Cheek Augmentation / Cheek Implants is a common procedure used to bring balance to the facial structure by way of correcting a deficient cheek area due to congenital deficiency, age-related bone resorption or facial trauma. A weak cheek structure can make your face appear drawn and gaunt. It may also give the appearance of a ‘fleshy’ lower face. The end result should be a balanced relationship between the structure of the face.
What does Cheek Implant Surgery Involve?
The method of inserting and positioning your implant will depend on your preferences, anatomy and your surgeon’s recommendation.
How long does cheek augmentation surgery take?
Cheek augmentation is an operation that usually takes 1.5 hours to complete using a general anaesthetic and normally includes an overnight stay at the hospital. In certain circumstances it can be performed as a day case.
What can I expect from the surgery?
Your expectations need to be realistic. Most patients are pleased with the outcome and find they gain a feeling of increased self-confidence. The overall achievement will be having a completely natural look that balances the look of your face.
Recovery after the surgery
What will happen in the recovery period?
You will feel tired and sore for a few days and will have slight swelling and bruising which is only natural. Most of your discomfort will be subsided with prescription medication. You will have follow-up visits in the months after surgery to check on your progress.
What is the recovery time from Cheek implant surgery?
This will depend on the individual patient however most patients are able to go back to work after a couple of days. Although you can walk about and do very light activities from the next day it is advisable not to do anything strenuous for 7-10 days. The average recovery time is between 1-2 weeks.