Facial contours are among your most noticeable features. Some individuals may be unhappy with how they look as a result of congenital defects or injury to the face, while others are simply dissatisfied with their appearance. Cheek implants, also known as malar implants, can restore smooth, round contours to the cheeks to create a proportional and balanced appearance.
Malar implants are made of soft, solid silicone or porous substances that may allow integration with surrounding tissues. These implants are frequently chosen to enhance areas of the face for the following reasons:
- areas of the face are asymmetrical
- an area of the face is not well developed
- an area of the face is malformed due to a health condition
- an area of the face has lost volume as part of the normal aging process
Appropriate for young patients who would like to improve the balance of facial features, or older patients seeking to restore volume to sunken regions, cheek implants improve or accentuate the appearance by restoring balance and enhancing your natural contours.
Incision and Pocket Creation
The cheek, or malar, implant procedure is usually performed through an incision inside the upper lip or in the natural crease of the lower eyelids below the lower eyelash.
The surgeon makes an incision near the top of the gums. Then the soft tissue is elevated, and a pocket is created. The pocket is usually positioned directly over the cheekbone, but the surgeon may adjust the position slightly to produce optimal results for the shape of your face.
Malar implants are pliable, which allows them to be inserted through a small opening. The surgeon will insert and carefully position sterile, triangular shaped implants, ensuring the proper fit inside each pocket. In some cases, small surgical screws are used to attach the implants to bone. Once an implant is in place, the surgeon will verify that it looks natural and balanced, making any necessary adjustments. When satisfied, your physician will close the incisions with dissolvable sutures.
You will likely experience some tightness and swelling for a few days, and some people experience numbness in the implant area for several weeks. The sutures inside your mouth will dissolve in about 6-8 weeks. While you may feel well enough to resume work and light activities in less than a week, you should avoid strenuous physical activity or activities that may jar or bump the implant areas for several weeks.
You may notice results from facial implant procedures after the procedure. As the swelling subsides, the area that received the implant will soften and begin to look more natural. Your muscle movement should not be affected. The implants are placed so that they are unlikely to shift, and the tissue surrounding the implants will stretch to comfortably accommodate them over the following months. With malar implants, you can achieve the shape, definition, and cheek contours that you have always wanted.
The aim of this article is to give you a general information about the surgical intervention in question. You need to make more research about possible complications and risks of this selected procedure in order to make an informed decision. Please note that complications occur more frequently with patients who are obese, smoke, and have a history or lung or other chronic underlying medical conditions.
Smokers are recognized to have a significantly higher risk of post operative wound healing problems with a subsequently higher potential of infection as well as operative and post operative bleeding. Patients should discontinue smoking for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Although it helps to stop smoking before and after surgery, this does not completely eliminate the increased risks resulting from long term smoking. Smoking also has a long term adverse effect on the skin and ageing process.