Cheek implants, or “augmentation” is indicated in patients who lack prominent cheekbones, or who have lost significant cheek volume because of aging. It can be done by itself, or in conjunction with other procedures. The result is a subtle enhancement of the face, creating a more youthful and fuller face.
During your consultation, we will carefully examine your face to see if cheek implants are right for you, and if so, which type. If implants aren’t right for you, we will discuss the alternatives that apply to your situation.
Cheek implants are typically placed under general anesthesia and are done on an outpatient basis. We typically perform this procedure using minimally invasive techniques. Using incisions hidden inside the mouth, a pocket is created for the implant. Once the implant is secure, a tape dressing is applied and left in place for a few days to help secure the implant in place.
There is minimal bruising and discomfort with this procedure. Some swelling is anticipated and gradually comes down for a natural, fuller cheek appearance. There might be some numbness of the cheek, but this is short-lived. After a short time period, the silastic implant incorporates into the surrounding cheek structures, and you’ll forget that it is even there!