Hollow, sunken cheeks can make you appear older than you really are. Cheek implants can help provide a more harmonious balance to your face and features so you can look younger and feel better about the way you look.
Full cheeks and prominent cheekbones are a sign of youth and beauty, and they can easily be achieved with cheek augmentation. Also known as malar augmentation and cheek implants, cheek augmentation is an available option for patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their naturally weak cheekbones. Cheek implants are popular for achieving major changes in facial structure.
Highly skilled surgeon Dr. Colgrove at Vinings Surgery Center has been performing cheek augmentation surgery for years, with stunning results across the board. Prior to surgery, you and Dr. Colgrove will discuss what shape you are trying to achieve. Dr. Colgrove will work with you to determine the best cheek implant shape and size to fit naturally with your facial structure.
Although each surgery is unique, the length of this surgery is around 45 minutes to 90 minutes. In some cases, facial implant surgery may require only local anesthesia combined with a sedative. However, more frequently, a general anesthesia may be recommended. The procedure is usually outpatient and the results are permanent. However, as with all surgeries, there are some risks.
Although problems rarely occur, facial implants can shift slightly out of alignment and a second operation may be needed to replace into proper position. Infection can occur with any operation. If infection were to occur around a facial implant and did not clear up after treatment with antibiotics, the implant might have to be temporarily removed and replaced at a later time. Other, less-frequent risks may be associated with certain implants. Be sure to ask for a description of the risks associated with the procedure in which you are interested.
Some of the implant materials are made of a solid silicone. Currently, there is no scientific evidence that this is a harmful substance. Dr. Colgrove will be happy to discuss any current scientific findings concerning the type of implant you’re considering.
Dr. Colgrove and his staff will provide you with instructions about post-operative care. There will be dietary restrictions as well as limitations to your activities. These instructions vary for every patient, especially if another procedure was performed along with your implant surgery. However, you should be aware that your ability to move your mouth and lips may be diminished temporarily. Stitches used to close the incisions inside your mouth usually dissolve within about 10 days.