Cheek Implants (Malarplasties)
Prominent, well-defined cheekbones are one of the most striking signs of youthfulness and beauty. Because of heredity, some people simply don't have well-developed cheekbones, or their cheekbones may not be in balance with their other facial features. Others, who had well-defined cheekbones when younger, have lost this definition as the cheek soft tissues have started to droop with the aging process. Today we have several options to create or recreate this cheek definition–cheek implants or repositioning of the fallen cheek tissues with a facelift.
Cheek implants are made in a variety of shapes and sizes, allowing plastic surgeons to customize implant to the individual. Despite a skillful use of cosmetics, it is difficult to create contours where there are none. A permanent way to achieve high and pronounced cheekbones is through the use of cheek implants.
Cheek augmentation can have dramatic results by adding contrasts to a long, narrow or to an overly round face. This can create the soft angles and contrasts that are so sought-after. Cheek implants are placed on top of the cheekbone through an incision made usually inside the mouth, thus keeping the incision scar hidden. During the procedure, the implant is secured with one–two titanium screws. This anchors the implant in place to avoid migration. During the recovery process, there may be some discomfort during talking and eating, but this dissipates with time.
Nerve injury and post-operative infection are rare but possible risks. Dr. Haigney is a board-certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon and has additional accredited fellowship training in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. The procedures are performed in either one of the areas local hospitals under general anesthesia when combined with other procedures such as face or brow lift, or in Dr. Haigney's surgical suite when done alone. These credentials help ensure the highest standards of care for your utmost safety.
Prior to any surgery, a complete medical history will be taken, along with a careful examination to evaluate your general health. You and your surgeon will discuss the best types of anesthesia to be used, how the procedure works, your anticipated results, and the possible risks. During your subsequent pre-operative visit, you will receive preoperative instructions, so you will know your role in creating the most advantageous surgical outcome.
Sutures placed are resorbable. Discomfort associated with the surgery will be alleviated with medication prescribed by your surgeon. Antibiotics will be prescribed to prevent infection. A medicated oral rinse will be prescribed. Some temporary swelling and bruising of the face are to be expected; however, keeping the head slightly elevated when reclining and applying cold compresses may help reduce swelling. Chewing may be difficult for about two weeks, and tightness or numbness around the treated area may occur for a short while. Brushing the teeth is often difficult for several days.
Complications or infection are rare but following your surgeon’s instructions will make a significant difference in your recovery.