In the recent years, a large number of plastic surgery patients have set their minds on having high cheekbones. Whether patients want a slimmer looking face or the “apple” appearance to the cheeks, cheek implants are one way to achieve this appearance. With a common non-surgical option, cheek filler, many patients opt for this procedure instead. However, cheek fillers cannot always achieve the results patients are looking for and are not a permanent solution.
When deciding on cheek implants, patients often wonder: are cheek implants safe? Cheek implants are often designed to match each patient’s anatomy and made of non-toxic materials such as silicone. This makes the rejection rate low and steady with roughly any other implant procedure. As a surgical procedure, the cheek augmentation surgery itself comes with basic surgical risks like infection, unsatisfactory results, fluid collection, and scarring. Overall, chronic complications or risks are rare, especially when you choose a capable surgeon.
Cheek Implants Potential Risks and Complications
Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedures you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.
The possible risks of cheek augmentation include, but are not limited to:
. Anesthesia risks
. Blindness (rare complication of fat transfer)
. Cheek implant displacement
. Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
. Fatty cysts
. Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
. Fluid accumulation (seroma)
. Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
. Persistent pain
. Poor aesthetic result of donor site for fat transfer
. Poor healing of incisions
. Possibility of revisional surgery
. Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
. Skin loss
. Suboptimal aesthetic result
. Thick scar tissue around cheek implant (capsular contracture)
. Unfavorable scarring
These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It's important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.