you will look younger regardless. This procedure can not stop you from aging but can lessen the appearance of your general sagginess and/or lines.
Originally cheek (malar) implants were used for reconstruction for birth defects and trauma related incidents. Now, they are being applied aesthetically to enhance a person's cheeks or to create symmetry within the facial structure. With cheek implants, the flatter face is transformed into one with chiseled features that can be very aesthetically pleasing.
There are also injectable options that do not create a bony structure but do augment the cheek area. Injectable fillers are often injected deep within the dermis and move when the skin and muscle moves. Permanent injectable fillers can not essentially be removed from the dermis without tissue excision if an infection, inflammation or discontent arises, Silicone and other implants, can be.
What are implants made from?
They are normally made from hard Silicone, however they can also be made from:
What are the different techniques in performing a Cheek augmentation?
There may be surgeons who only wish to use a certain implant type or a certain incision. Surgeons should give you a choice, as the updated techniques are less scarring than the previous ones. The doctor may prefer an intra-oral approach where the only incisions are placed within the mouth area. No visible scars are made with the inta-oral incisions, plus they heal much faster. However, oral techniques sometimes are plagued by a higher rate of infection. Especially in those with problems with apparent plaque build up or poor dental hygiene.
Check with your doctor on the preferred technique that he utilizes. He may very well prefer the traditional methods out of not being aware of the newer ones or he may very well offer only the newer ones, with the thought that the older techniques are simply, out of date. This subject varies with surgeon to surgeon.
What are the risks of cheek augmentation?
What does a typical cheek augmentation consultation entail?
Firstly, your doctor will discuss your goals with you and he or she will explain what can be achieved realistically. The usual goal is to augment a lacking cheekbone structure. Although, some of you may want to rejuvenate your face, others may change the structure of your face dramatically for that cat walk model cheek bone look. Discuss with your surgeon the goals and general result you would like to achieve. It is all individual.
Your doctor will take into account your facial dimensions and natural face shape. There are many types of malar and submalar implants. The placement as well as the size of the cheek implants will be determined by you and your doctor. Don't be afraid to speak your mind during this time. Computer imaging is helpful in conveying your desires and expectations but should not be relied upon.
What should I expect post-operatively?
Although, there is normally no extensive pain related to cheek implantation, pain medication is prescribed beforehand. You may feel a degree of numbness that will normally disappear within 1 to 3 months. You may continue to wear a support brace while you sleep to allow your tissues and implant to heal in the desired position and prevent shifting in the first few weeks.
Don't be alarmed at the presence of bruising and swelling. The swelling will begin to disappear within the first 5 to 7 days. Many patients return to work with the help of camouflaging cosmetics at about 5 days post-op. The swelling resembles inflammation of wisdom teeth or their removal and sometimes this excuse is used at the office. Although please realize that the swelling may be apparent for months and the defined, chiseled look that you so desire may not become evident for quite a while.
Things to be alarmed about that are not normal:
When will I be able to see the results?
When will the sutures be taken out and does this hurt?
Will there be scarring? If so where will the scars be located?