No surgery is risk free, and as with all procedures there are numbers of potential risks and complications to consider when undergoing cheek surgery. Understanding those risks prior to having surgery is essential.
The likelihood that complications will occur during cheek surgery or the recovery process is very small. This is not intended to be a complete list of possible complications, but rather an overview of the most common risks associated with this kind of surgery:
- Scar tissue
- Erosion of bone by the implant
- Numbness of the lip
- Poor movement of the lip
- Temporary change in speech and asymmetry of the face
As a result of having cheek augmentation, it is possible but extremely rare that scar tissue can grow around the implant and squeeze it, causing it to constrict. This can also cause the implant to change shape, resulting in severe asymmetry of the face and can even cause severe pain. This usually results in the implant having to be removed.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Zacharia will answer any questions and provide detailed information regarding all possible complications involved with the surgery.