As fullness and volume in the mid-face decrease over time, your cheeks may be left looking gaunt and hollow. Cheek augmentation with facial implants is the most effective way to rejuvenate the cheek area, as this procedure can plump the mid-face and improve facial contours.
Cheek augmentation can also help tighten sagging skin in patients who experience mild skin laxity; however, if skin laxity is more pronounced, a mid-face or cheek lift may be needed to remove loose, excess skin.
Who is a good candidate for cheek augmentation?
The negative effects of aging aren’t the only reason people pursue cheek augmentation. Some people are simply born with a facial structure that causes a lack of prominence in the cheek area. Cheek implants can correct this imperfection, balance your face, and enhance your facial characteristics.
The best candidates for cheek augmentation with facial implants include men and women who:
- Are non-smokers and in good health
- Have small cheeks lacking fullness
- Suffer from facial asymmetry
- Wish to restore volume to the mid-face
- Desire increased harmony between their facial features
- Want permanent cheek augmentation results
Injectable fillers, such as Radiesse, can also be used to provide temporary cheek augmentation results, but cheek implants are a far better option for patients who want long-term volume restoration in the mid-face area.
How is a cheek augmentation performed?
Cheek implants, like chin implants and other facial implants, are typically made of silicone rubber and come in a variety of anatomical shapes and sizes to match each patient’s needs.
Cheek implant surgery may be performed while patients are under general, sedation or local anesthesia. It takes about an hour to 90 minutes to complete. Placing cheek implants requires only small incisions, hidden inside the patient’s mouth, so there are no visible indicators that your cheeks have been surgically enhanced.
Cheek implants are precisely placed in a pocket and secured so that they will not migrate or move over time. As your face changes over the years, revision procedures may be necessary to keep your cheek augmentation results looking natural, but in general, cheek implants are designed to last a lifetime.
After Your Cheek Augmentation
Most patients can return to their work and their normal daily activities within a week of cheek augmentation surgery, and may resume exercise and other strenuous activities within three to four weeks. Some swelling and bruising may be present for two weeks after the procedure, however, this can be minimized by using cold compresses and gently applying makeup to the midface.
Take all pain medication and antibiotics as prescribed during your cheek augmentation recovery period to reduce discomfort and prevent infection. Although your stitches will dissolve within a few weeks and do not need to be removed by Dr. Will, you should still attend all follow-up appointments so he can assess your results and ensure you are healing properly.
After the initial cheek augmentation recovery period has passed, your final results will gradually become more visible over the next several weeks. At six months post-op, your cheeks will look fuller and more symmetrical, and your skin will tighten up. No scars will be visible, and your facial contours will have a naturally youthful appearance.