Overview of the surgery:
Cheek Bone Augmentation is a facial surgical procedure that improves the facial structures. Normally the surgeon will make incisions inside the mouth where the cheek joins the upper gum and insert the implant through the cuts. By inserting the implants over the cheek bones they will build ‘naturally’ on your existing bone structure. There is also an alternative technique that involves inserting the implant through a cut in the lower eyelid. An advantage of inserting the implant through the mouth is that it does not usually leave a visible scar.
Duration of the operation:
The procedure takes about 1-2 hours to perform.
Post operative care:
Stay on a liquid diet until the incisions are healed. Post operative analgesics maybe prescribed, although patients report minimal pain. You may be instructed to apply cold compresses over your face for 20 minutes, every 4 hours, for the first two days after surgery. Keep your head elevated during your recovery. Sleep on your back with your head elevated at least for the first 8 days. Sleep on two pillows to keep your head elevated or use a wedge-shaped foam pillow. You Will able to read or watch television after surgery. Do not wear any facial makeup or eye makeup for the first two weeks. Avoid strenuous activity, including exercise and sex. You must avoid any activity that increases the risk of hitting.
The recovery takes one to two weeks. Most people are back to work within a week or two. Do not carry or lift heavy objects for 3 weeks. Light aerobic exercise is allowed just 3 weeks following surgery. Return to normal aerobic exercise after 6 weeks.
Possible risk and complications:
Risks can include infection, blood loss, fluid collection, movement of the implant and scarring. Cheek implants may also alter the symmetry of your face.
The procedure is under general anesthesia.
This procedure may be performed in the cosmetic surgeon’s office-based facility, an outpatient surgery center, or at a hospital. This procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis.
Preparation before Surgery
- Assessment of the medical history (any allergies, serious medical condition and all medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory tests will be performed during consultation.
- Blood and urine samples will be collected for routine preoperative laboratory tests.
- Smoking must be avoided for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation and will greatly affect healing process.
- You will likely to be asked to stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your recovery period.
- Avoid taking any medications such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to surgery. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.
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