What is Cheek Augmentation?
Cheek prosthesis or cheek augmentation makes the cheeks that are not prominent, well-shaped. Since slim and stressed cheeks might make the person’s face look old, tired, and sick; cheek augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure for many men & women to acquire a fit face.
Some people consider prosthesis to be the best option because it creates the highest amount of symmetry and has a lifetime of durability. Moreover, the simplicity of cheek implant surgery and the relatively low cost of cheek implants make many people interested in doing cheek augmentation.
Cheek prostheses come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can often be customized to suit the specific structure of the face.
Some types of cheek prostheses, such as silicone prostheses, do not attach to the tissue and can be easily removed later. The bone prosthesis of other species, such as hydroxyapatite prostheses, integrate with the natural bone tissue and form part of the cheek structure.
Who is a Good Candidate?
People who have a weak cheek structure, whose face looks narrow or smooth, or who have lost the shape of their cheek due to the effects of age, can benefit from cheek prosthesis surgery. The right person to perform this operation must be physically healthy, have no disease, or a history of critical illness in the past.
You are a good candidate for cheek augmentation if:
- Your bone maturity is complete in the bones of the face and scalp.
- You have good emotional stability and decision-making power.
- You have realistic and clear expectations of action.
- You want to increase the distinct disproportion of your cheek size and protrusion with the forehead and your face’s middle part.
- You do not need any surgery to correct your teeth.
- You have the asymmetry of the face – congenital or due to injury and fracture of the facial bones – you need to increase the volume and protrusion of one side.
- You want to increase the width of the area between the two angles of your lower jaw or to make its boundaries clearer, so this action will help to improve the fit between different parts of your face.
- The boundaries of your cheek area are not clear hereditary or due to aging. Or you do not have the desired prominence and volume, which is a sign of youth and well-being.
- You are not a smoker. If you are already a smoker or have just quit, you are not the right person to do this because smoking increases the risk of postoperative complications.
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.
Price & Cost
Price range: CA$3000-10,000 Depending on the type of implant, and the extent of surgery. Our surgeon can give you an exact estimate of the cost after examination & talking with you. The Consult session is free.