Cheek augmentation, Cosmetic Cheek Enlargement, Cheek Implant Surgery is a plastic surgery operation performed to correct flat, unattractive cheeks using implants, to achieve a balanced facial shape which is more oval or heart shaped and give a natural aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Before Your Surgery
- Size – Important to discuss your aims carefully. Surgery should achieve an aesthetically balanced chin, mid-face and upper face.
- Implant types – ePTFE-Coated implants that allow tissue ingrowth and give a natural feel.
- Smoking – Essential to stop at least 2 weeks before surgery and for a minimum of 6 weeks after surgery.
- Drugs – Avoid aspirin/ibuprofen type analgesics for 2 weeks before and after your surgery.
Your Cheek Augmentation, Cheek Implant Surgery
- Anaesthetic – Carried out under General Anaesthetic with local anaesthetic administered inside the mouth while you’re under GA.
- Scars – Inside the mouth.
- Sutures – Dissolving in 2-3 weeks.
After Your Surgery
- Dressings – No dressing required. A cold Hilo-Therapy mask will be worn for 4 hours after your surgery.
- Exercise – Avoid vigorous exercise for 6 weeks, including contact sports.
- Diet – Soft diet for 7 days, use an antibacterial mouth rinse after every meal.
- Swelling – Moderate expected for 3-6 weeks, final result may take 3-6 months.
Potential Problems / Risks
- Pain – Moderate discomfort expected, take regular painkillers for 3-5 days. Avoid Aspirin/Ibuprofen.
- Bruising – Occasional, may last for 2 weeks.
- Wound – Occasionally, mild infection. Appropriate antibiotics will be provided if necessary. Rarely, serious infection requiring removal of the implant. Risk <1%.
- Rarely, haematoma (blood collection) that may require drainage.
- Sensation – Some diminished sensation may occur inside the mouth. Return to normal may take up to 6 weeks.
- Displacement – Implant displacement is very uncommon. Avoid pressure on cheeks, sleeping on front and side for first 6 weeks.
What is Cheek Augmentation, Cheek Implant surgery?A Cheek Augmentation operation is carried out to reshape the middle part of the face to achieve a more aesthetically balanced facial appearance or restore a more youthful look. Cheek implants are inserted through the mouth into the cheek under the facial muscles and periosteum overlying the cheek bones. The appropriate size implant will be advised to provide a natural aesthetically balance result.
What are the benefits of Cheek Augmentation Surgery, Cheek Implants?The cheeks should highlight the middle face acting as the pedestal for the eyes. Full cheeks portray youth and an attractive face. Aesthetically balanced cheek enhancement should be almost undetectable as the cheeks should be in harmony with the rest of the face. This result can restore self-confidence and boost self-esteem.
Am I the ideal patient for Cheek Augmentation Surgery, Cheek Implants?If you would like to improve your face to achieve an aesthetically pleasing more youthful appearance of the mid face then Cheek Augmentation surgery is right for you. Cheek Augmentation Surgery can correct deformities resulting from an injury or with which you were born or developed in adulthood. You should be realistic as to what can be achieved by Cheek Augmentation Surgery and understand the risks and side effects of this surgery.
Does Cheek Augmentation Surgery, Cheek Implants require a general anaesthetic or hospitalisation?Cheek Augmentation surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, commonly as a day-case or overnight procedure.
How long is the Cheek Implants procedure?Cheek Augmentation Surgery normally takes approximately 1 hour to perform depending on the complexity of the surgery.
What about the scars following Cheek Augmentation Surgery?The incisions are placed in the upper gum of the cheeks and are therefore hidden inside the mouth. These incisions heal well in 5 – 7 days.
Will a special garment be required after Cheek Augmentation Surgery, Cheek Implants?In the majority of Cheek Augmentation Surgery, a facial support garment is fitted at the end of surgery to help control swelling and reduce movement post operatively. This should be worn day and night for the first week.
Can Cheek Augmentation Surgery, Cheek Implants be performed at the same time as other procedures?Yes, Cheek Augmentation with Implants, is commonly performed together with other face surgery such as Facelift, Browlift, Chin Augmentation or reduction as well as Breast Surgery / Augmentation or Liposuction. What is appropriate and safe for you to combine will depend on your Medical Health, your goals and the individual procedures.
What reassurance do I have with Cheek Augmentation Surgery, Cheek Implants?At London Bridge Plastic Surgery, we understand that your decision to have Cheek Augmentation Surgery can be a daunting and anxious time for you. Our aim is to fully understand your concerns and desires, and assess your face accurately, before agreeing on a treatment plan which is in your best interest. If for any reason you are unsuitable for Cheek Augmentation Surgery, you will be advised against this form of surgery. We will provide you with all the information you need and support before, during and after your surgery.
How long is the recovery time after Cheek Implants?Mild pain / discomfort is expected for 3 – 5 days. Patients can go back to their normal daily activities after 1 week, but avoid strenuous exercise / activity for 6 weeks including any contact sports.
What about the results following Cheek Implants?The results are first and foremost natural. The goals of Cheek Augmentation surgery are to restore an aesthetically pleasing facial shape which is in balance with your facial features – i.e. looks natural and does not appear abnormal. Remember it can take 6 weeks or more for the final result to be achieved.
What are the risks of Cheek Augmentation Surgery?Common to all surgical procedures there are always risks associated with surgery. However, complications are uncommon. Bruising can occur and may take 2 weeks to resolve, while major bleeding is rare. Infection is infrequent (less than 0.5%) and will require a course of appropriate antibiotics. Displacement of the implants can occur in the early post operative course. This is prevented by avoiding pressure on the cheeks – sleeping, massaging the face or excessive movement. Some altered sensation around the cheeks is expected and will commonly return to normal between 6 to 12 weeks after surgery.
How long do the results last?The results of Cheek Augmentation surgery are permanent but note that as you age your cheeks will change over the years. For example, the tissues around the cheek will continue to be affected by the aging changes and gravity.
Is there an alternative to a Cheek Augmentation Surgery, Cheek Implants?Yes, if Cheek Augmentation Surgery is not appropriate or not desired, non-surgical cheek shaping using an injectable product such as EVOLENCE or Restylane can provide good improvement in the shape and symmetry of the face in a simple local anaesthetic treatment. This will require repeated treatments to maintain the desired result. Alternatively, fat grafting can be performed to enhance the cheeks with a long lasting result using your our tissue.
What is the cost of Cheek Augmentation?The cost for Cheek Augmentation Surgery will vary depending on your individual case, and includes your pre-operative and post-operative care. You will be provided with a detailed quotation following your Consultation. Please read more about our Fees at LBPS
Why have Cheek Augmentation, Cosmetic Cheek Enlargement Surgery?Cheek Augmentation is used to correct flat cheeks that a patient feels detracts from their features. Cheek Implants are used to reshape the face to give a more oval or heart shape which is aesthetically attractive. Cheek Enhancement, Implant Surgery is performed to improve the balance of the face with the forehead, nose and chin. Cheek Implants can improve self-confidence especially in patients whose cheek is flat in relation to the other facial features.
The normal cheek has a prominence just below the level of the lower eyelids and gives an oval curve to the face – Ogee curve. Lack of fullness or flattening can give the face a long thin appearance. The flat cheek may arise as a congenital or familial feature or result from trauma to the cheek or be the result of aging. The aesthetics of the face requires that each part is in harmony with the others. Thus a flat cheek may detract from the aesthetics of the eyes, nose or mouth.This imbalance can have a major impact on the psychological well being of the patient resulting in low self-esteem.Surgery either to enhance (augment) the cheek aims to restore the balance and provide a natural aesthetic appearance.