Lack of fullness in the cheeks can give the appearance of a sad or aged appearance. A number of procedures can be performed to improve the appearance of the cheeks for women and men.
- Nonsurgical options include the injection of temporary dermal fillers to plump up the region. This is a good choice for people who want to see how it might look before undergoing a more permanent correction.
- Solid silicone implants can be placed through a small incision inside the mouth to provide surgical correction of deficient cheek fullness. Cheek implants come in various shapes and sizes to provide ideal proportions and shape.
Are You a Candidate?
Both men and women can make good candidates for cheek augmentation if they’re over the age of 18 and notice a flat or poorly defined cheek prominence. Dr. Koehler can evaluate your particular situation and make appropriate recommendations to correct your proportions. It’s also important to be in good overall physical and mental health, and to have realistic expectations about your results.
If you can benefit from cheek augmentation, Dr. Koehler will review the various types of implants and procedures. During your consultation, he will go over all your options to help ensure that you’re a good candidate before proceeding with surgery.
About Cheek Augmentation Surgery
For patients having permanent implants placed, Dr. Koehler prefers using solid silicone cheek implants. These implants are typically inserted through a small incision inside the mouth. The implant is secured in place, and once healed will look like your natural cheekbone structure. The incisions are completely invisible because they are inside your mouth. During your consultation, Dr. Koehler will go into more detail about the types of implants and discuss which option is more likely to help you meet your cosmetic goals.
What to Expect
The first step in cheek augmentation surgery is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Koehler. This consult will include a physical exam as well as a detailed discussion about your personal appearance goals. This is a good time to ask any questions you may have about your surgery or recovery.
The procedure is typically performed while you are asleep under anesthesia. Dr. Koehler makes a small incision inside your mouth and then places and secures the implant. Patients may experience mild bruising and swelling during the first week. Occasionally, patients will have some temporary numbness of the upper lip and cheek, and the muscles that move the upper lip may not appear to move normally for a period of time. Once you have fully healed, all nerve and muscle function should return to normal. Cheek augmentation is most often performed as an outpatient procedure and patients will return home the day of surgery.
Patients are scheduled to return to the office in 7 to 10 days for a follow-up appointment. Patients can resume normal activity in a week and any discomfort is typically controlled well with oral medication.
Risks and Complications
The risks associated with a cheek augmentation surgery include those that are possible with any major surgery, such as bleeding or infection. Temporary numbness of the upper lip and cheek may occur, and may take 6 weeks to 6 months to return to normal. Dr. Koehler will go over all the risks and benefits with you before your surgery so you’re fully informed about what to expect.
Your New Look
You should see a difference right away after your surgery, although your final results will initially be disguised by post-op swelling. You can expect to feel sore for a few days, but most patients are off all pain medication within the first week. Cheek augmentation is relatively simple procedure that can provide long-lasting volume correction to the cheeks with minimal recovery.