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Cheek Augmentation


Cheek implants add body and contour to cheeks that lack definition. Individuals with weak cheek structure, a narrow or flat face, or who have lost cheek contour due to the effects of age can benefit from the aesthetic enhancement that cheek augmentation can provide. The simplicity of cheek surgery and the relatively low cost of cheek implants make them an especially attractive cosmetic solution.

What are Cheek Bone Implants?

Cheek bone implants have been in use since 1956 and have a proven record for safe and effective cosmetic enhancement. They are constructed from a variety of synthetic materials that range from fairly rigid to flexible. Cheek bone implants come in various shapes and sizes, and most can be custom shaped to a particular facial structure. Some cheek implants, such as those made from silicone, do not integrate with tissue and can be easily removed at a later date. Other cheek bone implants, such as hydroxyapatite implants, integrate with natural bone tissue and become part of the cheek structure.

Cheek Augmentation Surgery

When cheek implants are placed in conjunction with another facial plastic surgery procedure such as a face lift, brow lift, rhinoplasty, or eyelid lift, the implants can be inserted through the incisions made for those procedures. When not used in conjunction with other plastic surgery treatments, the cheek implants are placed on their own through small incisions made in the mouth or lower eyelids. The implants are placed into small pockets formed by the surgeon in the cheek tissue. Stitches used to close the incision are removed in about 10 days, or they dissolve in the about the same period if placed inside the mouth.

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Cheek Implants Complications and Risks

Though rare in occurrence, cheek implants complications can happen. Initially, there is the risk of an adverse reaction to anesthesia used in the cheek surgery procedure. A correlation exists between anesthesia complications and the use of tobacco, antidepressants, and various other substances. For this reason, disclosure of any substance use to the surgeon prior to surgery is very important.

Post-surgery cheek implants complications may include infection, which is usually treatable with antibiotics. Misplacement of a cheek implant can result in shifting that causes asymmetry, sometimes necessitating a second procedure to realign the implant. If you are considering cheek implants and you’d like to reduce the chance of post-surgical complications, the best course of action is to take care when choosing a plastic surgeon. 

What is the Average Cost of Cheek Implants?

When deciding whether or not to receive cheek implants, the price is a factor many prospective patients consider. The specific cost of cheek implants procedures differs between surgeons, and the average cost of cheek implants differs between geographic regions. The fee for the cheek surgery itself varies, but generally ranges from $2,000 to $3,000. However, lab fees for blood tests, x-rays, and other associated costs must also be considered. Depending on the surgeon and the related medical fees, cheek augmentation cost can range from $2,400 to $5,000.

The cost of cheek implants may be greatly reduced if the procedure is done in conjunction with another facial plastic surgery procedure. For convenience, there are a number of plastic surgery financing options available to make cheek implants affordable on almost any budget.

Speak with a Facial Implants Surgeon in Your Area

DocShop offers listings of plastic surgeons skilled in cheek surgery and augmentation who achieve exceptional results using cheek implants to add healthy fullness to the cheeks. To learn more about the benefits and cost of cheek implants, use DocShop’s directory to locate a skilled facial implants surgeon near you.

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