Like many other operations, the first stage of this surgery is anesthesia (general anesthesia in most cases). During the surgery, an incision is made inside the mouth or just below the bottom of the eyelids. The implant is then inserted either in the outer area of the upper cheek to create a high cheek effect, or in the lower or middle part of the cheek to help fill the face. Some patients choose the combination of both methods. The incisions are then closed with stitches that dissolve in a week or two. The operation lasts between 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the degree of difficulty of the procedure plus the implant material used.
Most patients can return to work within a week after cheek prosthesis surgery and resume their daily activities. Three to four weeks after cheek cosmetic surgery, they can resume exercise and strict activity. Up to two weeks after cosmetic surgery, a slight bruising and swelling can be seen. However, they can be reduced by using ice packs and a little makeup in the middle of the face.
During the recovery period after cheek prosthesis surgery, the patient should take all painkillers and antibiotics as prescribed by the doctor to reduce pain and prevent infection. Although the stitches resolve within a few weeks and do not need to be removed by a doctor, you still need to see your doctor for further care to see the results and evaluate your recovery.
After the initial recovery period of cheek prosthesis surgery, the final results gradually become more visible within a few weeks. Six months after surgery, your cheeks become fuller and more symmetrical, and your skin tightens. No scars are visible as well as your face will look natural and youthful.
Cheek prostheses have their side effects, but they are rare. Initially, there is a risk of adverse reactions to the anesthetic used in prosthetic cheek surgery. There is a correlation between the side effects of anesthesia and smoking, antidepressants, and other substances.
For this reason, be sure to consult with your surgeon about the drugs and medications you are taking before cheek surgery. Side effects of the prosthesis after surgery include infection, which can usually be treated with antibiotics.
Improper placement of the cheek prosthesis leads to alteration, displacement, and consequent asymmetry, which sometimes requires secondary cosmetic surgery to align the prosthesis.
If you are thinking of having a cheek prosthesis cosmetic operation with the minimal possibility of side effects after surgery, the best way is to choose the best surgeon possible.