What type of anaesthesia do I need for cheek implants?
Cheek augmentation can be completed with local anaesthesia, although 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 and a faster recovery than from general anaesthesia.
With sedation, Dr De Silva’ s patients are able to go home within 30 minutes following the completion of the procedure. General anaesthesia is not typically used for cheek augmentation due to the risks it carries. Plus, the recovery time is longer before patients can go home.
How do you treat a cheek implant infection?
Although the insertion of cheek implants is usually straightforward, on rare occasions it may be 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 gives rise to a small risk of infection.
Typically, an infected cheek implant will result in symptoms such as 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 the implant with antibiotics in conjunction with oral antibiotics as an effective method of treating an early infection in cheek implants.
However, in this relatively uncommon situation, removal of the implant is usually advised if the infection is not improving with antibiotics. New implants may be reinserted after 3 months.
Dr De Silva utilises silicone cheek implants which are relatively straight forward to insert and remove. However, other types of implants (including Medpor) can be challenging as the body can heal and integrate with the implant, making it difficult to remove.