How Long Does It Take For Facial Swelling After Cheek Implants To Go Away?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I recently had cheek implants done and I look terrible. I’ve never been this hideously ugly, and other people seem to instantly love their results, so I’m really scared and really depressed. I hope to eventually move my face normally and that sensation will return. I don’t know why he augmented one side such that the two sides will be off balance butI could see from day one before the swelling set in that the two sides were not even.

A: With time and healing your face will move again normally but that will be a process of up to three weeks or more. Feeling will also return normally but that will take a little longer.

I have done this type of facial implant work (cheek implants) for a long time and I can tell you that not everyone instantly loves their results.  Swelling and bruising causes a lot of facial distortions and it can be unnerving to see your face this way. But what you see now is not necessarily what it will be four to six weeks from now. But that is understandably hard for many patients to see. There are many patients who feel just like you do at this point so what you are experiencing is not unusual at all.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana