Cheek Implant Risks

All surgery, including cheek augmentation, has risks and complications. These may include allergic reactions to the anesthetic used, excessive bleeding, excessive scarring or other medical complications, or dissatisfaction with the results of the procedure.

General Medical Risks

Infection occurs quite rarely with cheek augmentation, but it can occur. Signs of an infection include redness, severe swelling, discharge, a foul smell, severe pain or a fever over 100.5ยบ F. You must contact your surgeon if any of these symptoms occur.

You can have a bad reaction to the anesthesia or sedative used, even if you have never had a bad reaction in the past. Postoperative bleeding can occur, as can the formation of a clot or a pocket of blood or other fluid near the implant.

Asymmetry or Facial Implant Shifting (Displacement)

Asymmetry, where one side of your face looks markedly different from the other, may occur if your surgeon positions the implants poorly. It is also possible for a cheek implant to shift due to swelling, trauma or scarring. If this occurs, more surgery may be needed to move the implant back into a more favorable position.

Extended Loss of Sensation (Numbness)

There is usually a temporary loss of sensation in the area of your cheeks. This loss of sensitivity usually subsides, but in rare cases there may be a permanent loss of sensation.

General Dissatisfaction with Cheek Implant Surgery

General dissatisfaction may occur if you fail to convey your expectations and desired appearance to your cheek augmentation surgeon. In the first few weeks after your surgery, you may feel that your cheeks are too large. This may be due to the initial swelling, which can take several weeks or months to completely resolve.

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