Cheek Augmentation in Singapore

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With over three decades of experience, Dr Marco Faria Correa is a specialist in plastic surgery serving a global patient base. His skills in aesthetic surgery, such as cheek augmentation, are grounded in precision and a deep understanding of diverse patient needs.

Committed to patient-first care, Dr Marco is able to operate in over 23 hospitals worldwide. This ensures his patients receive accessible, high-quality surgical care across major hospitals in Singapore.

What is Cheek Augmentation?

Cheek augmentation is a cosmetic procedure designed to enhance or restore the facial contours, particularly the cheekbones. The primary aim is to provide a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing facial structure.

Surgical cheek augmentation involves the placement of biocompatible implants, usually made of silicone, to add volume and definition to the cheek area. These implants are available in various sizes and shapes. Upon consultation, we will determine which implant is most suitable for you. Female cheeks tend to be full and round, while male cheeks are short and more angular.

Cheek Augmentation Procedure

Initial Consultation

The patient discusses their aesthetic objectives, and we assess facial structure, skin condition, and medical history.

Pre-operative Assessment

During the pre-operative assessment, we finalise the details of the cheek augmentation. This includes determining the optimal implant size and shape, as well as planning the surgical approach.

Patients receive comprehensive instructions regarding pre-surgery preparations, such as fasting guidelines, medication adjustments, and general health checks to ensure they are fit for surgery.

Surgical Procedure

The surgical procedure for cheek augmentation involves making incisions, typically inside the mouth or along the hairline, to minimise visible scarring. A pocket is then created over the cheekbone where the implant is inserted.

Implants are usually made of medical-grade materials like solid silicone, designed to mimic the feel of natural cheekbones.

The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, ensuring the patient’s comfort and safety throughout the procedure.

Post-operative Care

After the surgery, detailed post-operative care instructions are provided. These include guidance on managing swelling and discomfort, wound care, and activity restrictions to aid in healing.

Follow-up visits are scheduled to monitor the recovery process and evaluate the results of the augmentation.

Advantages of Cheek Augmentation

Cheek augmentation comes with several benefits:

  • Permanent Enhancement: Surgical cheek augmentation provides a long-lasting solution for enhancing facial contours, especially the prominence of the cheekbones, contributing to a youthful appearance.
  • Customisation: The procedure is highly customisable, allowing implants to be chosen and placed in a manner that harmoniously aligns with the individual’s facial structure, ensuring a balanced and natural look.
  • Facial Symmetry and Proportion: Cheek augmentation can correct asymmetries and improve facial proportions, often resulting in enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Minimal Downtime: Compared to other facial surgeries, cheek augmentation generally has a shorter recovery period, allowing patients to resume their normal activities more quickly.
  • Concealed Incisions: The incisions for implant placement are usually hidden inside the mouth or along the hairline, reducing visible scarring.
  • High Safety Profile: When performed by qualified and experienced surgeons, cheek augmentation has a high safety profile, with complications being relatively rare.

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Ideal Candidates for Cheek Augmentation

Cheek augmentation can be for the following people:

  • Age and Skin Elasticity: Ideal candidates are typically adults with good skin elasticity. This quality ensures that the skin can accommodate the implants without complications, contributing to a more natural-looking outcome.
  • Overall Health: Candidates should be in good overall health with no underlying conditions that could impair healing or increase surgical risks.
  • Realistic Expectations: Individuals should have realistic expectations regarding the results.
  • Facial Structure Considerations: Candidates with underdeveloped, flat, or asymmetrical cheekbones are often excellent candidates.
  • Non-smokers: Smoking can impede healing and increase the risk of complications. Therefore, non-smokers or those willing to quit smoking well in advance of the surgery are ideal candidates.
  • Previous Cosmetic Procedures: Those who have had previous facial surgeries need to discuss their history in detail to ensure that cheek augmentation can be safely and effectively performed.

Results and Longevity of Cheek Augmentation

Immediate Visibility of Results

Post-surgery, the enhancements in facial contours are immediately noticeable, although final results are fully appreciated once swelling subsides.

Long-term Enhancement

Cheek implants provide a permanent solution, ensuring long-term results in facial contouring, unlike temporary solutions like fillers.

Natural Ageing Process

While cheek augmentation offers lasting results, natural ageing processes continue, which may affect the overall facial appearance over time.

Maintenance of Results

No specific maintenance is required for cheek implants, though patients should follow a healthy lifestyle and skincare routine to preserve their overall facial appearance.

Impact on Facial Expressions

Properly performed cheek augmentation does not impede natural facial expressions, maintaining the dynamic aspects of facial movements.

Follow-Up Assessments

Regular follow-up appointments are recommended to monitor the implants and ensure their continued effectiveness and safety.

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Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
#10-26/27, 38 Irrawaddy Road
Singapore 329563

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    How long does cheek augmentation surgery take?

    Cheek augmentation surgery typically takes about one to two hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure and the individual patient’s requirements.

    Is cheek augmentation painful?

    Patients are given anaesthesia during the procedure, so they do not feel pain. Post-surgical discomfort is usually minimal and can be managed effectively with prescribed pain medication.

    How long is the recovery period after cheek augmentation?

    Recovery times vary, but most patients can resume normal activities within a week. Complete healing and final results may take several weeks to months.

    What are the risks associated with cheek augmentation?

    As with any surgical procedure, there are risks, including infection, implant displacement, and reaction to anaesthesia. These risks are minimal when the surgery is performed by a qualified surgeon.

    Will there be visible scars after the surgery?

    Incisions for cheek augmentation are typically made inside the mouth or in less visible areas, greatly reducing any noticeable scarring.

    Can cheek implants be removed or changed?

    Yes, cheek implants can be removed or replaced. This is a separate surgical procedure and should be discussed with us.

    How do I know if I am a good candidate for cheek augmentation?

    A good candidate is generally someone in good health, with realistic expectations about the outcomes. Consult us to determine suitability for the procedure.

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