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Cheek Augmentation

Cheek Enhancement

The goal of cheek augmentation is to add volume or lift to the cheeks. Valid surgical options for enhancing the cheeks are fat grafting or cheek implants.

What are the risks of cheek augmentation?

The decision to have cheek augmentation is extremely personal. You'll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications of cheek augmentation are acceptable.

Are cheek implants safe?

Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedures you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.

The possible risks of cheek augmentation include, but are not limited to:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Poor healing of incisions
  • Hematoma
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Skin loss
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Fatty cysts
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Thick scar tissue around cheek implant (capsular contracture)
  • Cheek implant displacement
  • Asymmetry
  • Lumpiness
  • Blindness (rare complication of fat transfer)
  • Suboptimal aesthetic result
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Persistent pain
  • Poor aesthetic result of donor site for fat transfer

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It's important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.



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