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.