Cheek augmentation is used to create more prominent cheek bones and is a popular procedure for many who have sunken cheeks or a lack of over facial tone either due to their facial anatomy or as a result of loss of facial volume and skin tone with age.
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Why would you need Cheek Augmentation?
Many of us have weak cheek structure or a flat face either due to congenital factors or a result of inadequate development of the facial bones during our childhood years. The cheeks also tend to lose volume as both fat and collagen deplete as we get older and this is why many of us end up with a sunken-in face with flat and saggy cheeks once we hit our forties. Cheek augmentation helps in restoring the youthful appearance of the cheeks through both surgical and non-surgical treatments that focus on emphasizing and accentuating the cheeks.
There are different ways to augment cheeks: placing implants over the cheekbone, fillers or injections as well as by reshaping the cheekbone using a procedure known as a Zygomatic Osteotomy. In this article, we will focus on implants.
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Can Cheek Implants help with Cheek Augmentation?
For those of us that do not want to undergo a comprehensive and invasive surgery like a Zygomatic Osteotomy (cheekbone reshaping surgery), cheek implants are a viable solution for adding volume and tone to the cheeks.
Implants are custom made to suit the patient’s facial anatomy and aesthetic objectives. Implants help in volume restoration. Apart from improving the face aesthetically, implants slow down the process of bone aging. These are permanent solutions and cannot be reversed unless the implants are removed through subsequent surgery.
What are the materials used for Cheek Implants?
Though there are variety of materials used for the implants, the most common among them is Silicone implants. There are other substances like Gore-Tex which are better in integrating with the underlying tissues. Silicone implants can be removed at a later stage as they do not integrate with the tissues.
What are the different types of Cheek Implants?
Malar implants are the most common implants placed directly on the cheekbone, giving a projected higher cheekbone. Submalar will augment the midface to help fill a sunken face. A combination of both Malar and Submalar help to heighten both the midface and the cheekbone.
How is a Cheek Augmentation Procedure done?
Cheek implants are inserted through incision in the upper mouth near the top of the gum. Sometime they are also inserted through an external incision below the lower eyelash. Though the internal incision through the mouth is the more popular option since there is no visible scare from the surgery, however there is a possibility of carrying infection in the mouth in this case. The implants are anchored in such a way, they will not shift out of place and would give the natural look to the patient throughout the lifetime.
Bandages or dressings may continue for a few weeks post the procedure. Swelling will continue for several months post which the result will be visible.
The procedure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to complete and is performed under general anesthesia or sedation.
Recovering from a Cheek Augmentation Procedure
It usually takes a full month for the area to heal and for the swelling to subside meaningfully.
Initially there would be visible swelling, discomfort and numbness. Due to these, facial movements will be restricted, chewing food will be painful. It is advisable for the patient to have soft food for almost a month.
What will a Cheek Implant Cost You?
A cheek implant typically costs around USD 3,000 – 4,000 in the US but can cost around USD 2,000 – 2,700 in Asian countries such as Thailand, South Korea, etc.