There are many ways to restore mid-face volume -- including dermal fillers, fat transfer and cheek implants. However, fat and fillers will eventually droop or dissipate, while an implant is the only option that is fixed to the cheekbones and should remain in place indefinitely.
Cheek implants are devices that are surgically placed in the mid-face region to contour and define the area. They can be rigid or flexible, and are custom-shaped to fit your face. They have been used in cosmetic procedures since the 1950s and are considered extremely safe and effective.
In general, Dr. Lyos recommends cheek implants to healthy men and women who have:
Your facelift will be done under general anesthesia in the comfort and safety of our state-of-the-art Houston surgical center. You will be asleep throughout the procedure, so you won't feel any pain or discomfort as Dr. Lyos creates your incisions and elevate, firms and smooths your skin.
When you awaken from surgery, your face will be lightly wrapped in bandages to protect the area. We will then move you to the recovery room, where you will be closely monitored for any complications. Dr. Lyos will ask you to return to the office within 24 hours for a follow-up appointment and to discuss your post-operative care.
When you awaken from surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room where our team will monitor you closely. Your cheeks will be covered with bandages to maintain the position of the implants and keep the surgical site clean.
Your results will be apparent immediately, but they will be partly obscured by swelling and discoloration. Although these effects will disappear eventually, they can persist up to several months. During your initial recovery period, you can expect swelling, numbness and discomfort. Your ability to move your face may also be restricted. All of these side effects are common and will improve as you heal.
Although cheek implants are extremely safe, complications can arise. Rarely, patients may experience a post-surgical infection that requires antibiotics. In addition, there is a slight risk that your surgeon could misplace the implant, causing asymmetry.