Cheek Implants In Gainesville, FL


As we age, our skin loses its youthful elasticity and collagen, which causes fatty tissues in the midface to migrate toward the mouth and nose. This relocation of tissue creates the appearance of volume loss between the highest point of the cheekbones and the resulting heavier smile (nasolabial) folds. Loss of volume in the cheeks can also cause cheeks to appear flat or sunken, preventing the skin from properly draping over the cheekbones. But making small, mid-face adjustments with plastic surgery, such as cheek implant surgery and cheek injections, can significantly restore a more youthful, rejuvenated look to the entire face by restoring definition and structure. Dr. Tyrone is here to help patients achieve the look they’ve always dreamed about — get in touch with us today to schedule a plastic surgery consultation!

Benefits Of Cheek Enhancement

Popular among both men and women, cheek implants provide numerous benefits to help soften the look of the face and restore a youthful glow. Implants are permanent, meaning that the results from the procedure won’t fade or go away over time. Cheeks implants can add proportion to the face by creating symmetrical cheekbones and balancing a more prominent chin, for example. Also, cheek implants don’t typically leave visible scars on the face since the procedure is performed by making incisions inside the mouth. There are multiple shapes and sizes of cheek implants as well — no two patients have the same face shape!

Types Of Cheek Enhancements

Patients have different goals for how they want their face to look; that’s why Dr. Tyrone and his plastic surgery team offer both cheek implants and cheek injections so patients can decide what best fits their needs. Cheek injections are a temporary procedure used to plump the face. Dr. Tyrone uses an injectable filler, typically comprising a combination of products, such as hyaluronic acid-based gels and a longer-lasting collagen-boosting product, to increase volume in the face. For a more permanent solution, cheek implants augment bone structure in the cheeks by enhancing the foundation of the mid-face region. There are multiple cheek implant shapes — each of which features a unique placement and result — including the following:

  • Malar. Malar implants correct issues with the cheekbone itself and are placed directly on the cheekbone. They are used to rebuild volume lost due to aging and provide patients with higher-arched cheekbones and a more youthful overall appearance.
  • Submalar. Submalar implants aim to correct a deficiency of the fleshy portion of the cheek and are placed directly below the most prominent portion of the cheekbone. By filling this area, they reduce the appearance of sunken cheeks associated with aging.
  • Combined. The combined cheek implant corrects the loss of cheekbone definition and restores volume to the fleshy portions of tissue located beneath the cheekbone.

Am I A Good Candidate For Cheek Implants?

Potential candidates for cheek augmentation are patients bothered with the feeling that they have sunken or flat cheekbones, a lack of definition in the midface region, an accumulation of skin and tissue around the nose and chin, or a loss of fullness in the cheek or mid-face region. Patients planning to get cheek implants should be in generally good health, not suffer from cardiac problems or hypertension, be a non-smoker, and have reasonable expectations about the outcome of the surgery. Patients ready to restore their youthful appearance with cheek implants or injections should contact us today to schedule a cosmetic surgery appointment!

Are Cheek Implants Safe?

As with any type of facial surgery, there are risks associated with the procedure. Patients should understand these risks before making the final decision to undergo surgery. Dr. Tyrone is dedicated to making the procedure as quick and painless as possible. Some of the risks for cheek implants include, but are not limited to, the following. 

  • Infection
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Poor healing of incisions
  • Hematoma
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Skin loss
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Cheek implant displacement
  • Asymmetry
  • Lumpiness
  • Suboptimal aesthetic result
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Persistent pain

How Do I Prepare For Cheek Implant Surgery? 

Prior to any cosmetic procedure, patients should go over their medical history with our plastic surgeon in Gainesville, FL. If your medical history checks out, there are a few things patients can do to prepare for the cheek surgery. Patients should avoid taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications 2 weeks prior to the procedure and avoid caffeine the night before the surgery; avoid taking any blood thinners or fish oil supplements 2 weeks before the implant surgery; avoid drinking alcohol 2 days before the procedure; stop smoking at least 4 weeks before the surgery.

Cheek Implant Procedure

During cheek implant surgery, Dr. Tyrone makes incisions in the dermal cheek region and inserts the first implant. Incisions can either be made above the gums or through the lower eyelid. Once the implant is in place, he adjusts the implant placement and performs any necessary modifications to ensure proper balance with other facial features. Dr. Tyrone then sutures the implant into place and closes the incisions, moving on to the second implant. Sutures inside the mouth dissolve after 1-2 weeks, while external sutures must be removed by Dr. Tyrone. Cheek augmentation is typically an outpatient procedure that can either be performed at the surgeon’s facility or in a hospital. The entire procedure may require anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and a half to complete.

Cheek Implant Recovery

In the week following cheek implant surgery, patients should minimize regular daily activities to promote proper healing. A little soreness and a minimal amount of cheek swelling are normal. Patients may also notice a temporary feeling of tightness in the cheeks due to the added volume of the implant. If the implant was inserted through the mouth, patients should consume a bland, soft diet for a few days after the procedure. If the implant incision is made through the eyelid, patients will receive specific instructions to help minimize dryness and facilitate healing. Many patients are able to return to work and everyday activities within 7-10 days after the procedure.

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John W. Tyrone, M.D. Pllc. strives to keep you comfortable, confident and satisfied. Schedule a consultation in our state-of-the-art facility and bring your results to life before the procedure even begins.

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