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Cheek Implants

A facial implant is a procedure in which synthetic materials, such as silicone, are used to provide cosmetic definition to the face, and typically performed on a patient’s chin, cheeks, and/or jaw. These implants are crafted to the patient’s needs, although alternatives can include injectable fillers. A facial implant is designed to add body, contour, and structure to the face for aesthetic enhancement.

What it is

Surgical option for augmenting and enhancing the cheeks are fat grafting/transfer (where a patient's own fat is used) or the use of solid cheek implants. 

What It Does

 

The goal of cheek augmentation is to add volume or lift to the cheeks. Some people are bothered by their cheeks losing volume, or even sagging, with age. Others never develop the desired volume in their cheeks and are bothered by cheeks that may be considered flat or thin.

​Solution for

 

  • Loss of volume

  • Sagging skin

  • Hollow cheeks

  • Sunken cheeks

Cost

The average cost of cheek implants is  between $2,400 to $5,000.

Cheek augmentation costs can widely vary. The average fee referenced above is only part of the total cost – it does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

Procedure

Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include local anesthesia, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.


Step 2 – The incision
A cheek augmentation requires different incisions based on the technique used. If fat transfer is used to enhance your cheeks, you will likely have a small incision near the area of fat that is harvested and small incisions near your cheeks. These incisions usually measure just several millimeters in length. If solid cheek implants are used, then the incision is based on your surgeon's preferred approach. Some plastic surgeons insert cheek implants through an incision inside the mouth, whereas other plastic surgeons perform the operation through an incision under your eyelid.


Step 3 – Closing the incisions
Sutures, skin adhesives or tapes close the skin incisions.


Step 4 – See the results
Your cheek augmentation will result in fuller and possibly softer-appearing cheeks. Some patients find that their cheeks can even appear lifted. The results of solid cheek implants are permanent, whereas the results from fat transfer may last several years.

After the procedure

  • The recovery phase for facial implants varies from patient to patient. Most patients can return to work or play in 1-2 weeks. Further healing changes occur for 6-12 weeks.

  • Changes are noticeable almost immediately, however the final result will be covered by the initial stages of swelling and bruising.

  • Facial movements may be restricted temporarily and it is important to avoid any excessive force or contact with the site of surgery during the recovery phase.

  • Dissolvable stitches are commonly used, otherwise sutures are removed within 2 weeks of the procedure.

Side Effects

  • Bleeding

  • Infection

  • Poor healing of incisions

  • Hematoma

  • Anesthesia risks

  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)

  • Skin loss

  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation

  • Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling

  • Unfavorable scarring

  • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)

  • Fatty cysts

  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications

  • Thick scar tissue around cheek implant (capsular contracture)

  • Cheek implant displacement

  • Asymmetry

  • Lumpiness

  • Blindness (rare complication of fat transfer)

  • Suboptimal aesthetic result

  • Possibility of revisional surgery

  • Persistent pain

  • Poor aesthetic result of donor site for fat transfer 

What Could Go Wrong


A facelift can occasionally result in problems, including:

  • a collection of blood underneath the skin (haematoma)

  • nerve injury and loss of sensation or movement in the face

  • asymmetrical facial features  – including the position of the earlobe 

  • hair loss or a small but permanent reduction in hair growth around the scars

  • thick, obvious scars developing

  • Any type of operation also carries a small risk of:

  • excessive bleeding

  • developing a blood clot in a vein

  • infection

  • an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic


The surgeon should explain how likely these risks and complications are, and how they would be treated if they occurred.

 

Occasionally, patients find the desired effect wasn't achieved and feel they need another operation. You should check how this would be funded with your surgeon.

Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following

  • Shortness of breath

  • Chest pain

  • An unusual heart rate

  • Severe new eye pain

  • Bleeding

  • Vision problems

Long Term Results

Cheek Implants are permanent and designed to last a lifetime.