Loss of facial volume is a common side effect of ageing. Cheek implants, also known as cheek augmentation, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that adds volume to areas of the face that lack definition, giving the face a more balanced look. As we age, loss of muscle tone and less fat lying beneath the surface of the skin can flatten the once rounded profile of the cheeks. Cheek implants are ideal for people with a narrow or flat face, or those who have lost cheek contour due to congenital deficiency, facial trauma or the ageing process. Cheek implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be custom shaped to augment weak facial structure and combat the effects of aging to remove a ‘gaunt’ appearance.
Am I a Candidate? Loss of fat beneath the surface of the skin and a loss of muscle tone can flatten the once rounded profile of the cheeks. It is thought by some cosmetic surgeons that this loss of volume can age the appearance of the face more than visible wrinkling of the skin. Suitable candidates for a cheek augmentation procedure are those who have severely hollowed cheeks. There are cheek implants for men and women.
Before cheek implant surgery, it is important to investigate all of the treatment options, as possible procedures for plumping the cheeks range from non-invasive dermal fillers to significant surgery.
During a cheek implant procedure, an incision will be made either inside the mouth or just beneath the lower eyelash. The implant is then either inserted in the outer upper cheek area to create a high cheekbone effect, or in the lower or mid-cheek region to help fill out a sunken face. Some patients choose to have a combination of both implants. Incisions used are closed with stitches that dissolve in a week or two. The operation takes between 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the extent of the procedure and the implant material used.
Recovery – Depending on the procedure and the extent of the bruising and swelling, you can expect to need 2-7 days of recovery time.
Benefits – Permanent cheek implants that are skillfully placed can produce subtle but lasting improvements to your face. Expect your cheeks to appear plump and youthful, with restored volume.
Types – There are many variations on a cheek implant procedure, and a variety of implant materials that can be used – from synthetic silicone, rigid polyethylene that needs to be screwed into place and a synthetic material called ePTFE, which is a white “rubbery” material moulded for medical use. A skilled cosmetic surgeon will be able to advise which one is right for you. Find out about more about the different types of cheek implants
Risks and Complications – It is normal to experience some pain and difficulty talking and smiling for several days following cheek implant surgery. Most swelling and bruising will improve within a week, although you may feel a degree of numbness for several weeks. Rare potential side effects of cheek implant surgery include infection, a reaction to the anaesthesia, or a collection of blood underneath the skin which may need to be removed with a syringe. Find out more about the risks associated with cheek implant surgery.
Prices – cheek implants cost can be in the £1500-£3000 range depending upon the type of implant used.
Choosing a Cheek Implants Cosmetic Surgeon in the U.K
Careful discussion of your expectations, the appropriate type of implant, and choosing a skilled cheek implant surgeon are all important factors to consider before going ahead with a facial implant.