Our expert says:
Hi Clarissa, thank you for your question and my apologies for the delay with my answer.
The main difference between the 2 is that cheek implants require a surgical procedure and therefore either conscious sedation or general anesthesia, while NASHA fillers are performed in the doctor’s consulting/procedure room using a topical anesthetic. Cheek implants are permanent which in itself has advantages and disadvantages while fillers will need to be repeated when they are broken down by the body.
Cheek Implants Risks / Complications / Patient Safety
•Sensation to the cheek may be temporarily or permanently changed by the implants.
•Implants can become shifted, especially in the early stages after surgery. Avoid contact sports until you are fully healed.
•With the eyelid approach for surgery, retraction of the lower eyelid is possible, which may create dry eye sensation.
•If cheek implants become infected, removal may be necessary to clear the infection.
Cheek Surgery Recovery Process
The usual recovery after aesthetic cheek surgery depends on the type of surgical approach utilized and if other procedures are performed at the same time. In general, from a cheek augmentation alone, you should be active the day of surgery, but your upper lip will be “asleep” similar to a visit to the dentist. This sensation returns overnight, and the cheeks will feel mildly sore and swollen. Prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medicines may be provided, and you should maintain light activities. Keeping your head elevated helps the swelling resolve sooner. If your cheek augmentation was performed through the mouth, you will be restricted to a soft diet for a few days until the gums have healed. You will rinse your mouth after eating to keep the sutures clean, and these will dissolve on their own after several weeks. If the eyelid approach was utilized, your surgeon will instruct you on how to rest your eyes, and utilize lubricants to prevent dryness during the post-surgery swelling phase. During follow-up visits, skin sutures will be removed.
NASHA Fillers Side Effects/Complications:
Lump formation or granuloma formation
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