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Malar Augmentation (Cheek Implants)


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Malar Augmentation (Cheek Implants)

  1. 1. PATRICK PLASTIC BRIGGS SURGEON Malar Augmentation (Cheek Implants) Malar augmentation uses implants, usually made 15 Railway Road of synthetic material, to make cheek bones more Subiaco 6008 prominent and give better definition to the face. Western Australia T 08 9381 9300 F 08 9381 9299Our services About cheek implants Patrick Briggs Plastic Surgeon Pty LtdFrom your first visit to In some people the mid face area is not as fully ABN 80 084 350 274Dr Briggs’ Subiacooffice, you’ll work developed as desirable. This under-development can lead to a number of problems including: Member of thedirectly with Consultant Australian SocietyPlastic, Cosmetic and of Plastic SurgeonsReconstructive SurgeonMr. Patrick Briggs, the a downward slant to the eyelids with a lower position of the lid margin Member of thepractice’s director. eyes that are more rounded than normal Australasian Society of lower lid eye bags that develop earlier than usual Aesthetic PlasticTogether you willexplore the possibilities an overall flatter, poorly defined appearance to the face Surgeonsand discuss the results an early appearance of lines leading from the nose to the corners of the mouth Member of theyou can expect. (naso-lablial folds) International Society of Plastic SurgeonsImaging software will beused to show you how Occasionally the problem is more extensive, involving the upper jawbone and affectingyou might look afteryour procedure and the way the jaws fit together. These situations require more extensive intervention.every aspect of your However, in most cases dental occlusion is good and a cosmetic approach can improvetreatment, from the definition of the cheek area while providing better support for the lower lids.evaluation, throughsurgery to post surgicalcare will be carefully This approach, called Malar Augmentation, most often relies on synthetic implants, butexplained. can also use bone harvested from the patients skull to augment the existing bony structure on the face.A very personalchoiceA subtle blend of artand science, cosmetic Your consultationsurgery has become During your consultation your surgeon will take a general medical history and ask aboutincreasingly safe and any previous surgery or sinus infections. He will also want to discuss your goals for thecomfortable in recent procedure and how much increased prominence over the cheek, around the lower eyelidyears. and in the mid cheek area you desire.Techniques have beenrefined, new materials He will determine whether your facial structure makes you a good candidate for malarhave been developed augmentation surgery, and he’ll explain why trying to over-emphasise the cheekbonesand results havebecome more natural, usually results in an artificial and unsatisfactory appearance. In general, the aim of thepredictable and procedure is to retain a natural facial shape but enhance the definition.satisfying. No otherkind of surgery allows You’ll also discuss the wide variety of implants available and decide what type, designthe surgeon morecreativity; and no other and size are appropriate for you. The implants most commonly used by our practice arekind of surgery is more semirigid ones, which, once implanted, feel as natural as the bones of your face.deeply personal for thepatient. 1 w w w . d r p a t r i c k b r i g g s . c o m . a u
  2. 2. PATRICK PLASTIC BRIGGS SURGEON Your operation: what to expect Although, Malar Augmentation is usually performed under a general anaestheic, it can be done as a day case. Incisions are made on the inside of the mouth so there are no 15 Railway Road external scars. The implants are then fixed in position and the wounds closed. Subiaco 6008 Western Australia A more limited Malar Augmentation can be accomplished using fat transfer. It is also possible to correct a significant asymmetry between the two cheekbones by using T 08 9381 9300 F 08 9381 9299 implants complemented by fat transfer. Patrick Briggs Plastic Surgeon Pty Ltd ABN 80 084 350 274Mr. Patrick BriggsMr. Patrick Briggs is an After your surgery Member of the Australian Societyinternationally trained For the first four or five days after your procedure you will need a soft diet to protect of Plastic Surgeonsplastic and cosmetic the wounds inside your mouth. You should also be aware that:surgeon based in Subiaco, Member of theWestern Australia. Australasian Society of For your safety, you will need someone to drive you home and stay with you Aesthetic PlasticAfter graduating from the the first night after your procedure. SurgeonsRoyal College of Surgeonsin 1977, Mr. Briggs trained If you experience discomfort this can be eased by taking a mild analgesic Member of thein general surgery at St. such as Paracetamol. Aspirin must be avoided as it can promote bleeding. International Society ofBartholomew’s Hospital in Usually you’ll have your first checkup visit one week after your operation. At Plastic SurgeonsLondon, obtaining thefellowship Examination of that visit the surgeon will inspect the wounds inside your mouth to ensure thatthe Royal College of healing is progressing well.Surgeons of England in You should avoid returning to exercise for two to three weeks after theMay 1981 and the operation, as it can trigger swelling in your face.Fellowship Examination ofthe Royal College of After your surgery, it is possible to brush your teeth with a gentle toothbrushSurgeons in Ireland in from day one, and it is advisable to use antiseptic mouthwash four times aJune 1981. day for a least for the first week.Training in Plastic Surgery The operation is usually not associated with this significant bruising butfollowed at Mount Vernon swelling can be moderate to significant. Gently massaging your cheeks canHospital and University help relieve the swelling.College Hospitals in It is also important to sleep with a couple of pillows for the first two weeks toLondon, AlleghenyGeneral Hospital in accelerate your recovery.Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,USA and Cork UniversityHospital, Ireland.In 1991, Mr. Briggs passedthe Intercollegiate BoardExamination in plasticsurgery as administered bythe four Royal Colleges ofGreat Britain and Ireland –the FRCS (PlasticSurgery). That same year,he was awarded aCertificate of Completion ofHigher Surgical Training(CCST) in plastic andcosmetic surgery. 2 w w w . d r p a t r i c k b r i g g s . c o m . a u