When you are young, your midface is full and the skin in your lower face and neck is smooth. As you age, the midface loses volume and the lower face and neck begins to droop and wrinkle. Cheek implants can create a remarkable change to your appearance by restoring fullness to the midsection of your face, lifting up the sagging skin and giving you a naturally youthful look.
Cheek implants can be made of a medical material that feels like tissue in your cheeks or custom made from a material that adheres directly to your cheek bone. The benefit of cheek implants are that, unlike derma fillers, they are permanent and don’t migrate or move.
Cheek implants are inserted through an incision inside the mouth just above the front teeth. The implants are then placed inside a pocket directly over the cheek bone and, once they are positioned, the skin is stitched up with dissolvable stiches.
There are no visible scars.
Are You a Good Candidate?
If your face looks sunken or deflated due to genetics, trauma, or aging, cheek implants could be a good choice for you. Cheek implants can also be used to treat congenital deformities or to correct asymmetry.
Your first step will be to have a detailed consultation with Dr MacDonald where she will listen to your goals and concerns and complete a careful examination. Then, Dr. MacDonald will discuss the treatment options that best address your concerns and particular situation.
Dr. MacDonald and her staff will:
- Give you detail information about the surgery and what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure
- Discuss any concerns or questions that you may have
- Discuss potential risks of the procedure
The procedure is done as a day surgery. You may be given either a local anaesthetic with sedation or a general anaesthetic.
You will be given instructions on what time to arrive for your surgery and what you can and should eat and drink that day.
You will need someone to drive you home.
Healing is generally quite rapid and there are no external scars.
As with any surgery, there are risks. These include the normal surgical risks of infection, scarring, delayed wound healing, bruising, or bleeding However, all risks in this procedure are rare. They will all be discussed further during your consultation.
The surgery suited best for you will be discussed at the time of consultation and Dr MacDonald’s assistant will e-mail you a detailed cost breakdown.