Cosmetic Surgery Hampton Roads – Cheek Implant Surgery
Who is a Candidate for Cheek Implants?
You may be a candidate for cheek implants if you have a desire and need for more prominent cheek contour. Small or significantly reduced cheek tissue and cheekbone contour are sometimes an inherited characteristic or the result of aging. Facial asymmetry is another excellent reason for needing cheek implants.
The intended results of cheek implants are enhanced cheek contours, greater facial balance, and improved symmetry.
About Cheek Implant Surgery
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under attended local or general anesthesia. A small incision is made under the upper lip, in the lower eyelid, or in the hairline, and a biologically inert, pre-shaped implant is placed next to the bone. Several optional incision locations are used:
- Under the upper lip, above the gum line,
- Beneath the eyelashes in the lower eyelid, or
- In the hairline or through a facelift incision.
The selection of incision will be discussed at the time of consultation. A biologically correctly shaped implant is inserted over the natural cheekbone contour. It will be held in place by the normal tissues that surround it.
There are usually no dressings. Initial swelling is usually moderate and gradually disappears over a month or two. Discomfort is mild to moderate and is controlled with oral medications. Sutures in the mouth dissolve and do not need to be removed. Sutures under the eyelid are removed in 4 to 5 days. Sutures or staples in the scalp are removed in approximately 10 days.
Payment for Plastic Surgery
This procedure is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment. Our patient counselors can help you with your financial arrangements, including financing.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.