What is cheek augmentation?
Full round cheeks keep us look young, beautiful and healthy. As we age, the fat pads that make the cheeks fuller and plump change position and fall. Sometimes they flatten out and disappear resulting to a caved-in or sunken appearance.
How is cheek augmentation through fat transfer done?
Fat is harvested from other parts of the body (hips, stomach, arms, thighs, etc.) with the use of a syringe and tumescent technique. Through a small incision, a needle is inserted in the donor site to fill the syringe. The donor fat is collected into a larger syringe for re-injection into the face. This procedure can be repeated in order to build up more volume and to compensate for some fat that is absorbed by the body. For more information about fat transfer, please click on the underlined link.
How is the procedure done using cheek implants?
Cheek augmentation is an outpatient procedure done within 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the extent of the correction. Local anesthesia is used. A specially designed implant material is inserted into a small incision inside the mouth.
What are the different kinds of cheek implants?
Filler materials include synthetic and non-synthetic materials. Synthetic materials include solid silicone elastomer, Gore-tex and Softform which are designed for permanent implantation. Non-synthetic materials include Alloderm and Fascian which are made of collagen and other protein-like substances taken from the human body. Dr. Lansangan will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the options during a consultation.
What is recovery like?
Temporary discomfort with swelling, bruising, stiffness and numbness will be experienced. These will be relieved by taking the prescribed pain relievers and antibiotics. A small amount of oozing within the mouth immediately after the procedure is normal – this will stop in about 2 days. Elastic tape or stretch bandages are placed over the implant site to maintain compression immediately after the operation. The patient lays down with head elevated on about 2 to 3 pillows for 24 to 48 hours. Soft diet is recommended during the 1st week to avoid unnecessary motion and strain around the implant site. For about a week, there will be some difficulty in smiling and talking. At this time, the implant is somewhat secured but malposition may occur as late as 6 weeks – so be careful not to bump your cheek. In about 2 weeks, majority of the swelling will be gone. Complete resolve of swelling and numbness takes about 3 months.
How soon can a patient go back to work?
Most patients go back to work in 2 to 5 days after the surgery. However, for those with strenuous job, it may take 3 weeks.
When can results be seen?
Results are visible right after the surgery. Patients will appreciate the result better 2 weeks after when most of the swelling has subsided.
Can it be done simultaneous with other surgical procedures?
Cheek augmentation is often done with a nose surgery and face lift in order to create the right proportion.
What are the possible complications?
Complications with this procedure are very rare. These rarities include implant malposition, asymmetry, and infection.
How can nonsurgical cheek augmentation done? Dermal fillers can be used to augmentthe cheeks, chin, forehead and lips naturally without the risks and complications of surgeries.
The Restylane Way
What is this?
Natural Beauty. From Within.
Restylane® is the smart and easy way to add volume and smoothness to your skin. Restylane is based on a hyaluronic acid gel that closely resembles the body’s own hyaluronic acid. It is long lasting, but not permanent.
Internationally patented, proven in the Philippines
Restylane is made in Sweden, a nation known for health, nature and beauty. Since 1996, millions of treatments have been successfully performed in more than 70 countries worldwide.
Millions of people have used Restylane with confidence. It is the world’s most widely used product based on hyaluronic acid for esthetic enhancement.
Here in the Philippines, Restylane has been offered since (2000). To date, the number of Restylane treatments have gone up from the time it was first introduced. Together with key partners (Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons), patients have gained more knowledge and information on how one can improve one’s look the most natural way with Restylane.
Restylane is safe
Restylane’s safety and efficacy is proven beyond a doubt, with robust clinical data spanning a decade and trusted by millions of users worldwide. Adverse reactions to Restylane are rare.
Restylane is natural
The uniquely produced hyaluronic acid gel of Restylane closely resembles natural hyaluronic acid. This reduces the risk of an inflammatory reaction or other side effects.
Restylane is long lasting but not permanent
Restylane gives you flexibility and control over your looks. Because your face changes shape as you age, you want to avoid a permanent look you might regret in years to come.
Restylane is non-animal
In contrast to some other hyaluronic acid-based products, the hyaluronic acid in Restylane is not extracted from animals. This means there is no risk of transmitting disease or eliciting allergic reactions if you are sensitive to common foods, such as chicken and eggs.
Restylane is quick and easy
Restylane treatment usually fits in well with busy lifestyles, with minimal downtime, and gives results that can be seen instantly.
