Cheek Bone Augmentation
Prominent cheeks are considered cosmetically pleasing but in some people, the cheekbone is not prominent which brings a much flattened facial appearance. Cheek augmentation is performed to emphasize the appearance of the cheekbones and bring an attractive outlook. Fattened faces are mostly seen in some ethnic groups with inherited differences or after injuries to the face. A cheekbone augmentation can help to improve the facial contour and the overall size of the cheeks. The procedure emphasizes on highlighting the cheekbones by filling up the sunken cheeks to obtain a dramatic difference in the facial appearance. However, the augmentation technique may vary depending on the surgeon. Cheek augmentation options include synthetic implants, injectable fillers or natural tissue grafts.
Are you a Good Candidate for Cheekbone Augmentation?
Cheekbone augmentation is a common procedure that is undergone by both men and women. Anyone who is not satisfied with their cheekbones or the overall facial appearance and wants to achieve a plumper or better cheekbone is considered as a good candidate for the procedure. In general, patients must have to be in good health and at a stable weight in order to be eligible for undergoing the procedure. For cases of pre-existing dental or sinus issues in the patients, such conditions need to be treated before undergoing the procedure.
A cheekbone augmentation procedure is intended for those candidates who have poorly defined cheeks or people with hollow or sagging cheek tissues due to loss of tissues. Flattened cheekbones may also occur due to other conditions like heredity driven factors or aging. Patients who have experienced some trauma, injury or congenital deformities may also choose to undergo a cheekbone augmentation to improve the facial features.
- Cheek augmentation procedures normally take 30 minutes to two hours to complete depending on individual condition. The procedure is typically performed under local or general anesthesia so that the patients do not experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
- The surgeon makes an incision that is located either in the lower eyelid or on the inner side of the mouth to make the scars inconspicuous. If surgeons perform the procedure in combination with other surgical work, the implants may be placed through the incisions required for the other procedures.
- However, through the incisions, the surgeon places the synthetic silicone implant or the natural donor tissues, such as bone grafts or excess fat (that was extracted from other parts of the body). The cheekbone implants used are designed to be flexible to improve the underlying bone structure and soft tissues that contribute to a perfect cheek contour.
- Once the implant is inserted into the cheeks by the surgeon to achieve the most natural appearance. At the end of the procedure, the incisions are sutured.
Now the surgical enhancement of the cheeks can be performed by using implants. There are several types of implants that are available and the choice depends on specific customised needs. Usually, the cheekbone implants come in various shapes and sizes, out of which some are made of silicone. Other cheekbone implants are made from a variety of synthetic materials such as hydroxyapatite.
Surgeons may also use some injectable fillers such as Restylane, Radiesse, and Sculptra that are also options for cheek augmentation. The filers are injected through a syringe and making incisions isn’t required, so the procedure includes a short recovery period. Though the result may not be permanent like that obtained from cheekbone implants or donor tissues.
Risks Associated with Cheek Bone Implant
In rare instances, there are possibilities of complications for cheekbone augmentation. Initially, there may be some chances of an adverse reaction to anesthesia. Other complications may include infection which is usually treatable with antibiotics. Misplacement of the cheek implants may also give rise to asymmetry and sometimes a revision procedure may be required to realign the implant.
After undergoing the surgery most of the patients take about a week off to recover. During this time, the cheeks may be sore, swollen and bruised. The bruising in most of the cases extends outwards or upwards bringing the appearance of “black eyes”. Patients may face some difficulty in chewing, smiling or yawning until the cheeks have healed completely. It is very important to keep the neck and head elevated at all times for the first few days, to avoid the displacement of the implant. Other post-op instructions that are provided by the surgeon must also be followed by the patients.
Preparing for the Procedure
Before undergoing the procedure, the surgeons will review the medications that the patients are taking as that may affect the surgery. The candidates may also be asked to stop or adjust some medications to avoid any major complications for the procedure. Depending on the medical condition, the candidates may also be asked to get lab testing or a medical check-up prior to the surgery. Candidates who are addicted to smoking are instructed to quit smoking for at least 6 weeks prior to the surgery