Chin and Cheek Augmentation

Strong cheek bones and dynamic facial contours add definition to the face. Cheek implants can improve facial contour for anyone desiring a balanced, stronger appearance. This procedure is especially attractive to victims of facial trauma or those with undesirable congenital effects.

Facial implants are inserted through inconspicuous incisions inside the mouth, leaving no visible scars. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and can last from 45 minutes to two hours, depending on the individual. Creating a more balanced, better proportioned face may require more than a single procedure.

Cheek implants

Prominent, well-defined cheekbones are one of the most striking signs of youthfulness and beauty. Because of heredity, some people simply don't have well-developed cheekbones, or their cheekbones may not be in balance with their other facial features.

Others, who had well-defined cheekbones when younger, have lost this definition as the cheek soft tissues have started to droop with the aging process. Today we have several options to create or recreate this cheek definition–cheek implants or repositioning of the fallen cheek tissues with a facelift.

Cheek implants are made in a variety of shapes and sizes, allowing plastic surgeons to customize implant to the individual. Despite a skillful use of cosmetics, it is difficult to create contours where there are none. A permanent way to achieve high and pronounced cheekbones it through the use of cheek implants.

Cheek augmentation can have dramatic results by adding contrasts to a long, narrow or to an overly round face. This can create the soft angles and contrasts that are so sought-after. Cheek implants are placed on top of the cheekbone through an incision made usually inside the mouth, thus keeping the incision scar hidden. During the procedure, the implant is secured with one–two titanium screws. This anchors the implant in place to avoid migration. During the recovery process, there may be some discomfort during talking and eating, but this dissipates with time.

Potential risks

Nerve injury and post-operative infection are rare but possible risks.

Before surgery

Prior to any surgery, a complete medical history will be taken, along with a careful examination to evaluate your general health. You and your surgeon will discuss the best types of anesthesia to be used, how the procedure works, your anticipated results, and the possible risks. During your subsequent pre-operative visit, you will receive preoperative instructions, so you will know your role in creating the most advantageous surgical outcome.

Following surgery

Following Surgery Sutures placed are resorbable. Discomfort associated with the surgery will be alleviated with medication prescribed by your surgeon. Antibiotics will be prescribed to prevent infection. A medicated oral rinse will be prescribed. Some temporary swelling and bruising of the face are to be expected; however, keeping the head slightly elevated when reclining and applying cold compresses may help reduce swelling. Chewing may be difficult for about two weeks, and tightness or numbness around the treated area may occur for a short while. Brushing the teeth is often difficult for several days.

Complications or infection are rare but following your surgeon’s instructions will make a significant difference in your recovery.

Chin augmentation

The chin is important to the overall balance of the face. A large or small chin may create a proportional imbalance with other facial features such as the neck, lips, nose and forehead. A chin that is too large in dimension can be reduced, and the chin that is too small can be augmented. These chin surgical procedures are often done in concert with other cosmetic procedures. It is most common for patients to seek chin augmentation. This is accomplished by placing an artificial implant. or advancing the chinbone. The type of procedure depends on the degree of chin recession and the patient's individual goals.

If the patient needs an artificial implant for a minor deficiency, a pocket is created by making an incision in the mouth or chin skin. An appropriately sized implant is placed. Following surgery, patients must wear chin dressing and eat soft foods for 2-3 weeks. Patients will experience a brief period of lower-lip discoloration and swelling.

Major chin deficiency will require bone surgery (osteotomy) in which the bone of the chin is moved forward. The procedure is performed through a mouth incision made behind the lower lip. Patients must follow a soft diet for 2-3 weeks. In addition, the lower-lip swelling, discoloration, and altered lip sensation may last longer than previously described.

For chin reductions, an incision made behind the lower lip. Then using power bone instruments, a bone reduction (genioplasty) is done. Following surgery, patients must wear a chin dressing and eat soft foods for two to three weeks. Patients will experience a brief period of lower-lip swelling, discoloration, and numbness.


Supporting documents

Below are documents to help you before your visit and after.

Surgical instructions

Medicines to avoid prior to surgery
Facial (Fraxel) laser surgery
Oral and Maxillofacial surgery

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