Why cheek implants?
As we age, our facial skin becomes thinner and many of the dermal support structures degrade. Over time, the skin loses elasticity and begins to sag. Moreover, aging often cause the face to lose volume. The combined effects of these 2 creates a stereotypical “sunken” appearance usually associated with old age. Also, some individuals might have been bothered by flatter cheeks since birth, making them look older than they are. Cheek implants can help solve this problem by replacing the lost volume, giving a younger and more rejuvenated appearance.
On the other hand, cheek implants can also be used to make the cheekbones more defined, giving the face a sharper look.
Different types of chin implants
Chin implants are usually made from medical grade silicone. A composite material that will naturally fuse with the cheekbones may be used sometimes.
Depending on the patient’s conditions and expectations, cheek implants usually have 3 main shapes:
Malar implants (“Malar” is medical term for the area around the cheekbones) are placed directly on your cheekbones. This is usually done to give re-contour the face and give the cheeks a sharper, more defined look.
Submalar implants are inserted under the cheek, unlike malar implants. These generally used to create volume and lift the cheek areas of the face, reducing the “sunken” appearance usually associated with aging.
Combined implants, like the name suggests, combines both malar and submalar implants in a single procedure. The combined effects of re-sculpting the cheekbones and volumizing the cheek tissue will usually give the face a younger and more refreshed look.
In general, cheek implants may be suitable alternatives for patients who wants to achieve a more long-lasting, perhaps permanent “facelift”.
Procedure of cheek augmentation
Cheek implants are usually inserted from an incision inside the mouth or from inside the upper eyelid, depending on individual conditions and the surgeon’s preference. The inserted implants are then adjusted and repositioned as necessary, before the incisions are closed with sutures. The whole procedure will be performed under local or general anaesthesia.
Cheek augmentation procedures usually take 30 to 90 minutes to complete, depending on the individual conditions and the type/size of implants used.
Possible risks and complications
As with all plastic surgery procedures, cheek implants have some potential risks and complications. These may include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Damage of nerves, leading to altered vision and other senses
- Inflammation and infection
- Damage of facial muscles, permanently altering facial expressions
- Facial asymmetry
Most, if not all of these can be avoided with good surgery technique. Be sure to consult a experienced, skilled and reputable plastic surgeon for your cheek implants.