Cheek Implant Surgery
Cheek implants may be used concurrently with other facial rejuvenation or enhancement techniques such as face lift or rhinoplasty, or as a stand alone procedure to produce a desirable aesthetic change which is augmentation or enhancement of the cheek region cheek implants.
High cheek bones (malar bones) can be a desirable trait that not all of us are born with. Furthermore, as part of the aging process, we tend to lose the youthful fullness underneath the cheeks, which can impart a “hollowed” look to the face (this area beneath the cheeks is called the submalar space).
For men, cheek implants placed over the malar bones can impart a more masculine, assertive appearance, whereas in women cheek implants can change a long, oval shaped face to a more attractive heart shape.
Similarly, submalar implants are used in men and women to fill the concavity or hollowness below the cheeks, imparting a more youthful and energetic appearance.
Cheek implants are inserted through small incisions on the inside of the upper lip, which heal in approximately one week. A relatively minor procedure, cheek implants may be placed using only local anesthesia or with deeper sedation for patient comfort.
Most implants are constructed from solid silicone, which adheres to the underlying bone and is very difficult to feel. While rare, complications may include infection or displacement of the implant requiring removal or repositioning.