Cheek augmentation is an excellent plastic surgery procedure able to add definition to the cheek area and improve the facial contours. Miami cheek implants are soft silicone implants which come in a variety of shapes and are placed over the malar bone through a small incision made under the upper lip. This is a great procedure for anyone with poor cheek projection or weak malar prominence.
Dr. Richard Galitz performs cheek augmentation at his office-based surgical suite at Aventura Plastic Surgery in Aventura, Florida, or in a nearby outpatient facility. The surgery is commonly performed with local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia and takes approximately forty-five minutes to complete. The incision is made under the upper lip on the right and left side. Through this incision, Dr. Galitz will elevate the tissues and create a pocket of sorts into which the cheek implant is precisely placed and positioned over the bone.
There is a one-week recovery after cheek augmentation. During this time, movement of the mouth and lips may be temporarily diminished. Dietary restrictions may be necessary to accommodate incisions made on the inside of the mouth. Some patients experience discomfort and this can be alleviated with pain medication. The stitches will dissolve on their own and need not be removed. Most patient can return to work after five days and to exercise and more strenuous activities after approximately ten days. As with all types of surgery, there are potential risks associated with cheek augmentation and these may include implant asymmetry, infection and nerve injury. Selecting a Miami board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience and skill can help to minimize your risk of complications and better ensure positive results.