WHAT ARE CHEEK IMPLANTS? - FACE SURGERY
Often referred to as ‘cheek augmentation,’ this procedure is performed to restore fullness to cheeks and to give weak cheeks a more youthful appearance.
Weak cheeks can make your face appear gaunt and cheek implants can correct this by creating the appearance of strong cheeks as well as restoring fullness.
Cheek augmentation can create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance to those who consider full cheeks as attractive.
IS THIS PROCEDURE SUITABLE FOR ME? - FACE SURGERY
If you were born with weak cheeks or have lost volume in the area due to age then you may want to consider cheek augmentation surgery. You should be aware that there are other injectable filler options available which may also be suitable.
Your suitability for the procedure will be determined by a surgeon’s consultation which will take into account factors such as your medical history and condition.
The consultation with the surgeon will enable you to come to an informed decision.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE? - FACE SURGERY
The location of the incision depends on the areas being addressed. The incision can be placed either through the mouth with a small incision at the gum line, or through a lower eyelid incision.
A pocket is then created for the implant to be inserted and once inserted, the incision is then sutured.
WILL IT LEAVE A SCAR? - FACE SURGERY
If the incision is made through the mouth no visible scarring will be present. For lower eyelid incisions, scars will be present but usually difficult to identify due to the location.
A consultation with your surgeon will determine the exact location of the incision.
HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST? - FACE SURGERY
The results of this type of surgery are usually long lasting.
HOW LONG WILL THE PROCEDURE TAKE? - FACE SURGERY
The procedure takes approximately one hour and can be performed under local or general anaesthetic.
WILL I EXPERIENCE ANY PAIN? - FACE SURGERY
During the procedure you will be under either local or general anaesthesia.
However, you may experience some pain and discomfort after the surgery as your body heals. You can expect to be sore, and swollen for a few days. After the surgery you will be given painkillers to help with any pain and discomfort you may be feeling.
You should follow the surgeon’s instructions with regard to post op care.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME? HOW LONG BEFORE I AM ACTIVE AGAIN? - FACE SURGERY
On average the recovery period is fairly quick; between a few days to a week and most patients are back to work within a week.
Recovery periods can vary between patients and are dependent upon factors such as age, state of health, the procedure undertaken and your own bodies healing ability.
CAN CHEEK AUGMENTATION BE COMBINED WITH OTHER PROCEDURES? - FACE SURGERY
Yes. Cheek implants are often combined with other rejuvenation procedures such as face lifts, eye rejuvenation and brow lifts.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS INVOLVED? - FACE SURGERY
Full information of the risks involved, and what you can expect to experience, will be provided to you by your surgeon before the procedure.