The elusive concept of ideal beauty is based on a harmony of facial contours. One of the chief elements of facial harmony is the presentation and positioning of the cheekbones. If underdeveloped cheekbones give your face a flat appearance, you may benefit from a procedure called malar augmentation, more simply, cheek implants.
Malar augmentation will give the face a more youthful appearance and can improve facial harmony by de-emphasizing a prominent nose or projecting chin. Much consideration must accompany the insertion of cheek implants. Before deciding on surgery, your surgeon will analyze your face, take a number of photographs from different angles, and thoroughly explore your motivation for having surgery and your expectations about the results.
It is important to understand that there is a great difference in the structure of every cheekbone. There are a number of different types of implants available. Your doctor will determine which is best suited for you. The incision used for placing the implant is made inside the mouth between the upper gums and the cheek. The soft cheek tissue is elevated, and a pocket is created over the cheekbone. The implant is slid through the incision and held with sutures, which usually dissolve after six days.
Local anesthetics are used when inserting the cheek implants. Your face may be somewhat swollen for about two weeks and it may be difficult to chew. You may also experience tightness or numbness around the area of your cheeks. Improvement is seen immediately, however, the final result may take several weeks.