Cheek augmentation using a facial implant usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes. When cheek implants are being placed in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure, such as a facelift, forehead lift or eyelid surgery, the implants may be inserted through the incisions made for those procedures. Otherwise, an incision will be made either inside your upper lip or your lower eyelid. A pocket is then formed and an implant is inserted.
After surgery, a dressing will be applied to minimize discomfort and swelling. The severity and duration of such side effects may vary, especially if another cosmetic procedure was performed at the same time.
After Cheek Augmentation
Your plastic surgeon will provide you with instructions about post-operative care. There will be dietary restrictions as well as limitations to your activities. Again, these instructions will vary, 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.
Cheek Augmentation With Dermal Fillers
Wrinkle fillers are primarily used to improve the appearance of the skin's texture, but they can also be used to restore volume in the cheeks. Your plastic surgeon will use a topcial anesthetic or nerve block to control discomfort. The filler will then be injected into the tissue to restore volume in the cheek area. If you desire the cosmetic improvements of cheek augmentation but do not wish to undergo surgery, a wrinkle filler may be the best choice. However, the results are not permanent. Certain fillers are long-lasting, but you will need another treatment in the future to maintain the results.