Custom Cheek Implants: Are They Right for You?
While the toll aging takes on our skin is certainly unpleasant, it’s not surprising. However, many are shocked to discover that aging even affects our bones. Facial bones shrink in size as we age, giving the cheeks a flat or hollow appearance as the skin and muscle in the face are rearranged. The appearance of cheekbones can also be altered by damage endured by the face over time.
Regardless of the cause, a hollow or flat complexion is especially distressing now that high, dramatic cheekbones are increasingly considered imperative for an attractive, youthful, and well-balanced face. Fortunately, custom facial implants can restore youth, vitality, and self-confidence.
More than Just Bones
What we perceive as “cheekbones” is only partially the result of bone structure. A large part of the appearance of high cheekbones is due to the soft tissue resting on top of the bone. Older implants tended to produce an artificial-looking appearance by only replicating bone, ignoring the importance of soft tissue. However, modern implants reflect the actual anatomy of the face, creating a more youthful, natural look. Pairing custom cheek implants with filler injections can help guarantee a natural appearance.
How Cheek Implants Work
Cheek implants are inserted through a 45- to 90-minute procedure, which can also be combined with other cosmetic procedures for efficiency and convenience. Chin augmentation and face or neck lifts are some of the procedures most commonly paired with cheek implants. The patient is put to sleep using either IV sedation or general anesthesia, which relieves any discomfort for the first few hours following the procedure. Patients are generally given antibiotics before, during, and after the procedure to prevent infection.
Cheek Implants Recovery
Following the procedure, some swelling, bruising, and discomfort are expected, which should resolve within two weeks. Bandages are usually applied to provide the implant with support and to keep the site clean as you heal. Medication is usually prescribed to relieve discomfort. Your doctor will provide you with specific instructions on:
- When to take medications
- How to care for the surgical site
- How to prevent infection
- Concerns specific to your particular surgery and personal health
- When you can return to various activities
- How and when to follow up with your surgeon
Within four to six weeks, the site should be fully healed, revealing your final results. After healing, implants look like part of your natural bone structure.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you’re considering custom cheek implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Binder today.
Dr. William J. Binder is reputed as the father of modern facial contouring, with the majority of facial implants produced worldwide having been designed in part or in full by Dr. Binder. He is double board-certified with significant research experience, and is actively involved in teaching facial contouring techniques to surgeons across the globe.
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