Solid silicone facial implants are available in a variety of different profiles and sizes to increase fullness and projection of the cheeks or chin. These surgeries may be performed under a monitored or general anesthetic. Small incisions are usually made inside the mouth and a “pocket” or space for the implant is created next to the bone. The implants are placed in the pocket and the surrounding soft tissue is sutured closed.
Cheek augmentation surgery is designed to restore and lift the cheekbones by balancing facial features and restoring a youthful appearance. This is achieved by increasing the projection of cheekbones and adding volume. Patients requesting malar implants may wish to change the shape or size of their cheeks and give the face a more proportional and balanced appearance.
Post-operatively, you may experience localized numbness, swelling, bruising or discomfort. Pain medication will be provided as needed. You will be asked to rest post-operatively with your head elevated and ice packs or cold compresses may also be used to minimize swelling. External localized taping or dressings may also be used to help position the facial implants. Specific care and guidelines will be reviewed as necessary. Although the sutures used inside the mouth will be dissolving we will still want to see you in the office to assess how they are doing 5 – 10 days post-operatively. You are cautioned to avoid strenuous activity and rough contact in or near the area of the implant for 4 – 6 weeks post-operatively.
As with any surgical procedure there are some risks. Complications can include infection, bleeding or malposition of the implant. Revisions may be necessary to achieve the best possible result.
Dr. Smith will see you 4 – 6 months post-op to assess your result and take photographs.