Cheek Augmentation Pensacola

Cheek Augmentation

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Typical Timing/Age

After the completion of facial growth which is around 15 years old.

Problem

In general, the cheek should sit in front of the eyeball when viewed from the side. Flat or under-projecting cheeks can be due to skeletal (bone) deficiency or soft tissue deficiency. These deficiencies may be present from birth or result from aging or injury. A cheek deficiency may be treated with fat grafting, a midface lift and/or by placing implants on top of the facial skeleton to augment it.

Procedure

The implant(s) may be placed using incisions inside your mouth, inside your lower eyelid and/or through an incision on your lower eyelid a couple millimeters below your eyelashes. Once in place, the implant is fixed in place with screws.

Goal

>To improve facial harmony.

Facility

Office/Clinic, Surgery Center or Hospital

Preparation

Patients should wait at least 6 months after LASIK vision surgery. Patients should also have any dry eye symptoms treated prior to undergoing elective cosmetic eyelid surgery. Patients should have no future plans for orthognathic surgery.

Anesthesia

Local anesthesia in the office/clinic. Or if you prefer we can also perform the procedure under IV sedation at a Surgery Center or Hospital; or general anesthesia at a surgery center or hospital.

Recovery

Hospital stay

Most patients go home after surgery and do not require a night in the hospital.

Positioning

After a cheek augmentation you should sleep with your head elevated above your heart for a few days to help reduce the swelling.

Assistance

You will be able to walk around, feed and bathe yourself. Depending on your pain medication requirements, you may not be able to drive or care for others.

Walking

You are encouraged to walk around as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.

Showering

You may shower immediately following surgery.

Exercise

1 week for light exercise. 2 weeks for regular exercise. Avoid any pressure or trauma to the area for 6 weeks.

Sex

Wait 1 week because you don’t want to increase your blood pressure during the early healing period.

Work

You may be bruised for 1-2 weeks. If you have a desk job you can return to work as soon as you are comfortable doing so. Most people take 1-2 weeks off of work.

Swelling

Usually greatest around 3 days after surgery from which time it starts to subside. Some patients remain a little swollen for 2 months.

Bruising

Usually subsides by 1 week.

Follow-up Appointments

1-3 days after surgery, 7-10 days, 3 weeks, 6 months, 1 year.

Risks & Complications

Implant malposition, numbness, bleeding, infection, prolonged swelling, implant complications, lower eyelid malposition, dry eyes, chemosis, need for revision, complications related to anesthesia.

Performed by: Dr. Butler, Dr. Leveque

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