Who is a candidate for cheek implants?
The face is composed of multiple distinct fat pads which descend and shrink with age. If this weren’t enough, the bone of the face actually gets smaller as well. The result is the appearance of the face being deflated. Fullness in the cheeks or malar area improves the appearance of the entire face. Not only does augmenting the cheeks bounce light off the eyes but also diminishes folds in the lower face creating more balance.
For this reason, cheek augmentation has become widely popular in recent years with the ease of hyaluronic acid fillers like Voluma which works great in this location. The downside of fillers is that they eventually need to be repeated. For those who want a more permanent solution a cheek implant is the way to go. Small incisions are made on the inside of the mouth, and a silicone implant is placed. Silicone implants are soft and feel natural. Because a tight pocket is made no plates or screws are necessary to keep it in place. There is a wide variety of shapes and sizes that are considered during a comprehensive evaluation, so one will be chosen specifically for your face shape.
What is recovery like after cheek implants?
There is minimal downtime after a cheek augmentation. The procedure can be done in the clinic under local anesthesia, and so even go right back to work. You will have some residual numbness for up to 6 hours after your procedure much like you would feel after having a dental procedure. Dissolving sutures are used to close the incision, and instructions are given to use a special mouthwash to keep the mouth clean. No dressings are placed, and there is little to no visible bruising since the implants are placed directly onto the bone of the cheek. Since work is done in and around the nerves in the cheek, some degree of residual numbness can persist for 2-6 weeks.