Some people have a shallow cheek prominence or they may have a narrow face. Aesthetically, a desirable feature of the face is an oval appearance, and a well-defined cheek prominence. So in order to correct shallowness of the cheek prominence in a profile, or to create an oval appearance of the face, cheek implants are needed.
Cheek implants are placed through a small incision inside the mouth. The surgery can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation. General anesthesia can also be used. Appropriate size and shape of the implant is chosen according to the requirement of the patient. This is a one day procedure and the patient can go home the same day, as of surgery.
The procedure can take 1 to 1.5 hours to complete.
Some swelling and bruising is expected, which may last from four to five days. For the first two days, restricted diet containing liquids is advised. But once the swelling subsides, the regular food can be started as well.
You should take off from work for two to three days. Although there is swelling, but physically, a person can resume regular work in just three to four days. Swelling may last more than a week.
With cheek implant surgery, the results are permanent.
For the first two or three days, there might be some pain, but with adequate pain medication, it can be easily controlled.
With any surgical procedure, there are potential complications. With cheek implant, there are chances of infection, bleeding, asymmetry and extrusion of the implants.