Cheek implant surgery or cheek augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to enhance or alter the look of the cheeks on an individual’s face.
Patients choose this procedure for a number of reasons:
- To make their cheekbones fit more harmoniously with other facial features
- To correct a deformity
- To resolve what is perceived as sunken, hollowed cheeks
- To correct previous surgery
- In conjunction with a facelift or with chin implants, as part of a comprehensive programme
The process of undergoing cheek implant surgery should start with your surgeon discussing with you the type of implant to be used and explaining and documenting the risks associated with it. A discussion should take place as to what result is hoped will be achieved by the procedure. Normally, general anaesthetic or occasionally local anaesthetic will be used too.
The surgery is performed by making an incision in the upper part of the cheek or lower part of the cheek. A small pocket over the jawbone will be made and the implant inserted. The implants are either solid or semi-solid, made of silicon, polythene or your own body tissue.
There are a number of methods utilised to keep the implants in place including metal screws, stitches or your own cheek muscles.
What can go wrong with cheek implant surgery?
In order for this surgery to succeed the surgeon must make the correct diagnosis and use the correct configuration of implant. It is important that the surgeon takes proper account of both your facial pattern and the style and size of the implant.
There is also a requirement for good oral hygiene and an absence of periodontal disease; if these are not present and/or you smoke, these increase the risk factors associated with the procedure and you need to be advised of this. In certain instances, the use of micro-screws will be appropriate to avoid the implant ‘floating’ and causing injury.
- Symptoms which may indicate your operation was carried out in a negligent way include:
- Excessive scarring or skin contour issues
- Infection which could have been prevented or has not been treated
- Nerve damage involving loss of sensation that persists
- Loss of muscle control and/or asymmetry
- Movement of the implant into other tissue
Have I got an implant claim?
Have your cheek implants gone wrong? The success of your implant claim will depend on a review of what happened in your individual case. Our experienced and professional team can review these following a free, initial consultation on your case. We have healthcare expertise and over 25 years of experience in handling claims such as these, enabling us to quickly establish whether or not your claim has a chance of success and getting you the implant compensation you deserve.
The majority of our claims are dealt on a no win no fee basis, which means that if your claim is not successful, you will not have to pay.
Frequently asked questions
What damages will I receive?
You can see an indication of the range of compensation you can receive for different types of claims by using our compensation calculator. In addition, should your claim be successful you may also receive damages for the cost of corrective surgery, loss of earnings or any additional care costs you may need.
How long will it take?
This depends on the complexity of the claim and the nature of the injuries you sustained. We will always do everything we can to speed the process up and will keep you informed every step of the way.