As you get older, sagging, thin, flat, or hollow cheeks can make you look gaunt and add years to your face. Cheek augmentation is a way to overcome this issue, giving you back those gorgeous contours you deserve and making your face look supple and youthful.
Cheek Augmentation Can Restore Your Youthful Looks
There’s nothing more aesthetically appealing than beautifully defined cheekbones. Cheek augmentation can help you get that coveted sculpted look in a way that little else can. And if you feel like your cheeks are started to sag or don’t have the fullness they once had, this fairly standard cosmetic procedure offers a permanent solution to gauntness.
When performed by Dr. Gikas, the procedure can shave years off of a person’s age. As long as you’re in good health and have realistic expectations for the outcome, you should be cleared for cheek augmentation.
What Should I Expect Cheek Augmentation to Be Like?
Cheek augmentation is performed under anesthesia (local or general) and almost always as an outpatient procedure. You’ll be able to head home once the anesthesia wears off. Preparation for the surgery will depend on the kind of anesthesia being used, with general anesthesia requiring you to stay off all food and water in the hours leading up to the surgery.
Incisions will then be made depending on what technique Dr. Gikas is using. Your incision options will be discussed during your consultation. Typically, the incision is made inside the mouth at the meeting point of the gums and the lips.
Pockets are then created in the tissues to create space for the implants. Cheek implants are placed in the pockets through the incisions. These incisions will then be closed using skin adhesives, sutures, or surgical tape.
What Is the Recovery Process Like for Cheek Augmentation?
After your procedure is complete and you are cleared to return home, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home and help you settle you in.
Dr. Gikas may use bandages or gauze dressings to protect the incisions and will possibly also apply a compression garment or elastic bandage to keep the swelling down and support your cheeks. This helps healing and eases discomfort.
Ice packs are often used to soothe the area and bring down swelling, and oral pain medication may also be prescribed if needed. Swelling typically subsides in a few days’ time. Your options to manage pain or discomfort will be discussed during your consultation.
You will notice an immediate visible change in how your cheeks look after the procedure, and your full results will be evident once swelling has fully subsided. The results are permanent.
Making the Choice to Get Cheek Implants
If you’re trying to decide whether or not you should get cheek implants, a consultation with a skilled medical professional will help you be as informed as possible. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Elias Gikas, a well-respected board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience. Contact us today for your appointment.