As we have seen too many problems with capsulation, displacement or infection of silicone implants we only use Medpor implants that consist of porous polyethylene. They allow for surrounding tissue ingrowth because of its open pore structure. This ingrowth of tissue prevents the implant from shifting out of place.
The implants come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and can easily be moulded, depending on the needs of the patient. They are easy to apply and noticable asymmetries after surgery are almost impossible.
- Anesthesia— Cheek augmentations are usually performed under general anesthesia and take about 30 minutes to one hour.
- Incision— A small incision is made inside the mouth, in the gum above the upper teeth, so no scars will be visible on the outside.
- Pocket— A pocket behind the muscles of each cheek is then created and the implant is placed immediately overlying the cheek bones.
- Placement— The implants are sculpted at the time of the surgery for adjustment to the needs of each patient and then fixated to the bone using microscrews to prevent displacement.
- Suturing—The incision in the mouth is closed with absorbable sutures.
- Sutures— You will have sutures in your mouth, which are dissolvable. You should use mouthwash 2 to 3 times a day, to keep the area clear of debris. The resulting scars on the gums will be completely concealed inside the mouth. The sutures will dissolve in about two weeks time.
- Swelling— You can expect to have some swelling following this surgery. Try to rest and sleep propped up with 2 -3 pillows during the first week after your surgery, to help reduce any swelling and bruising. The swelling may last one or two weeks. Bruises are very infrequent.
- Pain— Pain, stiffness and temporary numbness may occur.