Cheek Augmentation

Cheek Augmentation in the Philippines

Cheek Augmentation - Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

What is Cheek Augmentation?

Cheek implants, also sometimes called cheek augmentation, are inserted to enhance cheekbones or to make the cheeks fuller. Like other types of plastic surgery procedures, cheek augmentation can make your face appear more youthful or balance your facial features, making you feel more attractive. This extremely popular procedure is offered all over the world for both women and men.

 

Benefits of Cheek Augmentation

The cheek implants will change the appearance and contours of your face and create a permanent augmentation.

 

  • Your cheeks will be fuller and higher and improve your appearance.
  • This balances your facial features while providing a more youthful and balanced look.
  • The procedure will boost your self-confidence and provide a better facial proportion.

Candidates for Cheek Augmentation

You may be a good cheek augmentation candidate if:

 

  • You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You are a nonsmoker
  • You are bothered by the appearance of your cheeks
  • You have cheeks that are too flat, thin or saggy

Consultation

During your cheek augmentation consultation be prepared to discuss:

 

  • Your surgical goals
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
  • Previous surgeries

 

Your cosmetic surgeon will also:

 

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examine your face
  • Take photographs
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of cheek augmentation surgery and any risks or potential complications

 

The success and safety of your cheek augmentation procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Risks and Safety

Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedures you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.

The possible risks of cheek augmentation include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Poor healing of incisions
  • Hematoma
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Skin loss
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Fatty cysts
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Thick scar tissue around cheek implant (capsular contracture)
  • Cheek implant displacement
  • Asymmetry
  • Lumpiness
  • Blindness (rare complication of fat transfer)
  • Suboptimal aesthetic result
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Persistent pain
  • Poor aesthetic result of donor site for fat transfer

 

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It’s important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.

Preparation

In preparing for cheek augmentation, you may be asked to:

 

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding

Procedure

A cheek augmentation procedure includes the following steps:

 

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include local anesthesia, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

 

Step 2 – The incision

A cheek augmentation requires different incisions based on the technique used. If fat transfer is used to enhance your cheeks, you will likely have a small incision near the area of fat that is harvested and small incisions near your cheeks. These incisions usually measure just several millimeters in length. If solid cheek implants are used, then the incision is based on your surgeon’s preferred approach. Some plastic surgeons insert cheek implants through an incision inside the mouth, whereas other plastic surgeons perform the operation through an incision under your eyelid.

 

Step 3 – Closing the incisions

Sutures, skin adhesives or tapes close the skin incisions.

 

Step 4 – See the results

Your cheek augmentation will result in fuller and possibly softer-appearing cheeks. Some patients find that their cheeks can even appear lifted. The results of solid cheek implants are permanent, whereas the results from fat transfer may last several years.

Recovery

Following your cheek augmentation surgery, gauze dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions. An elastic bandage or compression garment may minimize swelling and support the cheeks as they heal following surgery. Alternatively, you may not have any dressings or bandages. If you have cheek implants placed through an incision inside your mouth, you may be placed on a liquid diet and/or given special mouth rinses. Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling decreases. Continue to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.

 

You will be given specific instructions that may include:

 

  • How to care for your surgical site(s) following surgery
  • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
  • When to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

 

Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling decreases. Continue to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.

Results

What to expect in Cheek Augmentation

 

The cheek implants will change the appearance and contours of your face and create a permanent augmentation. The results may be initially obscured by swelling. If your cheeks are augmented using fat transfer, the results will be based upon how much fat was injected into your cheeks and how much fat your body has retained. This can be determined by many factors, including surgical technique and your own body’s individual metabolism. If solid cheek implants are used, then your final result will be more predictable.

Before and After Pictures

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