Cheek augmentation procedures have been able to change many people’s lives by improving their aesthetics and looks, as well as boosting their confidence, allowing them to live generally happier lives.
However, even with so many benefits, it is important that specialists like Dr. Debraj Shome explain to individuals the side effects and potential risks of the procedures. Understanding both the benefits and risks will enable you to realize what you can and can’t expect.
Potential risks of cheek augmentation
If you are looking to consult with a cheek augmentation clinic for any type of cheek enhancement to enhance your facial aesthetics, you should be aware of these side effects. Note that results are different for individual patients, and your experience won’t be the same as another patient’s, even if you undergo the same procedure.
Infections are inevitable with medical procedures. It doesn’t always occur, but it is a potential risk to be aware of. It can happen during or after the procedure. Cheek augmentation involves surgery where the wounds can provide an entryway for bacteria that cause infections.
If the surgeon is not careful, this can lead to severe complications that may require the implants to be removed and/or further medical intervention. However, where the infection is not as severe, it can easily be managed with antibiotics and other prescribed medications.
Materials used in cheek augmentation like dermal fillers or implants are generally considered safe as they are made from synthetic and natural substances, so allergic reactions may be minimal and easily manageable.
However, if the patient is allergic to the ingredients of the treatment, they may experience allergic reactions and symptoms such as redness, swelling, and itching. During the initial consultation, it is important to discuss potential allergic reactions to avoid these cases.
One of the purposes of cheek augmentation surgery is to create more defined facial features and symmetry. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and the opposite can occur, especially if you work with an inexperienced cosmetic practitioner.
In this case, the face may appear uneven, which may require additional procedures. Successful cheek augmentation procedures should be done with a certified and well-experienced practitioner to minimize dissatisfaction.
Overfilling or underfilling
You need a skilled practitioner to achieve the precise level of augmentation. Overfilling can create an imbalanced appearance in the facial structures, failing to create the natural look you are looking for.
On the other hand, underfilling may not create an imbalanced look, but it will probably not give you the desired effect. Communication is important between the patient and the practitioner to ensure mutual understanding and avoid disappointment in the end.
Migration and displacement
The effects of cheek augmentations are great at first. While you may have achieved your desired look, keep in mind that there is a risk of displacement of the implants, especially after a long period of time.
In some cases, the implants may move from their original positions, creating an unnatural and disproportionate look. When this happens, revision surgery is necessary to achieve a more balanced aesthetic. You can also consult your practitioner for other suitable alternatives.