As we age, our cheeks don’t take it kindly. The combination of decreasing collagen production and skin elasticity can leave your cheeks saggy and hollow. And the cheeks are one of the areas that other people focus on when looking at the face.
Chin implants with Dr. Trovato can return form and structure to the cheeks. They won’t make you look like someone else, but they will enhance your features.
What are cheek implants?
Cheek implants are made of silicone, high-density porous polyethylene, or Gore-Tex and are inserted under the skin to enhance the structure of the cheek area. They may increase projection or simply fill volume that has been lost due to aging.
Who can benefit from cheek implants?
Good candidates for cheek implants are those who have flat, “deflated” cheeks due to aging or illness. Cheeks that are poorly defined may also be corrected with cheek implant surgery. Patients who have hollowed cheeks or temples, or baggy eyes and wrinkled cheeks, usually reap the best outcomes from the procedure.
How are cheek implants used in surgery?
Cheek implants may be placed in conjunction with other facial plastic surgery procedures such as facelifts or rhinoplasty, or as a stand-alone procedure. Dr. Trovato inserts cheek implants through small incisions in the patient’s mouth or lower eyelids. Small pockets are created underneath the cheek tissue to house the implants.
What are the complications and risks associated with cheek implants?
The main complication from cheek implants is the possibility of the implant shifting once in place. If this happens, another surgery will needed to put the implant back into its proper location.
Cheek implant recovery
Initial swelling will hide the immediate results of having new cheek implants. While it usually is gone within a few days, in rare cases, this swelling may last several months before fully dissipating. There can be some discomfort, numbness, and discoloration in the area of your implants. Your facial movements may also become impaired or restricted temporarily; this is a common manifestation that many patients experience after their implant surgery.