Individuals who would like to add contour and definition to facial features can benefit from facial implants. Cheek implants can add volume to the cheeks for a more youthful and defined appearance. Cheek implants are most often used to restore sagging mid-facial soft tissues, thus postponing the need for a facelift. However, this procedure can also be performed in conjunction with a facelift to better define the enhancement. There are many options for aesthetic cheek surgery, depending on your particular appearance, and the look you wish to attain. The procedure adds volume to the cheek by effectively augmenting the bone structure of the cheek region, enhancing the foundation of your mid-face.
About the surgery
Cheek implants can be made of solid silicone or other non-reactive materials such as Medpor. During your consultation with Dr. Heinrich he will discuss with you the best approach and preference to meet your aesthetic goal. A small incision is made under the upper lip, in the lower eyelid, or in the hairline and an implant with a biologically correct shape is inserted over the natural cheekbone contour. The implant is secured either by designing a well fitting pocket, or affixing it to soft tissue or bone. The procedure is commonly combined with other procedures, such as a face lift or chin augmentation. Cheek implant surgery is performed under local anesthesia and light sedation. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and lasts approximately one hour.
What to expect after the surgery
Recovery after cheek implant surgery depends on the type of surgical approach utilized and if other procedures are performed at the same time. You may experience some bruising and swelling. This is normal and will start to diminish within five to seven days. Keeping your head elevated helps the swelling resolve sooner. Dr. Heinrich will provide prescription medication to relieve any discomfort. The sutures, if any, will be removed between three to 10 days depending on your individual case. If the eyelid approach was utilized, you will be instructed to rest your eyes, and utilize lubricants to prevent dryness during the post-surgery swelling phase. If your incision was made orally, you will be advised to chew soft or liquid foods and maintain excellent oral hygiene during the healing process. You will be advised as to when you can return to normal activity which in many patients is within five to seven days.
Results of cheek implant surgery are immediate. Recovery from this surgery usually takes about ten days. Cheek implants are designed to last a lifetime.
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