Cheek implant is an intricate cosmetic surgery procedure as the surgeon must take care that the balance and harmony of the facial features remains intact.
The recovery period varies between patients depending on the type of surgical technique, implant size, combining of the cheek implant surgery with another procedure such as an eyelid lift, and the patient’s innate healing abilities.
The surgeon will explain the recovery process to the patient during the pre-operative consultation. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel H. Lin provides cheek implant surgery to patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and surrounding locations across the horizon.
Key Aspects in Cheek Implant Recovery
The recovery for cheek implant cosmetic surgery involves other aspects in addition to the physical healing of the wounds.
These are emotional and social recovery as well as the recovery of the skin’s ability to feel sensation. The procedure involves aesthetic enhancement, while maintaining the patient’s facial integrity and identity. This makes the emotional and social elements almost as vital as the physical aspect of recovery.
The recovery period usually lasts between 2 to 3 weeks. The surgeon will remove the sutures and the drain tubes in around 7 to 10 days. After that, the patient can resume their routine activities and work.
However, if the patient wishes to keep the surgery more discreet, they may want to remain at home for a minimum of 2 weeks for the signs of the procedure to fade away. There will be some residual inflammation even after 2 weeks. But the patient can use makeup to camouflage it.
After the initial week, the bruising will reduce rapidly. Patients who have a thin face will have a benefit as the mild facial inflammation may appear only as a slight fullness of the face. This may make it less noticeable. The facial treatment areas will improve substantially by week three. Most patients will experience numbness in the skin around the incision sites. However, it usually resolves itself over a few weeks.
The areas that support the sutures will be slightly firm, but will not be conspicuous to other people. The surgeon will offer detailed post-op care guidelines. The patient should follow these instructions diligently for a quicker and more comfortable recovery.
In the first week, the patient should not drive as the slight stiffness in the incision areas may be painful while turning the head. The patient should avoid driving as long as they are taking pain medications. On their first drive after the surgery, the patient should preferably have another individual accompanying them to handle the situation if the patient experiences fatigue.
Patients who have a very active social life will have to decide on when they are ready to resume their social engagements. The visible signs of the surgical procedure will require a minimum of 2 weeks to subside. The patient may make subtle hairstyle changes and use more makeup to hide the noticeable signs of a cheek augmentation surgical procedure.
Dignified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Lin receives patients from West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and other cities and towns in this region of the country for cheek implant surgery.
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