What type of anaesthesia do I need for cheek implants?
Cheek augmentation can be completed with local anaesthesia, Dr. De Silva prefers his patients to have sedation anaesthesia, also known as twilight anaesthesia, this enables his patients’ to have a comfortable and relaxed experience with a fast recovery. With sedation Dr. De Silva’ s patients are able to go home within 30 minutes after the procedure. General anaesthesia can be used for cheek augmentation it is not necessary as the recovery is longer.
How do you treat a cheek implant infection?
Although the insertion of cheek implants is usually straightforward it can relatively rarely by complicated with infection. There is a natural flora of microbes that live in your mouth, and the nature of inserting cheek implants through the mouth and thereby hiding incisions means there is a small risk of infection with every cheek implant. An infected cheek implant will typically result in symptoms including fever, swelling, discomfort and pain. With an early infection, antibiotics can be effective in curing the infection without further treatment and without removal of the implant. Some surgeons have described washing of the implant with antibiotics in conjunction with oral antibiotics as an effective method of treating an early infection. However in the relatively uncommon situation of an apparent cheek implant which has become infected, if the implant is not improving with antibiotics, the treatment will require removal of the implant, allowing a period of time for the infection to resolve, followed by re-insertion of a new implant 3-months later. Dr. De Silva utilises silicone cheek implants which are relatively straight forward to insert and remove, however other types of implant (including Medpor) can be challenging to remove as the body can heal with the implant making it difficult to remove.