Cheek implants, also known as malar implants, are used to enhance the volume and contour of the cheeks. They come in different shapes, sizes, and materials to achieve desired aesthetic outcomes. Here are some common types of cheek implants:
1. Silicone Implants
Silicone implants are the most commonly used type of cheek implants. They are made of a solid silicone material that provides a natural-looking and long-lasting enhancement. Silicone implants are available in various sizes and shapes to accommodate individual facial features.
2. Porous Polyethylene (Medpor) Implants
Porous polyethylene implants, commonly referred to as Medpor implants, are made of a porous, high-density polyethylene material. These implants allow the body’s own tissue to grow into the implant, providing stability and a more natural integration. Medpor implants are known for their durability and suitability for facial contouring.
3. Polyethylene (PEEK) Implants
Polyethylene implants, also known as polyetheretherketone (PEEK) implants, are another type of cheek implant material. PEEK implants offer strength and stability while maintaining a lightweight structure. They are biocompatible and resistant to degradation, making them a suitable option for facial augmentation.
4. Hydroxyapatite (HA) Implants
Hydroxyapatite implants are made from a biocompatible material that resembles natural bone. These implants are gradually replaced by the body’s own bone tissue over time, resulting in a more natural and integrated enhancement. Hydroxyapatite implants are known for their biocompatibility and ability to promote bone ingrowth.
It’s important to note that the selection of cheek implants should be tailored to an individual’s unique facial anatomy and desired outcome. A consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon is necessary to determine the most suitable type, size, and placement of cheek implants based on your specific needs and goals.