The procedure is accomplished through an incision in the mouth, just above the gum line. A pocket is created above the bony surface of the cheek to insert the implant. This way, the incision will remain invisible.
An incision slightly under the eye is also possible. Even though the incision remains visible, it makes use of the same incision used in lower eyelid surgery.
Surgical augmentation of the cheeks can be achieved through a procedure using implants. There are several types of implants available, and the choice depends on your individual anatomy.
The main type of implant used is named Medpor (porous polyethene), but Gor-Tex and silicone can also be used.
Gor-Tex is a popular permanent material that provides an enhanced surface characteristic which more optimally interfaces with the body and it can be completely removed at any time. It is most useful where there are deeper folds under the skin.
Silicone, on the other hand, is probably the most popular material for implants. It is easy to shape into the desired form, firm to touch but also elastic. Silicone implants can deform inside your body, but they, too, can be removed easily. The material is harmless to the patient’s tissue.