From the anatomic point of view, cheekbones are the most prominent zone of the upper, outer cheek part with a role to give a tridimensional look to the face. However, the shape of cheekbones, size and position are not determined solely by the bone structure, but by the structure of upper tissues (sub dermal fat tissue, muscles, skin). Nowadays cheek bone correction is done mostly with fillers or by fat grafting, but in some cases and in case of severe deformity, the use of implants is recommended.
Given that the surgery is made in general anesthesia, all tests recommended by the surgeon and anesthesiologist are required – in most cases only laboratorial tests and examination with the internist and ECG are sufficient.
The most common approach is intra-oral, which means that implant augmentation is made through a small incision on mucous membranes of the upper lip and along the upper gum line so the scar remains practically invisible. The second option, technically more complicated, is implant placement through a small incision on the lower eyelid.
After the intervention, sun exposure and hard physical exercises are forbidden for a few weeks, at least 2 weeks. It is recommended to sleep on the back, to avoid compression. Final results are visible in a matter of few weeks after the procedure, once the swelling is gone.
In almost every case, bruises and swelling are present. As rare complications, there is a possibility of infection, asymmetry, hypercorrection or hypocorrection and implant dislocation.
Mr sc. med. Vladimir B. Stojiljkovic is a pioneer in regenerative surgery in our country – with scientifically based approach he gained a lot of experience in fat transfer, stem cells and growth factors extracted from thrombocyte enriched plasma. Hi was first in our country to do a natural breast enhancement, using patients own fat tissue and BRAVA method for enlargement.