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Top Michigan Plastic Surgeon

Plastic surgeons use facial implants to improve and enhance facial contours. Patient may wish to have implants placed over the cheekbones to help restore a more youthful appearance. Frequently, these implants will help provide a more harmonious balance to your face and features so that you feel better about the way you look.

There are many implants available, manufactured from a variety of materials. Some of the implant materials are made of a solid silicone. Currently, there is no scientific evidence that this is a harmful substance.

How Cheek Implant Surgery is Performed

Cheek implant surgery usually takes about 45 to 60 minutes. When cheek implants are being placed in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure, such as a facelift, forehead lift or eyelid surgery, the implants may be inserted through the incisions made for those procedures. Otherwise, an incision will be made either inside your upper lip or your lower eyelid. A pocket is then formed and an implant is inserted.

After surgery, a dressing will be applied to minimize discomfort and swelling. The severity and duration of such side effects may vary, especially if another cosmetic procedure was performed at the same time.

What to Expect After Surgery

Patients are advised to eat soft foods to protect the incision line. Steaks and other hard to chew foods should be avoided. Patients are advised to abstain from activities that involve bending down. Strenuous activities are prohibited for a few weeks. Patients are instructed to rinse their mouth with a mouth wash after meals.

Again, these instructions will vary, especially if another procedure was performed along with your implant surgery. Patients may experience difficulty in moving their mouth and lips after surgery, but this is temporary, and within a few days normal movement returns. Stitches used to close the incisions inside your mouth usually dissolve within about 10 days. Normal activities can be resumed in 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure.