Dr. Brian F. Burns offers a wide range of facial plastic surgery treatments to rejuvenate the appearance, as well as balance and enhance the facial features. One treatment we will focus on today is cheek augmentation.
Cheek augmentation is a procedure that allows those who long for more definition within the cheeks, or have noticed a loss of volume within the cheeks due to the aging process, to achieve defined, youthful looking cheekbones.
To find out if cheek augmentation is right for you, contact our practice in Victoria, TX to schedule a consultation.
What Is Cheek Augmentation?
Cheek augmentation is a procedure designed to enhance the cheekbones and improve the overall appearance of the face using specially designed implants. These implants may be made of silicone or hydroxyapatite. Hydroxyapatite implants gradually integrate with the with the facial tissues, creating a natural look and feel, which means that they cannot be removed. Silicone implants can me removed.
The Cheek Augmentation Procedure
Cheek augmentation may be performed alone or with other plastic surgery treatments, such as lip or chin augmentation. If cheek augmentation is combined with other treatments, the incisions created for the other treatments may be used to place the cheek implants, reducing the need for multiple incisions.
When cheek augmentation is performed alone, the implant may be placed through an incision made inside the mouth and under the upper lip. Once the implant is placed through the incision and the desired placement is achieved, the incisions are sutured closed.
Cheek augmentation is a relatively quick procedure, generally taking about one to two hours to complete, but may take longer if other procedures are performed at the same time.
Recovery after Cheek Augmentation
After cheek augmentation, patients will need some time to recover before returning to work or their regular activities. Most patients are recovered enough to return to work within several days to a week, but should wait at least three weeks before resuming exercise and should confirm with their doctor before resuming any strenuous activities.
Immediately after surgery, patients should expect some facial swelling and minor discomfort. Applying ice packs for short increments of time can help reduce swelling and relieve discomfort. Patients are generally prescribed pain medication to further help manage discomfort. Bruising may also be apparent around the cheeks.
Patients will see immediate results after surgery, but should be aware that swelling may make the implants appear larger than they are. As swelling subsides, the final results will become apparent. Swelling will significantly resolve within two weeks, but may take several months to completely diminish.
Potential Risks of Cheek Augmentation
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with cheek augmentation. The potential risks of cheek augmentation are rare, but should be understood by patients nonetheless. Some possible risks include:
- Nerve damage resulting in facial numbness
- Hyperpigmentation of the skin as a result of bruising
- Asymmetry caused by each cheek healing differently
Are You a Candidate for Cheek Augmentation?
If you desire more pronounced cheekbones or find the signs of aging have left your cheeks appearing hollow, cheek augmentation may be right for you. To find out if you're a candidate for cheek augmentation, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Burns.