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:

  • Temperature elevation greater than 101 degrees
  • Sudden swelling or sudden discoloration
  • Hemorrhage
  • Increasing redness and tenderness of the wound edges indicating infection
  • Allergic reaction to drugs
  • Shifting of the implant