What is Cheek Implant?
Cheek implant surgery helps to improve the bone structure of your face by making your cheekbones look fuller and higher. It builds on your existing bone structure by placing an implant over the top of your cheekbones.
Cheek implants is a transforming surgical procedure for women with narrow, weak cheek structure, as well as those who have lost cheek volume due to the natural ageing process. Cheek implant effectively enhances the projection of the cheek, transforming sunken cheeks into more youthful looking, revitalized cheeks.
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About Iranian Surgery
Iranian surgery is an online medical tourism platform where you can find the best cosmetic surgeons in Iran. All surgeons working with Iranian Surgery specialize in plastic surgery and perform cheek implants surgery in well-equipped hospitals, so after cheek implants in Iran you will face the least possible complications.
For more information about the cost of cheek implants in Iran and to schedule an appointment in advance, you can contact Iranian Surgery consultants via WhatsApp number +98 901 929 0946. This service is completely free.
Before Cheek Implants
Who is a Good Candidate for Cheek Implants Surgery?
The best candidates for cheek implant procedures are those seeking a permanent solution to enhance their mid-facial area. They’ll also have healthy skin that’s not too thin, for the implants to look more natural.
Benefits of Cheek Implants
Cheek augmentation with implant surgery can expect to gain significant volume and definition to sunken or hollow cheeks. This surgery is ideal for patients that have lost soft tissue in their mid-facial area due to age, as well as those with naturally narrow cheek structures or congenital deformities.
It can also help patients that have suffered injuries to their mid-facial area to regain a more natural look after trauma. One of the primary benefits of this type of treatment is that unlike the other two options, the implants are permanent and results will last a lifetime.
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Preparation for Cheek Implants
To prepare for cheek implants, stop smoking four weeks before surgery to decrease any facial scarring that can be worsened due to the effects of tobacco smoking. Also, for two weeks before the procedure, avoid all aspirin, anti-inflammatory, and herbal medications. In addition to avoiding medication that causes blood-thinning, alcohol should be avoided for two days, while eating and drinking should not take place for six hours before surgery.
Risks and Complications
When recovering after cheek implant procedure, patients may have numbness or bleeding around the treated areas and the site of the incisions, and difficulty talking and smiling for some weeks after surgery. The most reported side effects and complications after this procedure are a heightened risk of blood clotting, and infection. If the infection of the implant should occur, or if the implant should move out of place at some point after surgery, a second procedure may be scheduled to deal with the infected implant or to correct its placement.
During Cheek Implants
Types of Cheek Implants
There are three types of cheek implants that you should know about:
. Submalar Implants
The submalar is located just beneath the lower eye line at the very point where the cheekbone begins. Around your early to mid-40s, you might begin to notice volume depletion in this region as your fat cells begin to descend down toward your lower cheek and chin area. This results in the cheeks looking sunken in and the bottom of the face developing jowls over time. Submalar implants are an easy and affordable solution to this problem as they’re placed directly above where the cheekbones begin.
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. Malar Implants
The malar region is just below the submalar area. It’s basically where your cheekbone sits. Malar implants are less common than submalar implants and they’re more commonly requested by younger patients in their 20s and 30s. The purpose of malar implants is to create a sharper, more angular shape that results in a strong and more defined bone structure.
Although it’s uncommon, some patients might opt to have both procedures performed at once if they feel that their cheekbones aren’t well defined, and they’ve lost volume in their midface area. Combining both procedures essentially allows patients to have the best of both worlds in terms of more voluminous and structurally sound cheekbones.
During the Procedure
How is cheek Implant performed?
In cheek implants, your doctor will discuss cheek implant materials with you. Typically, patients choose either solid silicone (the most popular option), Gore-Tex®, or Medpor implants, a decision that will depend on your preferences and your doctor’s recommendations. Your doctor will also help you decide where to make the incision location, either beneath the eyelid or inside the mouth.
To begin the surgery, your doctor will carefully draw lines along your cheeks to determine proper placement for the implants. You’ll then be sedated with either local or general anesthesia, or a combination of the two, and surgery will begin with the incision technique agreed upon before the start of the surgery. Through this incision, the doctor will slip the implant into a pocket of facial tissue, which will hold the implant in place in two areas: the outer upper cheek (malar implants) and the lower or mid-cheek areas (submalar implants). Once the implants are in place, your surgeon will close the incision with sutures and cover the area with compression bandages.
Recovery after Cheek Implants
Recovery after cheek implants requires a longer downtime than other procedures. Symptoms that appear within the first 72 hours after surgery are the most pronounced, though side effects should lessen considerably after these initial three days. After two weeks, all facial swelling should subside, although any lasting redness could take up to several weeks to completely disappear. The patient should avoid sleeping face-down for at least six to eight weeks after surgery to avoid inflicting trauma on the implants and sutured areas.
Are Cheek Implants painful?
Cheek implants are surgical procedures that require local or general anesthesia, and the process tends to be more invasive than fillers or fat transfers. As a result, the pain felt after cheek implants can be more intense than with other procedures, however, in most cases patients report minimal pain associated with recovery. For swelling and redness around the cheeks and under the eye areas, patients are instructed to use ice packs and pain medication approved by the cosmetic surgeon.