Augmenting the cheeks may be done through a variety of surgical methods in order to increase the balance of the facial structure and provide a full, firm, and natural appearance.
Cheek augmentation is often performed using implants that are surgically placed through incisions in the mouth. Alternative sites for the implantation incisions may be within the hairline or inside the lower eyelid. These various situations are implemented based on the location of the implants and the augmentation specifics.
This procedure gives the best outcome when performed on patients whose faces have reached their final physical maturity following adolescence. It may also be helpful for faces that have been altered by trauma, disease, or previous surgery.
Cheek augmentation is designed to give a more proportionate facial image by improving balance and contour. Facial changes that can be made include:
This procedure is best performed on physically healthy non-smokers whose facial structures have reached their final physical proportions. Discontinuing smoking and some herbal supplements may be helpful for the best surgical outcome.
Depending on the specific procedure, intravenous sedation or a general anesthetic will be administered to ensure that the patient has the highest level of comfort throughout the procedure.
An incision is made within the mouth, inside the lower eyelid or hidden in the hairline, and the implantation area is exposed. A solid, biocompatible implant that has been specifically selected and customized for your surgery is inserted within the incision area. The incisions are closed using sutures or stitches to ensure minimal scarring.
After the procedure, the area may be bandaged and wrapped to minimize any swelling or bruising from the procedure. A tube may be inserted to drain any fluid buildup.
The incisions should heal within a few days, allowing you to remove your bandages. Within a few weeks your face should be healed to reflect the new contours.Your facial movements may be temporarily restricted or altered during this time. Additional rare side effects may include discoloration, numbness, sensitivity, skin irregularities, and infection.
For more information about cheek augmentation, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Trent J. Fogleman and Dr. Paul F. Benien, Jr., contact our Oklahoma City office at 405-691-3111. Our office is located at 9617 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73159, just minutes from Will Rogers World Airport. Service areas include: Oklahoma City, Tuttle, Edmond, Norman, Moore, Tulsa, Midwest City, Lawton, Yukon, Stillwater, Mustang, Shawnee, Blanchard and Elk City, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.
Dr. Fogleman and Dr. Benien create elegant, natural results with each surgical procedure or non-surgical treatment they perform. "Quality outcomes," as they say. Their goal is not to make their patients look different – they strive to make them look better, never overdone or obvious.