Flattened appearance of the cheekbone area of the face. A desire for more prominent cheekbones.
A stronger appearance to the cheekbones. Widening of the middle third of the face.
Cheekbone implants are made of porous polyethylene (Porex)™, a firm plastic with a surface that allows for ingrowth of tissue into the implant to anchor it in place. This type of implant material can also be customized during the procedure for a better correction. Cheek implants are placed through an incision inside the upper gums above the teeth. Commonly, general anesthesia is utilized, and the patient goes home shortly after the procedure.
Recuperation and Healing
Swelling and bruising resolve over a 2-week time frame. Pain is controlled with oral analgesics. Sutures in the mouth dissolve in 2 to 3 weeks.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.