Cheek augmentation involves surgically enhancing the cheekbones to alter the shape of the face. It can be performed to create a sculpted effect or simply to balance the features. For example, a strong nose or forehead can appear less prominent and more in proportion.
The most common and successful form of cheek augmentation involves using a small, shaped piece of silicone. This is of a different structure to the liquid or gel silicone used in breast implants, and is actually solid and very hard like bone.
An incision is made inside the mouth and the implant is inserted. It is placed on the cheekbone according to the desired final result, either widening or lifting the face. The incision is then stitched up using dissolvable stitches leaving no visible scar.
The surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic and requires an overnight stay at the Hospital. You can expect some light swelling and bruising for about a week. At first it may be hard eating and a liquid diet, such as soup, is recommended. You should avoid exercise or contact sports for at least 6 weeks. It is also important to make time for all post-operative consultations.