During the past several years, especially in light of the research and development of newer facelift procedures, drawing the skin taut without “filling” in the space underneath is something of the past. As faces age, the normal fat is lost in the cheek area and the skin begins to sag around the mouth. Cheek implants may restore a more youthful appearance by making the face look fuller and healthier.
Cheek implant surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The implants are inserted through incisions inside the mouth directly into pockets that Dr. Choucair creates during the surgery. Recovery involves a clear liquid and soft foods diet for about three to four weeks, treatment with internal antibiotics, minimal talking and laughing, and plenty of rest. Swelling is evident for up to three months, however, much of the inflammation will have decreased by the end of the first month.