Cheek augmentation is used to improve facial proportions and overall facial balance. This may be achieved by either fillers or implants.  The advantage of filler use is that it’s temporary, the procedure is done in the office, and fillers that is made from hyaluronic acid can be dissolved if the patient doesn’t like the result.  Cheek implants can provide significant volume enhancement immediately that will last for the life of the implant.  Surgery is required to place the implant.  For some patients where significant augmentation is desired, cheek implant is the solution.  (See before and after photo of cheek implant surgery)

What is CHEEK Augmentation surgery?

Cheek implants are done as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. The implant is placed through the inside of the mouth through a small incision high above upper back teeth. The implant is secured to the bone by a small screw to prevent movement after surgery.  In some cases, a lower eyelid incision can be used if the patient is already undergoing a lower eyelid procedure concurrently.

What is the recovery?

Bruising can occur after surgery and will take about 2 weeks to resolve, while swelling will take at least 4-6 weeks to resolve.  The patient is recommended to keep the head elevated even while sleeping to reduce swelling.

Pain is very minimal.  Complication is low and the surgery is well tolerated.  But as with any surgery, there is risk of bleeding, infection, hematoma, fluid collection despite drain placement and after drain removal, tissue necrosis, open wound, contour deformity, scarring, asymmetry, decrease or no sensation in the surgical area.