Cheek augmentation surgery with prosthesis consists of inserting prosthesis into the cheeks to increase the prominence of the malar bone. In this way it is possible to obtain more prominent cheekbones and a more angular, harmonious and rejuvenated face.
The procedure is sometimes associated with the surgical removal of Bichat balls. The aim of this intervention is to highlight the cheekbones.
Cheek Prosthesis Implant
It consists of inserting prosthesis into the cheeks to increase the prominence of the malar bone. In this way it is possible to obtain a more angular and harmonious face, with a firmer gesture. The procedure is sometimes associated with the surgical removal of Bichat balls. The prosthesis that is used is made of silicone because it offers superior results to other implants that are available on the market.
Who needs a cheek prosthesis?
The implantation of prosthesis in the cheekbones can be carried out with local anaesthesia, although using sedation support is more comfortable, both for the surgeon and for the patient.
There are several possible approaches or incisions: through the lower rim of the eyelid, inside the mouth or above the sideburn; although the former is clinically more recommendable.
If we choose the latter, the surgeon must go down to the bone, dissecting the necessary area in order to create the pocket – the space where the prosthesis is to be housed – and introduce the implant by marking it in order to avoid displacements. A layered closure is then performed until the final suture has been performed.
Duration of the intervention
Approximately two hours.
Ice should be applied for 48 hours to reduce inflammation; the antibiotic treatment which begins in the operating room must be taken for a few days, avoiding sun exposure. The stitches are removed after 5 days. Normally, it takes a week for the swelling to go down and for the results to be seen.
What risks are involved?
Displacement of the prosthesis: This can occur in the long term producing asymmetry, which would require reintervention for their placement:
Haematomas: These are accumulations of blood that occur when a vessel has not coagulated. It’s usually necessary to remove these through a surgical intervention.
Infection: It occurs very rarely as antibiotics are always used to prevent it. However, even if it does not put the patient’s life in danger, if this happened it could worsen the aesthetic result and force the prosthesis to be temporarily removed. If the incision is made inside the mouth, this risk increases.
In order to avoid the pigmentation of this area do not expose the cheeks to sun for two months.
Choose moderate sized prostheses to achieve naturalness.
Frequently asked questions about cheek prosthesis.
Is the operation possible without leaving visible scars?
Yes, by choosing the inner mouth approach.
Will its volume reduce over time?
No, the result is permanent.