Malar Implants (Cheek Augmentation)
Malar augmentation is a cosmetic procedure performed to enhance the cheeks using an implant. Solid silicone facial implants are available in a variety of different profiles and sizes to increase fullness and projection of the cheeks. Malar augmentation surgery helps to provide or restore balance to facial proportions and/or youthful volume to the mid-face.
Small incisions are usually made inside the mouth and a “pocket” or space for the implant is created next to the bone. The implants are placed in the pocket and the surrounding soft tissue is sutured closed.
Though rare, post-operative complications are possible. These may include bleeding, infection, asymmetry or malposition of the implant(s), and altered sensation (numbness, tingling, and/or hypersensitivity). Our health care team follows you closely to recognize and treat any complications, should they arise.
Consultation for this procedure includes a full exam of the surgical site(s), review of patient goals, education on the procedure, explanation of potential risks, complications, and benefits; and VECTRA® 3D imaging with simulation of potential results.
Anesthesia: Monitored Sedation or General Anesthetic
Length: Approximately 1 hour
Prior to booking, you should ensure you have a responsible adult available to care for and assist you. You cannot be alone for 24 hours after surgery. We also recommend having someone available to drive you to your post-op appointment(s). You must be prepared to pay a 15% deposit to secure your surgical date, and the remaining balance four weeks prior to your procedure.
Moderate swelling, bruising, and discomfort are to be expected. You will be seen in office by our postoperative nurses around day 5-10 post-op, and additionally as needed. They will assist you with incision care and assessment of the surgical site; and will advise on long-term care and expectations. Sutures typically dissolve on their own and do not require removal. You must refrain from strenuous physical activity, heavy lifting, any activities where your head is below your heart or that may result in rough contact in the area of the implants, for about 4-6 weeks after surgery.
As with any surgery, results cannot be guaranteed. The goals of cosmetic plastic surgery are improvement and rejuvenation, and perfection is not attainable. Final results depend on many factors and healing can vary from patient to patient. It is important to remember to have patience during convalescence to allow your body time to recuperate and settle.
Patients will be seen in office by the surgeon approximately 4-6 months after surgery for assessment and postoperative photographs.
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