Having full cheeks is an important part of a young and nice-looking face. In cases where the cheekbones are not developed enough, the cheeks are not as full as desired. For patients with this type of face, cheek prostheses prepared with a hard material called polyethylene that has sponge-like pores or with silicone.
The bone tissue in the cheek zone is accessed typically through incisions made in the mouth. The cheek prosthesis is placed in a pocket opened between the bone and soft tissues in this site and secured to the bone. This surgical intervention yields results very quickly. Very satisfactory results can be obtained in experienced hands. Potentially the most important issue may be asymmetrical placement. This can be corrected via a second intervention. Infection may sometimes develop even though it is very rare. It may be necessary to remove the prosthesis in that case.