The contours of your face create highlights and soft shadows that give you a more attractive appearance. Several facial features, such as your cheek bones, chin, and nose, also bring balance to your face. If you have smaller, less prominent cheek bones, your cheek area appears flat and recessed. Cheek Implants improve the balance of your facial features by bringing those features into proportion with each other. Cheek Implants also introduce appealing soft shadows to your face that frame the natural beauty of your lips, nose, and eyes. Dr. Brian Maloney and his team of experts can give you the sculpted face that you have always wanted!
About the Procedure
Cheek Implant surgery usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes. When Cheek Implants are being placed in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure, such as a Face Lift, Mini Face Lift, Forehead Lift, or Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty), the implants may be inserted through the incisions made for those procedures. Otherwise, an incision will be made either inside your upper lip (inside the mouth) or your lower eyelid. A pocket is then formed, and an implant is inserted. The implant is placed directly on (or even below) the cheekbone. The implants vary in size and shape.
In the early days following the surgery, the treated area may feel tight, swollen, and uncomfortable. Pain medication is provided to lessen any discomfort. Movement of the mouth may feel tight, due to the swelling. Dr. Maloney will give you information on post-operative care, including limits on physical activities and diet. If incisions are made inside the mouth, you may be placed on a soft diet for several days until there is adequate healing to allow for chewing and food particles to come in contact with the stitches. When the incisions are placed on the inside of the mouth, patients should rinse the inside of the mouth with a half strength hydrogen peroxide solution after meals and before bedtime for the first week. Stitches in the mouth dissolve in approximately 10 days. Swelling generally subsides quickly, but this varies, particularly if Cheek Implants were performed in conjunction with another surgery
Patients will immediately notice that their cheeks are fuller. For most patients the majority of the swelling resolves by the end of two weeks. A small amount of swelling may be present for 3-6 months. Final evaluation of the surgery generally occurs at six months. Scars are generally well hidden under the upper lip or inside the eyelid. Most patients are able to resume normal activities after one to two weeks, but you should avoid exercise and other strenuous activities for at least two weeks. Mild bruising may still be evident, but cosmetics may be used to cover it if you have no visible incisions and did not also undergo laser treatments on your skin.
Candidates for Cheek Implants
If your natural cheek structure lacks appealing contours and angles, Dr. Maloney may recommend cheek implants to improve the overall balance of your facial features. A variety of materials are used for Cheek Implants, and Dr. Maloney helps you understand the best choice of Cheek Implants for your needs. Sometimes the cheeks can also be filled up with a hyaluronic filler to give the patient an idea of the impact a Cheek Implant can have.
Benefits of Cheek Implants
The bones of the face provide the framework for the overlying skin. Facial weaknesses may occur as a result of heredity or trauma. Cheek Implants can enhance facial contours and brings balance to the facial features. It is a simpler method to correct asymmetries and congenital defects than craniofacial surgery.