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Cheek / Malar Augmentation

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Cheek augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is intended to emphasize the cheeks on a person’s face. Cheek Implants can be used to Augment the Cheek and enhance the beauty of the face. Cheek implant surgery is a procedure that is often combined with other facial surgeries to achieve a full facial enhancement.  In some cases, however, it is used by itself to enhance a sunken appearance or unpronounced cheekbones.

To augment the cheeks, Dr. Lajo may place a solid implant over the cheekbone. Injections with the patients’ own fat or a soft tissue filler, like Restylane, are also popular. Rarely, various cuts to the zygomatic bone (cheekbone) may be performed. Cheek augmentation is commonly combined with other procedures, such as a face lift or chin augmentation.

Cheek implants can be made of a variety of materials. The most common material is solid silicone. In addition, two popular options are high-density porous polyethylene, marketed as Medpor, and ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene), better known as Gore-Tex. Both Medpor and ePTFE are inert substances, providing better integration with the underlying tissue and bone than solid silicone. However, in the case of Medpor, the implants’ integration and ingrowth with the underlying tissue causes difficulty removing the implant if revisions are needed.

Cheek augmentation is an outpatient procedure done under general anesthetic or local anesthetic with sedation. Cheek implant surgery is usually performed under sedation or general anesthesia and take about one to two hours. Recovery from this surgery usually takes about ten days.