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Has Age or Genetics Caused Your Cheeks to Droop or Look Flat?

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Cheek Implants can restore volume and a youthful appearance. Time and gravity take their toll on our faces. As we get older, our skin starts to lose some of the compounds that help maintain its shape, primarily elastin and collagen, the proteins that make up our connective tissue.

The fat in our cheeks loses volume and starts to drop, causing that sagging appearance that gives away our age. The skin also tends to lose moisture and become thinner, decreasing its natural resiliency. If you are noticing this aging process, or if you always wanted fuller cheeks, Dr. Kate O’Connor is a gifted facial plastic surgeon and strives to offer the best cheek implants Nashville has to offer.

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What are Cheek Implants?

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Cheek implants are synthetic implants that can fill out or reshape your cheeks and balance asymmetries in your face. They are implanted through a surgical procedure. They are made from a biomaterial, a substance that is suitable for use in living tissue.

Cheek implants are made with silicone or porous polyethylene, substances that are FDA approved and feel natural to the touch. There are three general shapes used in cheek implant surgery: malar, submalar, and a combined implant. Malar implants are used directly on the cheekbones, creating a higher projection and definition of your cheeks. The submalar delivers fuller cheeks and can help to fill out any sunken areas. Often a combined implant is used to achieve both objectives.

Benefits of Cheek Implants

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Cheek implants provide a more youthful appearance, filling out the contours of your face and restoring the volume you had when you were younger. They can also give you plump and model-like cheekbones you always wanted. They can be used if you need symmetry after an injury or disease that has affected your cheek or cheekbone. Fillers can achieve similar results, but they are not permanent. Cheek implants are designed to last.

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Am I a Candidate for Cheek Implants?

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You are a good candidate for cheek implants if you are a healthy, non-smoker with no underlying conditions that might make healing difficult. If you have cheeks that are sagging, thin, or flat, or if you have been unhappy with the appearance of your cheeks and understand the expected results, you will benefit from these implants. If you want cheek implants in Nashville, Dr. Kate O’Connor has the experience and talent to deliver the results you want.

What Happens During Cheek Implants Procedures?

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Dr. O’Connor will first spend time listening to what you hope to achieve with your cheek implants. She will evaluate your overall health, assess your overall facial structure, ask about any medications and supplements you are taking and will discuss options and outcomes of the cheek implant procedure. Your customized cheek implants will be molded to fit your facial anatomy. Usually, for most of our Nashville cheek implant patients, both cheeks are done at the same time, but if you have an imbalance, you may opt to have only one.

Cheek Implant Procedure

The cheek implants procedure itself starts with the administration of general or local anesthesia with sedation medication to make sure you are comfortable. Twilight sedation is also available upon request. Dr. O’Connor will make an incision inside your mouth or in your lower eyelid so there will be no visible scars from the procedure. If you are having other facial surgery at the same time, such as a facelift, brow lift, rhinoplasty, or blepharoplasty, she will use the same incision for the cheek implants. The cheek implant surgery usually takes about an hour, but additional surgeries will lengthen the time. Dr. O’Connor will wrap your face with dressings and explain the expected recovery process.

What Can I Expect During Recovery from Cheek Implants?

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After your surgery, the dressings will remain in place for a few days. Medication can be prescribed that will alleviate any tenderness and discomfort.

You may feel tightness in the cheek area that will usually lessen within a week. Dr. O’Connor uses a holistic, integrative approach to recovery that will significantly improve your recuperation. The therapies she uses, such as acupuncture, massage techniques, and supplements, will speed up the healing process. If you are looking to improve your cheeks and are in Nashville cheek implants from Dr. Kate O’Connor, M.D., will give you the fuller appearance you desire.

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What Results Can I Expect from My Cheek Implants?

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Once the bandages are removed you will see some immediate improvement. About six weeks after surgery, any swelling should have subsided. You will notice fuller cheeks and a younger look.

The drooping will have disappeared and the nasolabial folds (those lines from your nose to either side of your chin) will be less noticeable; downturns around your mouth will improve. The incisions will be hidden, so with cheek implants there will be little to no visible scarring. These results are permanent. Many patients report an increased level of self-confidence because of their more youthful appearance and improved facial harmony.

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Why Should I Go to Harmony Facial Plastic Surgery for My Cheek Implants?

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If you are looking for cheek implants in Nashville, facial plastic surgeon Kate O’Connor, M.D. can restore the youthful look you want. She will address any concerns you have and provide a holistic approach that extends to the recovery period. Dr. O'Connor is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, the American of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the Tennessee Medical Society. Contact Dr. O’Connor for a consultation to determine if cheek Implants are right for you.

When you decide to explore the surgical refinement of a facial feature, our goal at Harmony Facial Plastic Surgery is to begin your journey as a united team. We take our role in your care, happiness, and confidence to heart and strive to make your entire experience smooth and empowering. We will answer all your questions and help you understand your options to make the best decisions for yourself with a clear vision of your aesthetic goal in mind. We’re here to help you achieve your most confident self.

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