Under-projection of the cheekbones leading to flatness of the cheek areas immediately below the eyelids can give an unattractive appearance. Fullness of the upper gives a healthy youthful look. Adequate skeletal projection of the cheekbones gives better support for the soft tissues of the cheeks and is important to facial aesthetics. Cheek implants can address these concerns by enhancing bony skeleton projection of the cheek.
As we age loss of cheek soft tissue bulk occurs and use of fillers and face lifting techniques all can help to rejuvenate the mid cheek area. However, if the bony skeleton of the cheek is markedly under-projected, augmenting the cheekbones with cheek implants can give a dramatic improvement in facial balance and aesthetics. Recently it has been shown that with advancing age, the structure and shape of the facial bones also changes. This also can result in decreased projection of the cheek region.
The use of hard expanded polyurethane cheek implants are the best option and these are fixed to the cheek bones to prevent movement or migration. The implant is inserted through the upper gum of the mouth or sometimes via the lower eyelid. They are fixed to the underlying cheek bones with small titanium screws.BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS
The procedure can be done on its own or is commonly combined with blepharoplasty (eyelift) or facelifting. The surgery is done under general anaesthetic and can be done on a day surgery basis. Swelling of the mid face is usual and most people would have around 2 weeks off work or out of public. Complications are uncommon and include infection and asymmetry. A full assessment and examination by Dr Drielsma is required to advise suitability for surgery.
**Results may vary for individual to individual