Cheek Augmentation / Malar Implant
Just like the chin, cheek enhancements also create a strong aesthetically appealing facial profile. Plastic surgeons use facial implants to improve and enhance facial contours and volume. Frequently, these implants will help provide a more harmonious balance to your facial features. Cheek implant surgery usually takes about 45 minutes to more than an hour. When cheek implants are being placed in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure such as a facelift, forehead lift or eyelid surgery, the implants may be inserted through the incisions made for those procedures. Otherwise, an incision will be made either inside your upper lip or your lower eyelid. A pocket is then formed and an implant is inserted. This may require only local anesthesia combined with a sedative. However, a general anesthesia may be recommended if the patient is agitated. There could be some swelling after the operation but it usually subsides after several days or weeks. After surgery, a dressing will be applied to minimize discomfort and swelling. The severity and duration of such effects may vary, especially if another cosmetic procedure was done at the same time.