Cheek Implants (Malar and Submalar)
Cheek implants (Malar and Submalar) is a procedure to treat deflated or flat cheeks, cheeks with wrinkles and lines, under-eye bags, gaunt cheeks, flat cheekbones, and hollow cheeks. If you feel your cheeks have lost their shape, then you may be a candidate for cheek implants or augmentation with Dr. Gallo in Miami.
About Cheek Augmentation with Implants
Cheek bone structures that are not endowed and/or not well-defined can make your face look fatigued, gaunt and much older than you actually are. In contrast, defined and fuller cheek bones provide your face an added dimension, creating a more youthful appearance.
As a board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Gallo’s cheek augmentation procedure creates harmony and balance in combination with your other facial features, for a natural look.
DR. GALLO USES CHEEK IMPLANTS AND/OR DERMAL FILLERS TO:
- Enhance the cheeks
- Create natural looking “fullness”
- Create a fresher and more youthful appearance
- Restore lost fullness
- Rectifying a cheek deficiency
- Make the face appear leaner and more toned (high cheek implants)
How it Works
Cheek augmentation or implants (also known as malar and submalar implants) restores the face to a more youthful state by giving the mid-face more structure and definition. Augmenting your cheek contours this way gives them a more balanced profile and sculpted appearance.
CANDIDATES FOR CHEEK AUGMENTATION INCLUDE:
- People that want to get rid of a sunken appearance under their eyes
- Individuals with flat or narrow faces
- People that have lost their cheek contours because of facial trauma
- People that have lost their cheek contours because of congenital deficiency
- People that have lost their cheek contours because of the inevitable aging process
Malar and Submalar Cheek Implants
Cheek implants are usually made of hydroxyapatite, which integrates well with natural bone tissue. The hydroxyapatite implant is placed in the mid-face region and becomes a part of the cheek structure.
In contrast, silicone implants are removable as they do not integrate with your facial tissues.
THE TWO COMMON TYPES OF CHEEK IMPLANTS ARE CALLED MALAR AND SUBMALAR IMPLANTS.
- Malar implants (sometimes referred to as malar augmentation) are designed to rectify deficiencies of the cheekbone through meticulous placement of the implant directly on a person’s cheekbones. Augmentation of this facial region gives patients a more refined and attractive facial profile along with higher-arched cheekbones.
- Submalar implants correct deficiencies in the fleshy portions of your cheeks. Surgeons place them directly under the most prominent area of a patient’s cheekbone. Filling this region can restore the fullness in your cheeks and helps eliminate that saggy and sunken appearance associated with illness and age.
Cheek Augmentation Consultation
Discuss your goals, concerns and desired outcomes when you visit with Dr. Gallo. He is known for his personable and friendly demeanor and does his best during the consultation to understand what you want and will recommend what kind of cheek enhancement is best for you.
Cheek Implant Procedure
Cheek implants are usually made of synthetic materials such as solid silicone that are compatible with and suitable for the body. Dr. Gallo will find the shape and implant size that suits the structure of your face and provides the best possible results.
Cheek implants can be placed in two ways; either through the inside of your mouth or via your lower eyelid. When the procedure is performed through the mouth, your surgeon will make a tiny incision at the precise spot where your gums meet your cheek at the back of your mouth.
INSIDE OF THE MOUTH:
Dr. Gallo surgeon will gently stretch the delicate tissue structures to create a small pocket over your cheekbone. Then the cheek implant will be carefully placed and secured in the pocket, fixing it to the soft tissue or cheekbone in the region.
When the procedure is performed through the eyelid, Dr. Gallo will place the implant via an incision in a fold of the lower eyelid. Next, Dr. Gallo will make a small pocket for the implant and position it properly. Once the implant is secured, the incision will be closed using fine sutures.
Cheek Implants with Other Procedures
Cheek implant can either be a stand-alone procedure, or can be performed along with different facial surgeries, like chin implants, eyelid surgery, facelifts or nose surgery.
If your incision is on the inside of the mouth, you will have to exercise caution and regularly rinse the mouth after having your meals and other snacks and keep the sutures tidy and clean. But in case the surgery was performed through your eyelid, you will be required to take proper care of your eyes.
Special care for your eyes will entail the use of various lubricants for reducing dryness. You will have slight scarring under the lashes of your lower eyelid, but this is usually not discernible and placed in the fold of the eye.
Cheek Implant Recovery
If you opt for a malar or submalar implant, the nature and period of your recovery will depend considerably on whether you have similar concurrent facial procedures.
After the procedure you may experience mild to moderate soreness. You can also expect mild numbness and swelling over the incision area. As your skin stretches in order to accommodate the cheek implant, it may feel tight over the next couple of days.
Therefore, it is important to avoid rigorous activities and let your cheeks heal properly form the surgery. In most cases, you can resume normal activities and work within a week.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cheek implants are fixed in place by the surrounding tissues within 48-72 hours after surgery. After that period cheek implants will not move. Dr. Gallo will carefully monitor your progress to ensure complete satisfaction.
Yes. Screw-fixed cheek implants can last a lifetime.
Yes, cheek implants can be removed with the operation being in most cases easy to accomplish. Some patients may have a changing face shape as they age which would necessitate reshaping or removal of a cheek implant as desired.