Cheek implants improve the volume of a patients’ cheekbone that may be sunken or flat. The procedure itself implemented since 1956 proving to be an effective surgery.
Cheek implants exist in all shapes and sizes and can range from feeling rigid to incredibly flexible, while having the ability to be customised to suit a particular facial structure. Cheekbone implants such as hydroxyapatite implants will integrate with the face’s natural bone tissue and become a part of the cheek’s structure.
The surgeon will mark out the area on the patient’s skin where the implant is to be placed. The surgeon will make small incisions in the mouth or lower eyelids. The implants are then placed into small pockets crafted by the surgeon into the cheek tissue. The implant is carefully inserted using a sterile clamp, this is important to avoid contaminating the implant and causes complications.
The recovery time may take up to six weeks following the surgery. The initial forty-eight hours are the most uncomfortable and pain medication may be required. A cold pack may be recommended to assist in reducing the swelling and bruising following the surgery. Food intake is likely to be restricted initially especially with pain and swelling. Physical activities will also be restricted with strenuous activities discouraged during the recovery period. It is advisable to remain elevated to assist with pain and promote healing. Stitches may need to be removed five – ten days following the surgery.
Implants are a permanent procedure that should not require any maintenance or repetition. It is uncommon however implants may become infected or displaced which may require surgical correction.
Cheek facial implants should provide patients with enhanced confidence approximately six weeks following the surgery.