Cheek Augmentation and Reduction Surgery
There are two kinds of elective plastic surgeries which can be carried out on the cheek.
One surgery is known as cheek augmentation, which is where the size and shape of cheek is increased using specially designed cheek implants. The second procedure which can be completed on the cheeks is a cheek reduction surgery.
Cheek augmentations are normally completed by using an implant. There are so many kinds of cheek implants available and when you have your consultation with your plastic surgeon, they will provide a ‘bible’ of all the cheek implants shapes and sizes for you to look at and go through. The surgeon will discuss which kind of implant will suit the shape of your face.
This procedure is often conducted under a local anaesthetic and sedation; this means that you may be able to go home after the surgery depending on if any potential risks or complications arise. The incision is usually placed in the side of the cheek inside the mouth. It is possible however, but extremely rare that incision will be made through the lower eyelid. Once the incision has been made, the implant is then placed through into a pocket of soft, fatty tissue which is just under the eye.
Why have Cheek Augmentation or Reduction Surgery?
If you are bothered by weak cheeks, or have lost volume due to the effects of aging, cheek augmentation can help you achieve a more youthful and flattering appearance. Unlike cosmetic fillers, cheek augmentation is permanent, with many options available to achieve the desired size and shape. Cheek reductions are suitable for people who feel their cheeks are over-full or prominent. The reduction is achieved by the removal of fat, segments of bone, or both.
Risks and Complications
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. If I have cheek augmentation using an implant, can my implant leak?
A. The cheek implant is made out of the same material that breast implants are made out of. There is a chance that over time, due to wear and tear, the implant will become damaged or leak. This can be fixed by having another implant operation.
Q. Will the procedure be very painful?
A. Unfortunately it is only natural to feel some level of discomfort but it is all down to individual differences. After having the procedure, the surgeon will usually prescribe some pain relief to help you kick start the healing process.
Q. Will my insurance pay for either operation?
A. Insurance companies usually only pay out if there is a medical reason why the individual needs cheek augmentation or cheek reduction. If this surgery is chosen by the individual so no medical reason, therefore making it an elective plastic surgery, then the insurance company will be unlikely to pay for it. However, the only real way to know if your insurance will pay out, is if you speak to them directly as all policies differ.