- Achieve harmonious proportions of your overall facial features.
- Create a more chiseled cheek contour.
- Add fullness.
Cheek augmentation with cheek implants is a cosmetic surgical procedure that helps you restore and enhance your appearance with the placement of a customized implant in your cheeks to reshape or resize the area. According to a review conducted by a group of facial plastic surgeons, results tend to appear natural and “unoperated” on.
What makes your cheek implants procedure at Gartner Plastic Surgery unique
1. Not only does Dr. Gartner possess extensive surgical experience in facial enhancement, he also has a keen artistic eye that is focused on balance and symmetry. He’ll take measurements of your cheeks, chin and other facial features to plan what size and shape your implant(s) should be in order to achieve your desired improvement.
2. Dr. Gartner always provides you with alternative treatments that may achieve your expectations better. For example, you might find that a non-surgical treatment, such as injectable fillers, to be more appropriate.
3. The sutures used to close your incisions are absorbable, which means that they’ll dissolve harmlessly as you recover. You won’t have to come back to get them removed, which can be an uncomfortable experience.
4. Dr. Gartner can give you a satisfying, permanent improvement of your facial contour that you’ll find won’t look like you’ve had surgery.
Are you a candidate for cheek implants?
Cheek augmentation with facial implants is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to reshape, resize and enhance your cheeks, lips and chin for a more aesthetically pleasing improvement.
You may be a suitable candidate if you say yes to any of the following questions:
- Are you unhappy with the hollowed appearance of your cheeks or are your cheeks undefined and lack the contour that you’d like?
- Are you in good overall health, both physically and psychologically?
- Do you understand the risks related to the facial implant surgery and feel that the benefits outweigh the risks?
- Are you willing to change some of your lifestyle habits before and after your surgery to reduce the risk of complications? Some things that you may need to stop doing include smoking, drinking alcohol and taking certain supplements.
If think you’re a suitable candidate for cheek implant surgery, call Dr. Gartner to book your private medical consultation. It’s the only way to find out if the surgery is suitable for you.
Your consultation is a private medical appointment with Dr. Gartner. You’ll talk about your aesthetic goals and find out more about the facial implant surgery to see if it’s suitable for you. Dr. Gartner will ask you about your medical history and present health as well to make sure the surgery is safe. Tell Dr. Gartner about any medications you’re currently taking as some may increase the risk of complications developing during or after surgery, such as bleeding.
Some questions you may want to ask Dr. Gartner during your consultation:
- What are your credentials as a surgeon?
- What kind of cheek implant would be best for me?
- Would another cosmetic treatment be more appropriate to achieve my goals?
- Do you have any before and after photographs of your patients?
- Where will my surgery take place?
- What are the risks of the surgery?
- What is the recovery going to be like?
It’s a good idea to have all of your questions and concerns written out before you come to your consultation. That way, you’ll be able to refer to them and get all the answers you need to make the right decision.
Once facial implant surgery is deemed suitable for you, Dr. Gartner will examine your face to see what type of implant would be best to achieve your goals.
Your cheek implant surgery will be performed at Gartner Plastic Surgery, our state-of-the-art surgical facility that is fully accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).
Your surgery will take about an hour or less.
1. General anesthesia is administered.
2. Small incisions are made inside the mouth to allow for the insertion of the implant under the muscles in the area, so that it sits directly on the bone. In either case, the incisions are well-hidden so that the resulting scar isn’t easily visible.
3. The implant is attached to your bone if necessary.
4. The incision is closed with absorbable sutures and dressed.
5. You’ll awake from the anesthesia and be taken to the recovery room.
In the recovery room, you’ll be monitored by Dr. Gartner and your dedicated nurses. You’ll stay until you’re cleared to go home, where you can finish the rest of your recovery.
You’ll enjoy an immediate improvement of your cheeks, although you’ll need to wait a couple of months for swelling to subside before you see the optimal results of your surgery.
The first stage of your recovery
After your surgery, the treated area(s) will be covered in bandages. You’ll most likely feel some discomfort that can be eased with pain medication. Swelling and bruising will also exist, but will subside in the weeks following surgery.
How you’ll look while you recover
You probably won’t like what you see in the mirror at this time, since the treated area(s) will be overly enlarged due to swelling. This is particularly true for cheek augmentation. However, you’ll be able to see your results slowly appear as the swelling goes away (usually in a few months).
When you can go back to work
Most patients return to desk work in about a week or so.
When you can get back to the gym
While you can resume regular activities in about a week or two, you should refrain from exercising for about three weeks. Start off slowly and build up intensity.
Make sure to follow Dr. Gartner’s care instructions after your surgery to help with your recovery.
You’ll love how your face is more balanced and symmetrical without the telltale signs of surgery.
Complications and risks associated with cheek augmentation with cheek implants
Cheek augmentation with implants can achieve a beautiful improvement of your facial contour. However, like any procedure, there are some side effects and risks associated with the surgery.
Common side effects
The most common side effects experienced by patients include bruising, swelling, numbness and discomfort. These are all temporary and will go away while you recover. You may also feel nauseous as a result of the anesthesia.
The following is a list of rare complications that may occur. The chance of any of these happening is very low. They may resolve on their own or a suitable medical treatment can be performed.
Nerve damage: This can occur if the nerves in the area are bruised, stretched or cut during surgery.
Hematoma and seroma: These are collections of fluid under the skin (hematoma is a collection of blood while a seroma is fluid). If these occur, you’ll notice dramatic bruising and swelling. While in some instances they will go away on their own, you may need to have them drained or surgically removed.
Infection: Infection is always a risk associated with surgery. When treated quickly, it can be effectively addressed with antibiotics alone. In severe cases, the implant may need to be demoed and replaced at a later time. However, Dr. Gartner maintains strict hygiene standards and stringent surgical practices that minimize your risk of infection.
Implant displacement: When an implant is not properly affixed in place, there is a risk that it will shift and become displaced.
Implant rejection: Rarely, implants may not “take” and be rejected.
Disappointing results: Sometimes, the results of surgery are different from what a patient envisions. Revision surgery may be performed to address this. However, Dr. Gartner always talks to you at length about what improvement you’d like to achieve before your surgery to minimize this risk.