What Kind of Results Can You Expect from a Facelift or Cheek Implants?

Have you been looking in the mirror as of late and felt unhappy with the image staring back at you? Have you been considering cosmetic surgery to address those areas that bother you? According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, surgical procedures were on the rise in 2016 and 90% of the patients were women. Eyelid surgery, face and neck lifts, brow lifts, and fat transfers were among the top 10 most common procedures. What this means is that you’re not alone in considering having a procedure. 

If you’ve been thinking about cheek implants and facelifts, here’s a look at what each of these procedures and entails and the kind of results you can expect.

What are Cheek Implants?
Cheek implants (also referred to as malar implants) are meant to help those who have an underdeveloped mid-area of their face. This can happen with age, or it could just be the shape of your face. By adding implants, surgeons re-shape the structure of your face, giving it an instant plumping and lifting effect. The result is a more youthful and symmetrical appearance.

For many women, cheek implants can work as an alternative to fillers or even a face-lift. The cheek implants may be enough to provide them with the look they want. These implants are typically made from medpor, PEEK, or medical grade silicone. They are placed right on the patient's cheekbone and are shaped to fit perfectly.

You will be given a general anaesthetic or sedation and it is a one-day procedure. There will be some swelling and soreness for the first seven to 10 days, and then all signs of swelling will be gone within a few weeks. At that point, everything settles in and you’ll be able to see the new shape of your face.

What is a Facelift?
A facelift is another option for those dealing with sagging and drooping skin. This one is more invasive than cheek implants, but the results tend to be that much more dramatic and noticeable. A facelift happens to be one of the most common cosmetic procedures done and targets many areas at once. The goal is to tighten up the soft tissue in the face and neck area, which results in a smoother, more youthful look.

There are different types of facelifts, so it really depends on what you want to target and how much work needs to be done. The type that you choose will determine how long the procedure takes, and how long the recovery period is.

In most cases you'll need to take at least one week off work to recover, possibly more depending on the procedure. You'll be given antibiotics and painkillers to use at home during the first few days of the

healing process. In general, it takes between six to nine months for the scars to settle and allow you to have a true sense of the results.

Each of these procedures can target specific areas of concerns on your face, so it’s best to book a consultation with a professional to discuss your expectations and goals before making any sort of decision.


  1. I've got to the age when I'd consider a facelift but how do you know if the cosmetic surgeon you choose is a good one or not- and I don't know anyone that's had one to ask for recommendations!

  2. Very helpful info, thank you! It's not just about look, either; the face can feel less comfortable with age, and if people want surgical help to deal with that then of course they should feel able to go for it.

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  4. I would love either
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    Unfortunately I'm too chicken !!!

  5. I've never thought of facial surgery, I have always said if I win the lottery I would like a boob op, but not stupid big unreal, just firm and neat, after breastfeeding mine are terrible, I only take my bra off for a shower I'm so conscious of them, and I'd also get my teeth done as they are criss crossed, I hate them too, I wont smile in photos xxx