Cheek implants- Feminization of face for Transgender patients

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.

Side-Effects / Risks

All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk. Facial implants can produce some remarkable changes. Problems rarely occur but you need to be informed. A facial implant can shift slightly out of alignment and a second operation may be necessary to replace it in its proper position. Infection can occur with any operation. If infection occurs around a facial implant and did not clear up after treatment with antibiotics, the implant might have to be temporarily removed and replaced at a later time. Other less-frequent risks may be associated with certain implants.

Recovery

Chin surgery :

It is normal to feel some soreness and discomfort, which can easily be controlled by medication. Usually patients will feel some numbness in the chin area for up to 3 months, and may feel as stretching- like sensation in the chin area for a week. There may be swelling, but it will vanish in the span of 6 weeks or it may also depends on the type of procedure you had. For at least a day or two, your doctor might advise you to stick to liquids or be on a soft diet. The outside bandage will probably be removed within a week of chin implant surgery, you may be asked to wear braces when sleeping for around 4 to 6 weeks after the chin augmentation surgery. Light activities can be resumed on the same day of surgery; however it will take 7 to 10 days before you can return to your work and normal activities.