About Cheek Augmentation

Cheek augmentation is a cosmetic plastic surgery to improve the look of the cheeks. In a cheek augmentation surgery, an implant or other material is placed under the skin of the face and over the cheekbone to compensate for a lack of prominence in the area.

Types of Cheek Augmentation

There are 2 main ways to perform a cheek augmentation such as

Cheek implant – a solid insert, which is placed on top of the cheekbone or attached to it. The implant can be made of various substances and many shapes and sizes to fit different face structures. The main benefit of using a solid implant is because it can be removed easily incase of any problems. The implant used in cheek augmentation is generally made of solid silicone. Unlike silicone used in other surgeries, a silicone cheek implant is solid and cannot rupture or leak. Other material used as solid implants for cheek augmentations include polyethylene, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) and acellular dermal matrix made from donated human skins or tissues. Incisions for the cheek implant will be made inside the mouth so there is no visible scarring, but if other surgeries are performed at the same time, then the incisions made for those may be used instead. The implant will be attached to the bones of the face using screws or sutures.

Injectable fillers – there are several types of injectable fillers. One type of filler is fat taken from another part of the body called fat grafting or autologous fat transfer. The tissue can’t be rejected by the body because it’s the patients own tissue, but can be reabsorbed and the result could be impermanent. The fat is harvested with a syringe or during Liposuction. The fat cells are concentrated before it is injected. Another injectable filler is called collagen hydroxylapatite, hyaluronic acid and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). Collagen and hyaluronic acid are temporary fillers because the body eventually absorbs them so for lasting results the procedure has to be redone. Hydroxylapatite is longer lasting but can eventually be absorbed. PMMA injections are considered as permanent.

Cheek Augmentation Procedure

Cheek augmentation usually takes under an hour to be performed but if there are other surgeries performed together, then the duration of the surgery can extend. The surgery will start by the patient being scrubbed with antimicrobial agent to prevent infection, then an intravenous line (IV) will be started to keep track of the patient’s vital signs. The surgery is usually done with local anesthesia, so the face is numbed, and sedative may be given to relax the patient (depending on other surgeries done together, general anesthesia may be given). Incisions will be made inside the mouth and implants are placed and sutured into place. The patient cannot usually feel the stitches because they are higher in the mouth.

Suitable Patients for Cheek Augmentation

Both men and women are suitable to have a cheek augmentation surgery. Patients who would like to enhance the contours of their facial features by altering the shape of their cheekbones can have cheek augmentation surgery. The surgery is also suitable for patients with

• Flat or deflated looking cheeks

• Hollows in the cheeks or temples

• Under eye bags or lines and wrinkles on the cheeks

Before Cheek Augmentation

• Patients must quit any medication, herbal supplements, nicotine products such as smoking and drinking alcohol a week before the surgery

• Patients must be in a good health condition

• Patients are told to not eat or drink anything after midnight before the surgery

After Cheek Augmentation

  • After the surgery patients can feel tightness and numbness from the swelling
  • The mouth should be rinsed after meals, snacks and before bed with dilute peroxide and mouth rinse, for 1 week after the surgery.
  • In the case of pain, pain killers prescribed by the surgeon should be used
  • Patients must not take nicotine and alcohol products 2 weeks after the surgery
  • Dairy products must be avoided for 5 days after the surgery
  • Patients must sleep with the head elevated and activity must be to minimum, bending and lifting heavy things is restricted
  • Driving is not allowed for a week after the surgery
  • The face must be protected from sunburn so the use of hat and sunglasses will be helpful
  • Patients can return to work 1 to 2 weeks after the surgery

Risks of Cheek Augmentation

There are some risks with every surgery, just like cheek augmentation having risks as

  • Allergic reactions to anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Loss of sensation / numbness


General anesthesia – variety of medications given to ensure unconsciousness, loss of control of reflexes. The patient is put to sleep to not feel any pain or discomfort.

Incision – surgical cut made in the skin during surgery or treatment

Local anesthesia – induces absence of sensation to a specific part of the body

Sutures – also called stitches, used to hold the tissues together

Liposuction – cosmetic treatment done to improve the appearance of the body by removing the fat from the body using suction

First day of Cheek Augmentation

The patients will attend a consultation with the surgeon and will be advised about the procedure and their condition. The patient will then be taken through a couple of tests that are required before the surgery. If desired, patients can spend the day to rest and attend the hospital the next day.

Second day of Cheek Augmentation

Cheek augmentation surgery will be performed. The surgery will be performed using local anesthetic. The surgery will take under an hour to perform; the duration of surgery can extend depending on the extent of the surgery and other surgeries done with the cheek augmentation. Cheek augmentation is done on an outpatient basis. Once the surgery is over the patient will be taken to a private room where they will be staying for resting. The surgeon will perform a check up and if they are approved to be in a good, healthy condition and the surgery results are all successful; the patients are advised with post treatment care requirements and are ready to be discharged from hospital to their settlements, unless there are other surgeries performed which require for a longer stay.

Third day of Cheek Augmentation

Patients will attend a post surgery appointment for a final check up and consultation. The patient will be advised on further medication. The stitches will be removed and if everything is right then the patient is ready to return to their destination; unless patients undergo other surgeries together with a cheek augmentation surgery, which require for them to stay longer.


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What is Cheek Augmentation?

Cheek augmentation is the cosmetic plastic surgery performed to improve the look of the cheek.

How is a Cheek Augmentation done?

There are 2 main ways to perform a cheek augmentation; to use solid silicone implants or to use injectable fillers. The surgery takes under an hour unless there are other surgeries performed at the same time. Usually there are incisions made inside the mouth and implants are placed and sutured into place.

How long does Cheek Augmentation surgery take?

The surgery usually takes under an hour to perform but if there are other surgeries performed at the same time with a cheek augmentation the duration of the surgery can extend.

How long do I need to stay in hospital?

Cheek augmentation surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis so the patient is sent home a few hours after the surgery. If there are other surgeries performed together with a cheek implant, it may be recommended to stay depending on the type of surgery.

How long do I need to stay in Turkey?

The recommended stay in Turkey for Cheek Augmentation is 3 days including consultation before the surgery and after the surgery.

When can I return to work?

Patients are usually able to return to work after a week from the surgery but are advised to wait for 2 weeks to return to work for a better recovery.

Are there any risks of Cheek Augmentation surgery?

Just like every surgery there are some risks even though they are quite rare like

  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Numbness / loss of sensation
  • Bleeding

Devices used in a Cheek Augmentation Surgery

There are no special technical devices used in a Cheek Augmentation surgery apart from surgical screws, which are used depending on the technique used, and injectable fillers.

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