This procedure involves inserting an artificial implant to heighten and give dimensions to a flat face. The procedure is usually performed under general anaesthetic, although local anaesthetic with sedation may occasionally be used.
The cheek implants are inserted either through the mouth where the upper lip meets the gum (in which case there will be no external scarring), or through an incision made just below the lower eyelash. A pocket is created over the cheekbone. An Implant of the appropriate size and shape is inserted, and the incision closed. If necessary, a small metal screw will be inserted to anchor the implant.
The procedure takes up to 1 hour to perform and most procedures are undertaken as day cases. Normal exercise may be resumed after approximately 2 weeks with most people returning to work after 1 week.