Cheek Implants in Vancouver by Dr. Ritchie Younger
One of the most visible facial characteristics of youth and vitality is the fullness of the cheeks. Cheekbones are also responsible for defining the face, highlighting the eyes and contributing to overall facial balance. Unfortunately, not everyone has prominent cheekbones. These people can benefit from cheek augmentation with implants.
Cheek implants augment the mid-face to give fullness, correct underdeveloped cheek bone structure and the loss of soft tissue and fat pad due to aging. They also improve the balance of facial features and reposition the sagging skin upward to fill hollows and depressions. Many physicians liken the cheek implant to scaffolding because it holds up the collapsed soft tissues.
Are cheek implants right for you?
The best way to find out if cheek implants are the right solution for you is to book a consultation with Dr. Younger. He will examine your face, assess your aesthetic and surgical requirements and inform you about the best possible options for attaining the desired results. He will provide the helpful and valuable information you need to make an informed decision.
As with any surgical procedure, individual risks will also be examined, especially those related to medical conditions such as high blood pressure, a tendency to scar, smoking, and any deficiency in blood clotting. Dr. Younger will take a thorough medical history, as well as assess your mental and emotional attitudes toward the surgery.
About the cheek implant surgical procedure
Cheek implants are performed under general anaesthetic. The procedure takes approximately 45 to 90 minutes and can be performed alone or in combination with forehead, eyelid, facelift, nose or chin surgery.
Dr. Younger will start by thoroughly cleansing the face with an antiseptic cleansing agent. To insert the implant, an incision is made inside the mouth. Sometimes, he will use screws to stabilize it.
Dr. Younger will insert an implant of the size and shape that is appropriate for your face. The implants are typically made of a solid, pliable inert rubber. This silastic material has been tested for over 50 years and is used because of its consistency, flexibility, firmness and resistance to infection. Once the implant has been positioned to Dr. Younger’s satisfaction — giving just the right balance and lift — he will close the incision.
Healing time after cheek implant surgery
Cheek implant surgery is not a complicated procedure; therefore, the recovery period is relatively short with many patients resuming normal activities within a few days. As with any surgery, there may be some swelling, minimal bruising or mild pain. You will be given prescription medication to control any discomfort.
You can expect to see the refined, contoured results of the implants gradually emerge after four to six weeks.
Dr. Younger gives an overview of cheek implants and how they are used to balance the face.