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High cheekbones have long been the hallmark of beauty. Not only do prominent cheekbones signify good looks, they give your face a solid foundation for aging gracefully. High cheekbones help to keep skin from sagging, give a more youthful appearance, and help to both define and balance your face and features.

About Cheek Implants

Cheek Implants are also known as Malar and Submalar Implants. Malar Implants focus on the part of the cheek that creates that sleek, facial contour while the Submalar Implants tackle the region just under the cheekbones that give the cheek a fleshy, full look. Submalar implants are especially effective for filling in a sunken face.

About the Procedure

Cheek Implants, whether Malar or Submalar, have become routine surgeries with few complications and risks. Your initial consultation will give your physician a chance to look at your face to determine your facial symmetry and definition. Be ready discuss your goals and expectations as well as any questions you may have about the procedure.

The surgery itself can be performed on an outpatient basis under twilight anesthesia. Typically incisions are made inside the mouth where the cheek and upper gums meet or in the underside of the lower eyelid. Both of these incision areas leave no visible scarring. If you are having a Face Lift, Brow Lift or Eyelid Surgery in conjunction with Cheek Implants, the incisions from the other procedures can be used for your implants. Implants are placed through the incisions and, depending on the type of implant and its placement, sutures may or may not be required to keep the implant in place.

Risks and Complications

If incisions are made in the mouth there is a slightly higher risk of infection, but following post-operative instructions from Dr. Volshteyn (such as taking antibiotics and carefully brushing your teeth in the area of your incision) can help insure that your healing process is simple and quick.

Some swelling is expected. While initial swelling will begin to dissipate in a couple of days it may take two weeks for all of the swelling to go down. You may experience difficulty in moving the mouth and cheek area, but again, this will come back as you begin to heal.

A Time to Heal

Typically you can return to work in a few days to a week following Cheek Implant surgery, though your face may still appear swollen. You will need to keep your head elevated for some length of time, which will require sleeping with a couple of pillows. Swelling may peak in the days after your surgery, but will begin to recede immediately afterwards. Give yourself time to rest – this will help you heal faster.

So, if you are noticing a sunken look to your face or are noticing premature signs of aging, or even if you would simply like to improve your overall appearance, Cheek Implants can add facial definition and balance. A fuller, more defined cheek could be in your future and your future could be looking very bright indeed.