High cheekbones that frame the eyes, draw attention to the nose and mouth, and give an amazing three quarter-profile are some of the most coveted facial features. If you aren’t born with catwalk-ready bone structure, however, facial implants on the cheeks can lend you the prominent zygomatic arches you’ve always wanted.
The following precautions ensure your successful cheek augmentation and speedy recovery.
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Aspirin and certain non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) hinder blood clotting and the healing process. Furnish your doctor a list of all your current medications – any of these drugs that behave similarly to NSAID will have to be postponed until a week or so after the operation. Your doctor can prescribe alternatives you can take if necessary.
Hydrate yourself copiously before and after the operation. A minimum of three liters of water daily is ideal. If you’re a smoker, lay off cigarettes at least six weeks before the day of the procedure, and six weeks after.
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Arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital and stay with you for the first 24 hours post-operation.
After the surgery
Post-operation, your doctor will provide specific instructions for maintaining drains, applying bandages, wearing compression garments, and taking antibiotics. Follow these instructions closely and carefully.
A liquid diet for the first two days post-surgery is best, while a soft diet from day three to ten is recommended.
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For the first seven days post-operation, keep still in a 45-degree reclined position. After one week, you can resume work and moderate physical activities. After two or three weeks, you can start exercising and vigorous training if desired.