Malarplasty (Cheek Bone Surgery): Get the Facts
The elegant proportions of our cheeks are formed by the malar bones, also called cheekbones or zygomatic bones. A week structure may create a scrawny, aged look, whereas more prominent features make for a less-feminine appearance in women. Thanks to modern medicine, there is a way to change the overall shape of the face and get the desired outcome. It is called malarplasty and is readily available in a number of clinics in Singapore and overseas. Come take a look at the basics.
What is Malarplasty?
This is a cosmetic procedure that describes the augmentation of the jaw and cheeks to improve their shape. It may or may not involve the use of implants depending on whether the patient needs narrowing or widening of the structures. There are various ways to go about the intervention based on the type of alteration that is required. A tiny cut may be made below the lower eyelash or on the inside of the mouth or near the ear. The incision is small so it’s not likely to cause any serious scarring.
Then, the surgeon either adds implants or files the bone down to a more manageable size. To keep the patient still and relaxed, they go for either general anaesthesia or a combination of intravenous sedation with local anaesthesia. The procedure can last anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes or more and is performed in the outpatient department.
Who Needs This?
Malarplasty is ideal for people who are born with cheekbones that are too flat or too wide. It is used when the symmetry and proportions of the facial features are disturbed due to a serious injury or a congenital anomaly. A lot of people might think they know what they need, but as a matter of fact, it’s a surgeon who can determine the real problem and suggest the optimum treatment possible. Hence, you should leave the assessment to the specialists. Don’t forget that they have the medical background necessary to figure out how they can serve you best.
What to Do before Cheekbone Surgery
There are a few things to take into consideration before doing malarplasty. If you are a smoker, you should put away the cigarettes at least a month prior to having the operation. As well as this, you have got to stay away from anti-inflammatory drugs because this will increase your risk of bleeding. Do inform your doctor about current medications you are taking or treatments you’ve undergone. Be very specific about any allergies you have.
- It is recommended you apply cold compresses on your face every four hours for two days straight.
- You should stay away from strenuous activity for three to six weeks. Don’t do any aerobic exercises or lift heavy objects. Ask your doctor when you can resume your normal activities.
- Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medicines such as acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin).
- Don’t put on makeup two weeks after the procedure.
- Do take all the medication your surgeon prescribed.
- Try not to expose yourself to too much sun two months post-surgery, as it may cause swelling, discolouration, and even injury to your skin. Always use good sunscreen protection and wear sunglasses. You can also consider using hats and umbrellas to shelter yourself from the UVA and UVB rays.
- You will be put on a liquid diet until the wound heals.
- If the procedure involved cutting inside your mouth, you had better ensure it stays clean at all times. For the purpose, you need to use an antiseptic mouthwash a couple of times a day.
- It is possible for your cheeks to appear a tad asymmetrical on close inspection but that’s totally acceptable.
Can I Do Malarplasty in Conjunction with Other Treatments?
Yes, absolutely. You can have additional corrections during your malarplasty, including eyelid and nose surgery. Of course, you need to give your doctor a heads up about it in order to have all the necessary discussions and examinations ahead of time. It goes without saying that this will increase the duration of the entire procedure and may require hospitalisation for a couple of days.
What are the Risks?
- You may get a reaction to the anaesthesia
- Bleeding might occur
- The implant might come back up to the surface of the skin (also known as extrusion)
- The implant might be distorted due to capsular contracture (when the scar tissue tightens excessively)