WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CHEEK IMPLANTS?
Plumps out sunken or hollow cheeks
Restores a more youthful appearance
Provides contouring and facial balance
IS THERE AN ALTERNATIVE TO CHEEK IMPLANT SURGERY?
There are some non-surgical procedures that can also be used to enhance the cheek area such as dermal fillers. It may also be possible to plump out the cheek area with a fat transfer procedure. Discuss your options with your surgeon to decide which procedure or procedures are most suited to your individual goals.
DURING YOUR CHEEK IMPLANT SURGERY CONSULTATION, YOU WILL:
Discuss the reasons behind you seeking cheek augmentation
Learn more about cheek surgery and implants and the process involved
Discuss the care you will receive before, during and after your cheek implant surgery
Have a full health evaluation
Undergo an assessment of your cheek area
Talk through alternative surgical and non-surgical options
Discuss timescales and details about the cost of cheek implants
WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE YOUR CHEEK IMPLANT SURGERY:
Relaxed and comfortable surgery and recovery starts with you and your surgeon, so it’s essential you establish good two-way communication. This will begin in your consultation where you will have the opportunity to talk in detail about your situation and the procedure.
As you get nearer to your procedure date you may be asked to make some small lifestyle changes in order to ensure you are in the best possible health. You are likely to be asked to avoid some medications and activities or undergo testing.
This may include:
Taking medical tests including blood tests
Adjusting or taking certain medications
Avoiding aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs
Refraining from drinking alcohol
Avoiding sun overexposure, particularly to your face
Committing not to make stringent changes to your diet
If a general anaesthetic is to be used during surgery, you will be given instructions on how to fast.
THE CHEEK IMPLANT PROCEDURE:
Cheek implant surgery usually takes around an hour depending on the extent of work required, type of anaesthesia and number of procedures being carried out
Implants are specially selected to fit with your face and bone structure. They are usually inserted on top of your cheekbones via incisions on the inside of your mouth
Sometimes a bone graft is carried out using bone from your own body, usually the hip
The incisions are sealed with absorbable sutures
AFTER YOUR CHEEK IMPLANT PROCEDURE:
Following your cheek implant procedure, you should be able to return home the same day.
You should take it easy for around a week and take time off work to aid your recovery
The skin around the cheek area may feel tight and there will be some swelling and bruising which should subside around a week after surgery
You will need to avoid hot and spicy foods and crunchy foods for a few weeks
You should avoid saunas, steam baths and sunbathing for around 1 month
An aftercare appointment schedule will be arranged for you to attend appointments with Dr Cotrufo
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT CHEEK IMPLANTS?
Dr Stefano Cotrufo is a cosmetic surgery and reconstructive microsurgery expert with a particular specialism in carrying out surgical procedures to the face and neck area, such as the cheek implant procedure.
Should you wish to learn more about the cheek augmentation procedure or would like to discuss the service and aftercare you can expect to receive with us, please call 0207 873 2330 to book a consultation.