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mike72 01-29-2010 01:21 PM

Cheek Implant Revision *HELP*
Hey everyone I'm a new member, I'm glad I found this forum. I have a question hopefully someone with knowledge of cheek implants can help me out.

I recently had cheek augmentation surgery 14 months ago. There was a 4mm cheek implant put in and I noticed after i'd say 4-5 months that my left cheek implant does not feel right. I believe the positioning of the implant on my left side is different than the right side. I think it is too low so it feels like a 'knot' on the left side of my face, whereas my right side i dont even feel it.

My question is, how do i approach the plastic surgeon about revision? It's not the look that bothers me, it's the feel. I shouldn't have to pay for any of the revision along with the anestiologist payment again if it wasnt done correctly? Any advice on how I should approach this would help a bunch.

robyne00 01-29-2010 02:42 PM

You definitely should approach your original surgeon concerning revision if you are unhappy with your results in any form or fashion. Be direct but polite and state your concerns plainly and clearly.

Unfortunately, some surgeons do charge for revisions. It is done on a case by case basis, as well as each surgeon is different.

Good luck!

la_angel 01-29-2010 06:40 PM

Hi and welcome to the forum! :)

If a cheek implant revision is due to the surgeons fault (it's out of place, he went too big, etc) then you shouldn't have to pay a surgeon fee. If it's someone that just changes their mind later on, then sometimes the surgeon will charge their fee.

In your case, it sounds like it might be touching a nerve the wrong way. So they look the same on each side? If they're both in the same position but you can only feel one, that sounds like a nerve to me.

robyne00 01-30-2010 06:33 PM

I agree with la_angel, regarding the implant touching a nerve. Definitely speak to your surgeon.

mike72 01-30-2010 08:21 PM

Thank you so much for the responses.

It feels really tight on my left side, esp., when I smile i cannot fully smile without resistance. When i smile it doesn't move, but it doesn't feel right, it feels like something in my face (even though there is, on one side it feels perfect, the other side feels bad). When I wake up in the morning I can immediately feel the 'knot' in left side of my face, it doesnt hurt, but I can tell something is there, whereas the other side I never feel it at all. Also, I notice after I take a shower and look in the mirror I can see where the implant is on one side of my face (the side that bothers me) whereas the other side i dont see it. One side sticks out alot more than the other.

robyne00 01-31-2010 12:44 PM

Are both implants the same size?

mike72 02-01-2010 11:32 AM

Yes I believe so. One side (the bad side) however sticks out more than the other. The left side is somewhat visible, where as the other side is less visible. I get the feeling I could be wrong that the implant on the good side is securely fastened around the bone whereas the bad side feels like its in the middle of tissue if that makes anysense, or it could be the positioning of the implant maybe too low compared to the good side..maybe this is why it doesnt feel right...your opinion?

Mr. Z 02-01-2010 11:46 PM

I have malar/submalar implants myself but haven't experienced what you have going on. Mine don't move at all because there were custom fit using a CT scan of the skull. They don't normally do that but mine were to repair the bone from an accident. I don't know what is going on with yours but I do know that's not normal. Have you ran it by the surgeon that put them in to see what he thinks?

mike72 02-05-2010 02:19 PM

I can tell the postioning of the implant by looking in the mirror one side is different from the other, it seems the lower position (the bad side) is the one that bothers me, whereas the the right side the implant seems to be in a higher position and doesnt bother me.

robyne00 02-08-2010 03:00 PM

You technically shouldn't "HAVE" to, but every surgeon is individually dependent. It also depends on how detailed the waiver you signed prior to surgery was, regarding liability.

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