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Who is a Candidate?

If you have a desire for more prominent cheek contour. Facial asymmetry.

Intended Results

Enhanced cheek contours.

Procedure Description

  • The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under MAC (Monitored Anesthesia Care).
  • A small incision is made under the upper lip, in the lower eyelid, or in the hairline, and a biologically inert, preshaped implant is placed next to the bone.

Recuperation and Healing

There are usually no dressings. Initial swelling is usually moderate and gradually disappears over a month or two. Discomfort is mild to moderate and is controlled with oral medications. Sutures in the mouth dissolve and do not need to be removed. Sutures under the eyelid are removed in 4-5 days. Sutures or staples in the scalp are removed in approximately 10 days.

Other Options

Additional procedures that would enhance the result are other facial cosmetic procedures such as Face Lift, Eyelid Lift, Brow Lift, Rhinoplasty, or Chin Augmentation.

Insurance Guidelines

This procedure is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.


The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.