Cheek implants increase the projection of the cheekbones. They add volume to areas that may be recessed or flat. Cheek implant surgery is a procedure that is designed to enhance the shape or contour of the mid-face and the cheek by simply adding definition and volume with the use of a malar implant, sub-malar or an extended malar implant, also referred to as the cheek augmentation surgery.
The cheek implant surgery procedure is performed by making incisions that are hidden inside of the mouth on each side (the intra-oral Keen Incision). The cheekbone is being exposed by lifting the soft tissue that is overlying the cheek. This incision ensures that no scars will be visible post surgery. An Appropriately sized cheek implant is chosen according to the degree of volume replacement required in a particular patient and its type. Cheek implants provide additional contouring crossing the entire lower lid region and cheek, while other types of cheek implant provide augmentation over the lateral aspect of the cheek bone only. Once the implant has been chosen, it is then fixed in the desired area (over the bone). After placing the implants, it will then be secured by tiny screws anchored to the cheekbone - this is to prevent unwanted movement of the implant, not until the healing process takes place. Using absorbable sutures, incisions are then closed.
All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk. Facial implants can produce some remarkable changes.