Patients can usually return to social and work activities within two to four days as bruising and swelling decrease. Discomfort can be relieved with oral medications.
There is some swelling and bruising after the procedure most of which resolves over about a week. While augmentation of the area is seen right after the procedure, the final result appears after several months as residual swelling gradually goes away. Activities such as talking, smiling and eating can be temporarily affected early after the… Read More
Cheek implants are inserted through an incision inside the mouth, hidden under the upper lip so scarring is not a consideration. If the cheek implant procedure is being done in conjunction with other procedures such as a facelift, the implant insertion can be made through incisions made for those procedures. A pocket is created for… Read More
Two weeks before surgery, aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications and herbal supplements, which may increase the chance of bleeding, should be stopped. Patients should not smoke prior to surgery since smoking delays healing. You will need someone to bring you to surgery, take you home and stay with you after the procedure. Instructions will be given at… Read More
In general, IV anesthesia is used for cheek implant surgery. “Twilight sleep” anesthesia uses a sedating medication administered though soft IV tubing to keep the patient comfortable, pain free and without recollection of the the procedure. There is no breathing tube placed in the throat. Patients wake up quickly, able to go home within half… Read More
Cheek implants are made out of FDA approved materials which have been safely used for many years. Sialastic, an inert silicone substance widely used in medical implants, is used in cheek implantation surgery. These material is well tolerated, permanent and does not elicit a reaction from the body. Cheek implants come in various sizes to… Read More
Persons who wish to increase the definition of their cheeks are candidates for the cheek implant procedure. Whether the lack of prominence of your cheekbone structure has bothered you for a long time or if the loss of fat and volume has developed with aging, cheek implants can reconfigure the cheek area to a fuller,… Read More
A malarplasty or cheek augmentation, is a procedure to increase the definition of the cheekbones. The cheek area is enhanced by inserting an FDA approved, silicone rubber implant over the existing bony structure. The implant fills missing volume and provides support for the muscle and fat. Replenishing lost cheek volume also helps raise the sagging… Read More
The cost for chin implants will be discussed at the time of the pre-operative visit.
Bruising and swelling are commonly seen after surgery. Other risks include movement of the implant, numbness, irregular contour, asymmetry, fluid accumulation, bleeding, infection, need for revision, scarring. As with any surgery, there are cardiac and pulmonary risks of anesthesia. The silicone implants can be removed.