WHAT RESTYLANE CAN DO FOR YOU
Whether your need is to rejuvenate skin, smooth wrinkles or enhance facial contours or lips – Restylane® has the product to make you look good and feel great. It provides instant and long-lasting aesthetic results.
The results of Restylane can be seen instantly – and as the treatment is non-surgical, with minimal downtime you can get on with living life to the fullest.
Sometimes the best beauty treatment is a simple injection procedure that smooths out wrinkles and folds that help take away years from your looks.
In certain cases wrinkles don’t add character to your face but instead bother you. With help from Restylane®, your looks can be quickly enhanced with long-lasting results. Whatever your needs are, from smoothing away crow’s feet and smoker’s lines to correcting deep folds and worry lines, there’s a Restylane solution that gives the best possible results.
Restylane products can for example smooth out the following wrinkles:
• Nose to mouth lines (nasolabial folds)
• Crow’s feet
• Smoker’s lines
• Smile lines
• Worry lines
Restylane® provides a natural way to enhance your lips, giving you the fullness and shape you desire.
Your lips are often the focus of the eye and the centre of attention. Restylane can create fuller lips, accentuate the lip line or create a more defined cupid’s bow in a natural looking way.
Restylane can for example do the following for your smile:
• Create more lip volume
• Define the lip line
• Create happier mouth corners
• Reduce smoker’s lines around the mouth
Restylane® can give you a natural cheek enhancement and a more pronounced chin.
When surgery is a step too far, Restylane can help restore lost facial volume in a natural looking way. By gently adding volume to the chin and cheek, Restylane shapes and highlights these areas to give a youthful, more defined appearance.
Restylane can for example define and accentuate the features of your face by creating:
• A stronger cheek bone definition
• A more pronounced chin
• Heighten up Nose bridges
Restylane Vital™ is a product range for skin rejuvenation that works by restoring hydrobalance and improving skin elasticity and skin structure.
As we age, the quality of the skin changes – as collagen and elastic fibres degrade and the distribution and function of the body’s own hyaluronic acid is changed. This results in rougher and dryer skin with less elasticity. The biological clock has an important role in this process but also lifestyle factors, such as exposure to sun, smoking and drinking all play their part but despite the changes that it has caused your skin, with Restylane you wouldn’t have to live with the consequences.
Restylane Vital is a beauty treatment that can help. It creates a glowing complexion by gently and naturally smoothing the skin from within. By replenishing hyaluronic acid under the skin, Restylane Vital restores hydrobalance and improves the structure and elasticity of the skin. Restylane Vital is scientifically proven to improve skin quality and can be used to rejuvenate the face, neck, décolletage and hands.
For skin rejuvenation with Restylane Vital a typical treatment program is made up of three treatment sessions with 2-4 weeks apart and then repeat treatments every 4 to 6 months.
Restylane Vital can improve the skin quality in for example the following areas:
• Décolletage and neck
What is Restylane?
Restylane is also known as NASHA (Non-Animal, Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid . Hyaluronic acid as we all know, is a polysacharide that is identical to all species and tissue types. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in Restylane is stabilized that allows a longer lasting aesthetic outcome. It is injected intradermally to the skin and normally lasts from 12 to 18 months. The duration of Restylane in the skin is different for every individual. This is due to the reason that each person has different activities and may be exposed to different types of stimulus in one way or the other.
What should I prepare myself for before a Restylane treatment?
Make sure that make up is removed from area where injection will be done. Betadine wash is preferred.
Doctor will explain to you what Restylane can do for you, to let you know what to expect. Expectations should be clear in orienting patients on the outcome of each treatment. The results are guaranteed to look very natural. And more patients come back for a re-treatment simply because they would like to maintain the nice natural effect it gives. Ask your dermatologist/ doctor about this treatment, whether it would be wrinkle correcting or facial enhancement. They can explain to you which type of results are to be expected.
Is Restylane Safe?
Restylane is present in more than 70 countries with over 10 million treatments worldwide. It has a proven safety profile since 1996. No reports on migration have been found and patients in fact come back for a re-treatment after 6 months to 12 months.
Precaution is called for pregnant women.
Does it hurt?
Pain is relative. This is the reason doctors put either a topical anaesthesia or inject nerve block to area where Restylane is to be injected. Generally, since needle is very fine, there is no pain that cannot be tolerated. In Philippine encounters, it has been well tolerated by patients.
What is the do’s and don’ts after a Restylane injection?
Do put ice immediately after injection to lessen the pain and swelling. For lips, its better to use a new lip gloss and/or lip stick to avoid infection. One must know that swelling may last up to 7 days so this means, that one should allow the areas of injection to heal as naturally.