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Types of Cheek Implants, procedures, advantages and disadvantages

2021-08-25 14:43:02

Dr. Fariba Azadikhah
Reviewed by:
Dr. Fariba Azadikhah


  1. What is the Cheek Augmentation?
  2. What is the procedure of Cheek Implant surgery?
  3. What are the questions you should ask your surgeon?
  4. What are the risks of Cheek Implants surgery?
  5. how much does a Cheek Augmentation cost?
  6. Cheek implants vs fillers



Cheek implants

Cheek Implants that sometimes are called with a general term of Cheek Augmentation is a process of inserting implants in the cheek area to enhance cheekbones and making a fuller appearance for cheeks. It's a type of plastic surgery that can help volunteers look younger by having balanced facial features. Like all aesthetic procedures, individuals who are not satisfied with their appearance can get satisfaction and self-confidence. The idea of utilizing implants started in from1956 and now the safety and efficiency have been proved. If you want to know more about Cheek Surgery you can read this article.
Cheek implants can be done at the same time with other cosmetic procedures like Rhinoplasty, Brow lift, Eye lift, and...
Ask about all of your desired goals and consult with your plastic surgeon. Depending on your goals and condition your surgeon may suggest one of the cheek implantation methods mentioned below:

Malar implantation – These implants are placed directly on the cheekbones, providing higher projection.

Submalar implantation – These implants provide fuller cheeks, rounding out a gaunt, or sunken, appearance.

Combined implantation – A combined implant augments both the cheekbones and the cheeks. (mixture of two methods discussed above )

What should you expect during cheek implant surgery?

There won't be signs of scars because small incisions are made inside of your mouth or lower your eyelids. It's good to know that surgeons can use the incisions of other cosmetic procedures if they are done along with your Cheek Augmentation.
This is not a type of major procedure and it can be done with local anesthesia and sedation and you won't feel any pain or discomfort.
Following your surgery, you may have degrees of swelling and mild bruising. It will be reduced by passing time. Your plastic surgeon may prescribe different types of painkillers and antibiotics for a couple of days after the procedure. You can start your routine normal life and back to work within a week.

What should you ask your plastic surgeon for creating your expectations?

For having realistic expectations for each part of your procedure ask the following questions. Also, be careful that the answer to each question may be completely different person by person.

• Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
• What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
• Will I have bandages after surgery?
• How should you change your bandages?
• When bandages will they be removed?
• Are stitches removed? When?
• When can I resume normal activity and return exercise?
• When do I return for follow-up care and checkup?

Are cheek implants safe? What are the possible risks?

Your plastic surgeon will describe all of the risks and possible complications which can occur during or following your surgery. You should be aware of all of them and then sign consent forms with complete awareness and this means you have understood all the possible complications associated with the cheek implant procedure. Although the horrible risks are rare, they can happen and threaten your life like complications related to anesthesia or adverse reactions to medications. For preventing any type of complications talk about your drug and allergy history. List all the substances you are allergic to. The other important risk which is very common is infection. Be careful about prescribed antibiotics. To reduce the risk of complications, it is important to choose a well-trained and qualified plastic surgeon.
Other possible risks include:

• Bleeding
• Scarring or bad healing of the incisions
• Hematoma
• Fluid accumulation or seroma
• Loss of skin
• Numbness or increased skin sensitivity
• Discolored skin or swelling
• Dead fatty tissue deep in the skin
• Fatty cysts
• Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac or pulmonary complications
• Thick scar tissue around the cheek implant
• Displacement of the cheek implant
• Asymmetry and lumpiness
• Blindness
• Additional surgery required
• Continuous pain

Costs of the cheek implantation procedure:

The average cost of cheek implants is $3,669, according to 2020 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Cheek augmentation costs include:

• Surgeon's fee
• Hospital or surgical facility costs
• Anesthesia fees
• Prescriptions for medication
• Medical tests and x-rays

Cheek implants vs fillers

1. Number of Treatments
One of the most important differences between these two methods is the number of treatments. Cheek implants happen one time and you don't need any extra treatment procedures but in filler methods, you need more than one injection treatment because results don't last for a long time. Depending on your filler material the results last but averagely it's about five months. The results of cheek implantation are permanent.

2. Length of Procedure
Although both procedures are fairly fast the length of filler injections is about five to ten minutes and this time is about one to three hours in the implant procedure.

3. Anesthesia
The cheek implant procedure is the surgical method and due to this, it requires anesthesia to reduce discomfort during the process. If you can’t stomach the idea of being put to sleep with anesthesia, then fillers may be a better choice for you.

4. Recovery Times
Recovery times of filler injections are just a couple of hours following the procedure But recovery time after getting a facial implant is longer and you can return to normal life after about one week. Most patients spend three to six weeks recovering before they’re fully healed.

5. Cost
The costs of facial implants are much more expensive than filler injections but you have to know the fact that facial implants give you lifelong results, and because surgery is involved. You can make a consultation with a facial plastic surgeon to discuss costs.

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