What is the Procedure Like?
Dr. Stein performs every procedure at Stein Plastic Surgery in our accredited surgical suite, and cheek implants are done on an outpatient basis. The procedure itself is quick, requiring only 30-60 minutes, and because it’s performed with IV sedation or local anesthesia, you’re ready to recover comfortably at home not long after. The incision inside your mouth gives Dr. Stein access to create the pocket in which your implants will sit, and he’ll ensure he’s pleased with the implants’ final placement before closing the incision with stitches.
Immediately after the procedure, your skin will feel tight around the implant, and you may or may not need compression bandages to minimize swelling and support the implants. You can expect some swelling and mild discomfort, though it should only last 4-7 days. You’ll receive detailed aftercare instructions, including avoiding activity that could jostle your implants for a few weeks. Caring for your incision in the first several days may involve a liquid diet and special mouth rinses to minimize the risk of infection. Your sutures should dissolve on their own.
When Will I See Results?
Even though the swelling may somewhat obscure your new cheek shape, you should be able to see immediate volume and roundness in your cheeks. The tightness will recede as the skin stretches to accommodate the implants. As swelling subsides over the next few weeks, your cheeks will appear more naturally contoured. Dr. Stein’s expertise ensures your new cheek shape will enhance your overall facial symmetry and correct your volume loss. Your muscles shouldn’t be affected at all, so your expressions remain uniquely yours. After a few months, your tissues will have settled and your final face shape will be nothing short of beautiful.