What Is A Cheek Enhancement?
The cheeks play a prominent role in facial appearance. The fuller more prominent cheek is associated with a youthful appearance. Aging results in descending of the fat pads in the cheeks as well as decreasing in volume. The surgical placement of cheek implants at Sargent Plastic Surgery in Salt Lake City and Bountiful, Utah, is designed to enhance cheek fullness and contour.
A less invasive option is to use soft tissue fillers or a patient’s own fat to augment this area.
Who Is A Candidate For A Cheek Enhancement?
If healthy, with realistic expectations you could be a candidate for cheek implants if:
You have loss of volume and contour in cheeks from aging
Congenitally flat cheeks with no prominence
More prominent “cheekbones.”
Careful preoperative education and good communication with your surgeon should be done to avoid over augmentation with facial imbalance.
How Is The Procedure Performed?
A small incision is made inside the mouth and a pocket created over the cheekbone area. Custom implants (usually silicone) are positioned and secured to increase fullness and improve contour. The incision is closed with dissolvable sutures.
What Is Recovery From This Procedure
The operation takes approximately 30-90 minutes and is performed as an outpatient. Mild discomfort is to be expected with swelling that can last several weeks. Strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks and resume normal activities in 7-10 days.
Transient numbness can occur but usually resolves in several weeks.
Length Of Procedure
Intravenous sedation or general anesthesia
Length Of Stay
Mild to moderate discomfort and swelling
Swelling is resolved in 2-3 weeks
Back to work in one week
Hidden within mouth
Risks / Possible Complications
Serious complications are rare however the risks include:
Numbness of cheek – usually temporary
Asymmetry or displacement of the implant
Extrusion of implant – rare
Soft tissue fillers