Cheek implants are inserted to bring the cheek into better balance with other facial features. The implants themselves may be hard implantable material such as silicone or Medpore, or demineralized bone. Cheek implants may be inserted during other facial surgery such as rhinoplasty is done and/or during a face lift to correct sunken cheekbones.
Cheek implant surgery can be performed on any healthy adult. Your surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits of cheek implant surgery at your consultation to confirm that an implant is the best course of action for your particular needs.
How the Procedures is Performed
Cheek implant procedures are performed under local anesthesia plus sedation or general anesthesia in our Boca Raton accredited in-office surgery suite on an outpatient basis. If performed during another facial cosmetic procedure, such as a face lift, it will be done under general anesthesia. During the procedure, an incision is placed inside the cheek to enable us to insert the implants through the mouth. This avoids visible scarring on the face. Once inserted, the surrounding tissue is stitched to hold the implant in place. The procedure takes about 1-2 hours. It is very common for us to perform a cheek or midface lift while placing cheek implants. Please see additional mid-face lift section.
What to Expect During Recovery
For a cheek implant procedure, recovery time is 1 week and slightly longer if additional procedures were done. You will experience some swelling and bruising which can be relieved with pain medication and ice packs. Most patients are back to full activity within 2-4 days. When you leave our office after the procedure, your follow-up appointment will be set and youll visit us within a few days to check on your progress. Patients should avoid strenuous physical activity for about a month after their procedure and avoid any contact sports or other activities that might cause trauma to the implant areas, as this may damage the implants themselves.