There are two techniques for adding prominence and contour to the chin. One, performed through an incision inside the mouth, requires moving the chinbone. A more common approach involves insertion of a chin implant. The implant is inserted through incisions inside the mouth or on the underside of the chin. If the incision is inside the mouth, it is closed with sutures (stitches) that later dissolve. If the incision is under the chin, surgery usually leaves only a faint scar that is barely visible underneath the chin. This procedure may take between one to one and a half hour.
Cheek implant surgery usually takes about one and half hour. When cheek implants are being placed in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure, such as a facelift, forehead lift or eyelid surgery, the implants may be inserted through the incisions made for those procedures. Otherwise, an incision will be made either inside the upper lip or lower eyelid. A pocket is then formed and an implant is inserted.
In general, the best candidates for chin augmentation are those in good physical and psychological condition, informed about the limitations of the surgery, free of known allergies to the implant material, and realistic in their expectations for the outcome. Chin implants are often recommended to patients undergoing nose surgery to achieve better facial balance. In patients forty to fifty years old, cheek implants can improve the mid-facial contour and restore sagging mid-facial soft tissues, thus postponing the need for a facelift.
How much downtime is required for this procedure? How long should I expect to be out from work?
You can expect to resume regular activities in about one to two weeks, although exercising should be reserved for after the third week. Most patients return to work within a week. The results are immediate and long lasting, although due to the swelling you may think that the implant is too big at first glance. Give your mind time to recognize the difference in swelling and augmentation. Most patients are very satisfied with the augmentation results once the swelling subsides one to one and halft of month.
A consultation with your Aesthetic Plastic surgeon at Aesthetics Medispa is the first step to learn how chin and cheek augmentation can improve the appearance of your face. This consultation Will fully educate you in a non-pressured environment and will include a discussion of your goals, options available for chin and cheek augmentation, likely outcomes, potential risks and Complications.
The results are immediate and long lasting, although due to the swelling you may think that the implant is too big at first glance. Give your mind time to recognize the difference in swelling and augmentation. Most patients are very satisfied with the augmentation results once the swelling subsides one to one and halft of month.
A facial implant can shift slightly out of alignment and a second operation may be necessary to replace it in its proper position. Infection can occur with any operation. If infection were to occur around a facial implant and did not clear up after treatment with antibiotics, the implant might have to be temporarily removed and replaced at a later time.
These surgeries are usually performed on an outpatient basis, allowing you to go home the same day. For one week, a limited diet is prescribed, after which patients may return to normal activities. The jaw is not wired, and only minimal dressings are used. Most patients return to work in minimum one weeks. Bruising and Swelling can last longer, and lip numbness may last three to six weeks.