Video Transcript: Hi, I’m Dr. Portuese From Seattle, Washington, and today we’re talking about placement of cheek implants. Cheek implants offer a permanent augmentation to the cheeks versus fillers that offer temporary augmentation. Cheek implants are manufactured in a large array of sizes, thicknesses and shapes. Today we’re gonna look at three different shapes of these implants. These are all size small. And the first one is what’s called a ubmalar Implant. These are sizers. These aren’t the actual implants. The actual implants are clear but this is a submalar implant. And this implant is used for patients who have a flat … the mid face is flat in the lower area down in here where they have buccal fat pad atrophy in this area.
But these implants go in this location and are performed to augment the lower mid face. The next one is a malar implant and that goes in the … that augments the entire mid face like this in a equal fashion. This is for patients who have more of a broader range of a flat cheek. This is a combined malar and submalar implant that is performed for patients who have an overall flat cheek and are really flat in the lower portion of their mid face. And this implant goes like this.
These implants are placed through an intra-oral approach above the teeth through the mouth usually under a brief general anesthesia as an outpatient surgical procedure. They can be removed at any time or they can be replaced with a larger or a smaller cheek implant. If you’re interested in a consultation?