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Cheek Implant
Submalar / Malar Augmentation


Cheek implant One of the strongest characteristics of youth is fullness of the cheeks, indicating an abundance of healthy soft tissues and healthy fat under the skin. Flat cheekbones can make a large nose look larger and a receding chin smaller. The cheekbones are largely responsible for defining your face, highlighting the eyes and adding balance to your features. Altering your face’s bony features improves your overall facial harmony and beauty dramatically. Moreover, the recovery period after chin implants is relatively short with many patients resuming normal activities within a few days.

Benefits of Cheek Implants

Cheek implants (known to physicians as submalar and malar augmentation) is the surgical use of sterile synthetics or biological implants to bring the cheek into better balance with your other facial features. It is very common to have cheek implants when a
nose job (rhinoplasty) is being done. The outcome should be a balanced relationship between the structures of the face and may bolster your self-esteem because you look better.

With the increasing popularity of cosmetic surgery procedures, including cheek implants, it is important prospective patients research and understand different issues like what the procedure can and cannot treat, inherited risks, costs and other factors. Keep in mind cosmetic surgery is just that – a surgical procedure whose results cannot simply be erased. While the information contained in this website will provide you with a good introduction to cheek implants, when considering this or other cosmetic procedure, we recommend that you consult a qualified provider with significant experience. Some important elements you should understand regarding cheek implants include the following:
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Who would best Represent an Ideal Candidate for Cheek Implants?

The first requirement is good physical and mental health, without any active diseases or any other pre-existing medical conditions. Many women want to reposition sagging skin upward and outward to fill hollows and depressions. People who most commonly have cheek implants have underdeveloped cheek bone structure or have lost soft tissue and the natural padding of healthy fat – due to normal aging – that normally occurs in the face. When the tissues and fat dissipate, the skin sags and appears flattened or sunk and may cause folds and wrinkles around the mouth. Many physicians liken the implant to scaffolding because it holds up the collapsed tissues. Your surgeon needs to take your medical history and wants to know if you’ve had cosmetic procedures or dental problems in the past.
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Where do I begin?

Begin by researching the surgeon you want to use and the procedure you desire. It’s important that prospective patients research and understand different aspects of plastic surgery before going ahead with the procedure. CosmeticSurgery.com has created an easy and effective way for prospective patients to find a cosmetic surgeon online. For more information, please
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How are Cheek Implants Performed?

The surgeon makes a small incision near where the implant will be placed. The incision is made either in the crease under your lower eyelashes or inside the mouth where your gums and lips meet. Then, the surgeon creates a pocket in the facial tissue. The implant is inserted and sometimes stitched to more solid internal facial features that lie deeper in the skull. Then, the incision is closed, often with one stitched. The procedure usually takes 45 minutes to an hour and a half. It is commonly performed alone or in combination with
forehead, eyelid, facelift, nasal or chin surgery. Sometimes, cheek implants are designed for reconstructive or rejuvenation. When the most common implant, silicone rubber, is used, supportive tissue eventually forms around the implant after a few weeks. Once fully healed, the implant feels like your normal underlying bone structure.
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How Much Pain is Associated with Cheek Implants?

As with any surgery, you can expect some swelling, mild bruising and minimal pain. Usually, your doctor gives you prescription medications to control any discomfort. Typical cheek implant procedures create some numb areas around the cheeks and mouth but they rarely last long. Most patients have mild to moderate discomfort for one to two days. Your surgeon will want you to avoid strenuous activity and rough contact in or near the area of the implant for at least four to weeks. Patients with gum or dental problems should consult with their dentist and ask if the incision through the mouth will cause any complications. It may be normal to experience temporary difficulty smiling and talking after the operation. You can usually return to work and other normal activities within a week. The operation is usually performed in the surgeon’s office or in an outpatient surgical center.
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What are The Long-Term Effects of Cheek Implants?

You can expect to see the refined, contoured results of the implants gradually emerging after four to six weeks, post operatively. Cheek implants usually adds aesthetically pleasing contours to your face while the results are permanent.
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What Are the Risks and Limitations of Cheek Implants?

Chewing is limited immediately following surgery while a soft food diet is required for several days. The recovering patient should avoid any rough contact, blows or pressure to the cheek or strenuous activity.

You should also have someone else drive you home on the day of the procedure. If you live alone, you should have somebody stay with you at least the first night once you’re home. Make sure to wear a loose blouse or shirt that does not have to be pulled over your face. If you are a smoker, your surgeon may ask you to quit smoking for a time before and after the surgery. Be sure to ask your surgeon if you may eat or drink the night before the surgery.

As with any other surgical procedure, infection may occur. If an infection persists, the implant may have to be moved and replaced later on. Shifting of the implant is another possibility. Should the implant become slightly misaligned, a second procedure may be necessary to reposition it.
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What Are The Typical Costs Associated With Cheek Implants?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average surgeons’ fee in the U.S. for cheek implants was $2,739 in 2009. Additional costs vary, depending on the general economic conditions in the region where you live and can include: anesthesia, operating room facilities and other related expenses.
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Ten Questions Every Cheek Implant Patient Should Ask Their Surgeon

Prior to all implant procedures, a consultation should occur between the prospective patient and the providing surgeon. During this consultation, the surgeon and patient will discuss the treatment plan like the desired outcome, various options that are available to achieve it, the procedure itself as well as various risks and limitations. The surgeon will also provide information regarding anesthesia options, the location and description of where the procedure will be performed (i.e., hospital vs. office surgical suite) and associated costs. A discussion regarding the patient’s medical history, as well as a physical examination of the area to be treated will also take place during the consultation.

To learn more about cheek implants and have realistic expectations, the patient about, it is recommended that the patient look at before and after photographs, speak with previous implant patients, (you are always welcome to ask your doctor for referrals to previous patients and where to contact them) and get answers to the following questions:
  1. Are the desired results I described realistic?
  2. Where is the cheek implant performed and how long will it take?
  3. In my case, what technique and which implant are most appropriate?
  4. What kind of anesthesia will the surgeon use during the surgery?
  5. How much do cheek implants cost and what other elements factor into that cost (i.e., hospital fee, anesthesia, etc)?
  6. What is the surgeon’s level of experience in performing cheek implants?
  7. What percentage of patients experience complications with the cheek implants?
  8. What is the surgeon’s policy in regards to correcting or repeating the procedure if the implant does not meet agreed upon goals?
  9. What should I expect, post-operatively, in terms of soreness, scaring, activity level and so on?
  10. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked or suspended?
In addition to the previously mentioned questions, it is important that cheek implants patients relay to their surgeon information regarding any allergies and serious medical conditions they may have. Furthermore, patients should inform the surgeon of any medications they are taking.

This site provides information about plastic/cosmetic surgery and is designed to help users make decisions regarding their own treatment options. But medical information is not the same as medical advice--the application of medical treatment to a person's specific circumstances. Although we go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend you consult a qualified medical practitioner if you want professional assurance that our information, and your interpretation of it, is appropriate to your particular situation.
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