How common are cheek implant complications?

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I really want to get cheek implants done, but I'm getting worried about the risks of complications. How often do cheek implant infections or serious problems happen?


M, 31, California

Cheek implants give you more volume and fullness to your cheeks. As with any cosmetic surgery, there are risks. Potential complications include bleeding, infection, poor healing of incisions, skin loss, numbness, prolonged swelling, cheek implant displacement and the need for implant removal surgery. You should be completely aware of all of the risks and complications before you commit to the surgery completely. You will also need to make sure that you have a friend or a family member stay with you for the first night of your recovery because you won't be able to bend and walk around very easily due to the effects of general anesthesia.

If you're like me, you want more out of your cheekbones. I had no definition in my face before I had my cheek augmentation. I wanted to have cheekbones that stood out like a movie star's profile. I wanted to go into implant surgery with my eyes wide open and learn about all the potential complications. I researched online and found one study that said the most common complication was infection, which happened to under half of the participants in the study. Other rare complications included a shift in implant placement or extrusion, where the implant pokes out. My plastic surgeon assured me that complications were rare in his practice. I went with someone with years of experience who specialized in cheek implants. I had a little swelling after my procedure, but no other problems. Follow your doctor's instructions for recovery care to the letter.