Full cheeks are a sign of youth, but when cheeks lose volume due to age or are naturally deficient, cheek augmentation can enhance their appearance. Cheek augmentation replenishes hollow contours through several options. Implants, fillers, or fat transfers can be used by Dr. Chan. With implants, the doctors can place them either directly on or below the cheekbone. Fillers like Juvederm can add temporary plumpness for those preferring a noninvasive procedure. In addition, fat grafting will take fat from another body part where it will be injected into the cheeks.
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Cheek implants are either placed within the malar (directly on the cheek bone) or submalar (below the cheekbone) area. These are inserted through incisions made typically within the upper lip or below the eyes. Implants can vary in type, size, and shape depending on the analysis of the cheek structure. Listed below are the common methods used for cheek augmentation techniques.
Silicone is a permanent solution to add volume to the cheeks with a variety of shapes and sizes that match the patient’s preference. The surgeon will consider the silicone shape and size, as well as the definition the implant will provide after a digital analysis of the patient’s face structure has been assessed. Pockets will be made directly against the cheekbone where the implants will be fitted and sutured. This type of silicone is unlike the silicone gel found in breast implants and it is a safer option, as it is in solid form and does not run any risks of leakage.
Another popular implant option is porous polyethylene, which is also inserted the same way as a silicone implant. Because the material is porous, it shapes naturally according to the cheek’s internal contours. This type of implant also attaches better to the bones and tissues, and allows tissue to grow through it further adjusting it to the cheek’s natural form. A disadvantage with this implant is that because of this tissue integration, it is quite difficult to remove the implant should the patient want it taken out.
This is a natural occurring substance within the body and often found in the connective tissue. It is processed as an injectable filler for medical purposes, including cosmetic surgery. The least invasive of all procedures, the filler is injected in deep layers within the mid-face area. While most fillers create beautiful, natural results, the outcome is not permanent. Most fillers will last approximately 6-12 months.
Another natural substance that can be injected into the mid-face to enhance volume is the patient’s own fat tissues. These tissues are harvested from donor sites using liposuction, and then reinjected into the cheeks. Fat can also be absorbed by the body over time, so similar to an injectable filler, this option does not create a permanent result.
Cheek augmentation is done as an outpatient procedure with the use of anesthesia. It is performed in an accredited surgical facility and normally takes up to 1 hour to complete. Bruising, swelling and numbness are a part of the immediate recovery and usually subside within the second week. Although the result is instantly noticeable, the results will become softer and more natural over the course of a few months, as the implant settles into its new position.
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Cheek Implant FAQs
Implants or Fillers?
Generally, both have long-standing records when it comes to safety. The major concern that many patients have is how permanent the results are. Injectable fillers are mostly temporary. As these are manufactured from natural substances, a great volume of the filler is absorbed by the body. Silicone implants are made solid in this type of augmentation and has no risk of leakage, which renders them more permanent than the other materials.
Initially, the face will feel stretched and tight as the implants settle into its position. This is normal; the sensation will gradually disappear over the course of a month. It is important to find a plastic surgeon that has a good track record in performing facial procedures to ensure that the results will be fitting with the patient’s aesthetic goals.
Will There Be Scars?
Since the incisions are made within the mouth and underneath the upper lip, the scars will not be visible. The scars will dissolve on their own.