One of the more prominent features of the face has always been the cheeks. Cheek bones enhance the shape of the face as well as bring balance in conjunction with other facial features. As children, we all have high, prominent cheek bones, but as we grow our face changes and we can lose them. Cheek Implant Surgery is a great way to give fullness to flat cheek bones and add more overall projection to the face.

THE PROCEDURE

Cheek implant surgery begins with an incision on the inside of the mouth. The surgeon will make an incision where the cheek meets the upper gum. Once this is done, the skin will be separated from the underlying tissue in order to create a pocket. The cheek implant will then be inserted into the pocket and placed either on or directly below the existing cheek bone. Once the implant is in place, the incision will be closed with sutures. Cheek implant surgerys is often performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, so, if it is possible, surgeons will often insert the cheek implant through and incision that is made for a different procedure.

Will It Hurt?

Most surgeons use a local anesthetic combined with sedatives for the procedure. This numbs the area around the mouth and cheeks, yet allows the patient to remain awake. After the procedure, the surgeon will apply bandages to the cheeks in order to minimize swelling and discomfort. Soreness may be experienced as the anesthetic wears off but this can be controlled with pain medication.

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What Will My Results Be?

Cheek implant surgery can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. It is an outpatient procedure so patients can return home the same day. Patients find that the ability to move their lips and mouth is diminished, but this only lasts temporarily. Activity should be limited for about a month after the surgery to ensure that the face is not bumped or harmed in any way. The sutures used to close the incisions will either dissolve or be taken out about 10 days after the surgery. By then, swelling and bruising should be significantly reduced and cheeks should start looking more normal. Some patients will experience mild swelling for several months after the procedure, but it will be very minor and hardly noticeable. Patients who undergo cheek implant surgery in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures should remember that the effects of the procedure may differ. Other surgeries may prolong the recovery period. cheek implant surgery

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Consent for insertion of cheek plants

  • I hereby request the above named surgeon(s) and/or their associates to perform a surgical procedure known as insertion of chin/cheek implants. This procedure has been explained to me and I completely understand its nature and consequences.
  • I understand that every surgical procedure involves certain risks and possibilities of complications such as bleeding, infection, poor healing, etc and that these and other complications may follow even when the surgeon uses the utmost care, judgment and skill. These risks have been explained to me and I accept them.
  • The following points have been explained in detail:
    • There will be a scar inside my mouth or under my chin for a chin implant, and the malar (cheek) implant.
    • Bleeding or infection around the implant may require removal of the implant.
    • Although every attempt will be made to make both cheeks the same following surgery, the appearance of the cheeks may not be identical in size, shape, or height.
    • Cheek implants may slip, and the edges of the implant may sometimes palpable or visible.
    • Numbness of parts of the cheek or chin is common following surgery but usually is temporary. Rarely, it may be continual.
    • The implant material does not, to our knowledge, increase or decrease the chances of cancer developing.
    • This type of operation has been done for several years, but the end results are not and cannot be determined for a number of years yet to come.
    • As a result of scarring around the implant, the cheeks/chin may feel hard to the touch.
  • I have an understanding of the operation which includes but is not limited to the above items. I understand that secondary revisions may be required in some cases. I also understand that charges will be made for the use of the operating room, whether in the day surgery or the hospital and for any additional implants or materials required. I agree to be responsible for these charges.
  • I recognise that, during the course of the operation, unforeseen conditions may necessitate additional or different procedures than those outlined. I, therefore, further authorise and request that the above-named surgeon or his/her assistants perform such procedures as are, in his or her professional judgment, necessary and desirable. The authority granted under this Paragraph 4 shall extend to remedying conditions that are not known to or could not reasonably be anticipated by the above doctor(s) at the time the operation is commenced.
  • I consent to the administration of local or general anaesthetic agents by or under the direction and supervision of the above doctor(s), anaesthetist, or nurse working with them.
  • I am aware that the practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science, and I acknowledge that no promises have been made to me as to the results of the operation or procedure; nor are there any assurances against an unfavourable result.
  • I consent to be photographed before, during and after the surgery; that these photographs shall be the property of the above doctors and may be used as they deem proper for scientific and educational purposes.
  • I agree to keep the above doctor(s) informed of any change of address, and I agree to co-operate with them in my care after surgery until completely discharged.
  • I understand that the doctors' fees are separate from the anaesthesia and hospital charges, and implant costs and the doctors' fees are agreeable to me. There may be a fee if a secondary procedure is required. Personal expectations vary; please ensure that you have liaised with your doctor and he has understood your expectations of surgery. Some operations require secondary or multiple procedures to obtain a better result.
  • Secondary surgical procedures are much more difficult than primary procedures. The operations for repair are much more complex than the primary operations because of scarring and more bleeding and bruising. The possibility of nerve damage and poor healing is greater and most importantly, the results are unpredictable.
  • It is important for the patient to realise that the results of secondary surgery will never be as predictable as those of primary surgery. If a secondary procedure is necessary, further expenditure will be required, namely surgeon's fees, the use of the operating room, anaesthesia and possibly hospitalisation. Before embarking on secondary surgery, you should be aware of your possible future commitments to multiple procedures in order to gain an acceptable result for yourself.
  • I have read a copy of the foregoing consent for the operation, understand it, accept these facts, and hereby authorise the above doctor(s) to perform this surgical procedure on me.
*Disclaimer - Results may vary from person to person.