High cheekbones have long been considered a desirable facial feature. For individuals who have a weak cheekbone structure and would like more prominent cheeks, cheek augmentation with implants can help. This is a very safe and effective way to augment the cheeks and enhance the overall facial appearance. At the Breslow Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Breslow and Dr. Greaney perform cheek augmentation on an outpatient basis with either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, an incision is made on the inside of the mouth along the upper border between the lip and teeth. The Doctor then dissects the area along the bone to make room, or a “pocket”, for the implant. The implant is then inserted into this pocket and the incision is closed with absorbable sutures. The surgery takes approximately one to one-and-a-half hours to complete. There are a variety of implants which may be used. Commonly, silicone or porex implants are used to enhance the cheeks. Discomfort is generally mild following cheek augmentation and can be managed with medication. Patients will need to eat soft foods for one week. Swelling is common and may take three to six weeks to resolve. Because the sutures are dissolvable they do not need to be removed and will dissolve on their own. Work can usually be resumed after one week.
Risks and complications associated with cheek augmentation are generally rare. As with any surgical procedure, bleeding and infection may occur. Other potential complications may include implant malposition or cheek asymmetry and changes or loss of sensation in the cheeks. Individuals who feel that the volume of their cheeks has diminished with age may be better candidates for fat grafting or injectable filler treatments. If you are interested in cheek augmentation or would like to schedule a consultation and Vectra 3D imaging session, please contact our Paramus NJ plastic surgery center today.