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Cheek Implants (Malar Augmentation)
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A surgical procedure that restructures cheekbones and balances facial features by implanting fillers into the cheeks.

Length of Surgery

1 – 1 ½ hours





Back to work in...

5 days

Back to the gym in...

2 - 4 weeks

Treatment Frequency

Once, unless the cheek implant shifts location


Infection; bleeding; nerve damage; allergic reaction to the anesthetic; scarring; the cheek implant may shift to another part of the face

Duration of Results


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Cheek implant Surgery Costs*

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average national cheek implant cost is approximately $2,778.

If you are considering having cheek implant surgery but want to explore more about the financing options available before you make your decision, PLEASE CLICK HERE. You can discuss your financial options with your cheek implant surgeon, and find out if there are any loans of flexi-payment plans available to you.

Am I a candidate for cheek implant surgery?

You may be a suitable candidate for cheek augmentation if you:

  1. Are in good physical and emotional health
  2. Want to add definition to your face
  3. Have no allergies to the implant material
  4. Have realistic expectations for the outcome of your cheek implant surgery
Certain medical conditions and medications may affect whether you are a suitable candidate for cheek augmentation surgery. Check with your cheek implant doctor.


What is a cheek implant Procedure?

Cheek implants (cheek augmentation, submalar and malar augmentation) is a surgical procedure that restructures cheekbones, balances facial features and restores a youthful and vibrant appearance by implanting fillers into the cheeks. Cheek implant surgery may be performed in conjunction with a facelift or chin augmentation.

A cheek implant changes the shape or size of the cheek and corrects flaws caused by birth defects or injury to give the face a more proportioned and balanced appearance. Cheek implants can give older patients with sunken or drawn cheeks a fuller look. Younger patients may choose cheek implant surgery to achieve a high cheek-boned look.

Cheek augmentation involves the surgical insertion of cheek implants, injections of fat or other dermal fillers. Cheek implants can be customized to fit each individual's face, and are made from several different types of materials including silicone and polyethylene. This procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis, depending on whether other procedures are also being performed.

Cheek implant Surgery Procedure Steps

Step 1 - Anesthesia

  1. You will be given general anesthesia, so you will be asleep during the cheek implant operation.
Step 2 - The incisions
  1. The cheek implant surgeon makes two incisions inside the mouth between the upper gums and cheek, then creates a small pocket over the cheekbones. The implant is inserted through the incisions and slid into place. A small titanium screw may be used to attach the cheek implant to the bone.
  2. When cheek implant surgery is performed with other facial procedures, the implants may be inserted through the incisions used for that procedure.
Step 3 - Closing Up
  1. The incisions are sutured and a compression bandage applied.
Step 4 - The results
  1. Your face will be swollen. The end results of the cheek implant surgery may not be apparent for three or four months.


Cheek implant Surgery Recovery and Healing Steps

During cheek implant recovery time, patients may experience some numbness, swelling and bruising. Any pain can be controlled with medication. Keep the head elevated when resting or sleeping, and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.

Chewing, brushing the teeth, smiling and talking may be difficult for several days. Eat only soft foods and liquids.

Normal activities may be resumed in a few days and you may return to work after about five days. Avoid strenuous activity and rough contact near the face for at least four weeks.

Sutures are removed within a week, and absorbable sutures will dissolve in around 10 days. New facial contours emerge within four to six weeks, with the final results emerging about seven months following cheek implant surgery.

Cheek implant Side Effects and Surgery Risks

Cheek augmentation side effects may include:

  1. Swelling
  2. Numbness
  3. Bruising
  4. Tightness in the cheeks
  5. Difficulty smiling, talking and chewing
Cheek augmentation risks and complications are rare, but may include:
  1. Infection
  2. Bleeding
  3. Nerve damage
  4. Allergic reaction to the anesthetic
  5. Scarring
  6. The cheek implant may shift to another part of the face


Questions to Ask a Surgeon about a cheek implant procedure

Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about cheek implant surgery. Here is an essential checklist to help you find the right Perfect Yourself Surgeon.

  1. Am I a good candidate for cheek implant surgery?
  2. Are my described expectations realistic?
  3. Where is the cheek implant surgery performed?
  4. How long will the procedure take?
  5. What kind of anesthesia is used?
  6. What is your experience in performing cheek implant surgery?
  7. Can I see your qualifications?
  8. Ask to see any cheek implant surgery before and after photographs of recent surgeries?
  9. What percentages of your cheek implant surgery patients have had significant post-surgical complications? (surgeons should disclose this information to you)
  10. Who will be assisting my surgery? Can I see their qualifications?
  11. How much will my cheek implant surgery cost?
  12. Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
  13. Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  14. Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life).
  15. What is the recovery and healing period for cheek implant surgery? When can I resume full normal activity?
  16. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended?
  17. Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)


Surgeon Checklist

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