High or prominent cheekbones have long been considered a desirable facial feature. Prominent cheekbones can help to add balance and definition to the overall look of the face. Cheek augmentation, also known as malar augmentation, can enhance the appearance of the cheeks with the use of cheek implants. Implants may also be used to correct congenital or traumatic asymmetries.
Cheek augmentation is often sought by individuals who would like the appearance of higher cheekbones. However, this procedure can also restore cheek fullness that has diminished with age in order to recreate a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
Dr. Rubinstein typically performs cheek augmentation on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia and light sedation. Two small incisions are made inside of the mouth and the implants are inserted and placed over the cheekbones. The incisions are then closed. Procedural times average thirty to forty minutes. Facial implants can be made from a variety of different materials including non-toxic, non-fluid filled materials like solid silicone and polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon).
After cheek augmentation, patients may experience some minor discomfort. This can be controlled with medication and typically resolves within two to three days. A small dressing may be applied and this is removed within a few days. Bruising and swelling are common; the bruising typically resolves within two weeks while swelling may last for several weeks. Some patients also experience temporary numbness. Work and other normal activities can typically be resumed within a few days to one week, though more strenuous activities will need to be postponed for several weeks.
Cheek augmentation is a very safe procedure but there are potential risks just as with any surgery. These risks may include adverse anesthesia reactions, infection, implant shifting and unnatural shape. You can minimize your potential risks by carefully following your pre- and post-operative instructions.