Chin and Cheek Implants
Chin and cheek implants are solid materials that are inserted in the appropriate areas to enhance the natural shape of a patient’s face. Cheek implants can create higher cheekbones or fill out sunken cheek areas. Chin implants are usually requested by patients with what is called a “weak chin” – a chin that recedes or is not in proportion with the forehead. Prior to the surgery, you and your doctor will discuss at length what your desired outcome is.
Chin and cheek implants are performed under general anesthesia, so you will be asleep and pain-free during the procedure. For both procedures, incisions are often made inside of your mouth. The incisions are closed with either absorbable sutures or stitches that the doctor will remove a week or two after the surgery.
Immediately after surgery, bruising and swelling is normal and can be treated with cold compresses and in some cases over the counter pain relievers. Your doctor will advise you on these topics. Despite the swelling, you will most likely be able to notice some difference right away and as the swelling goes down, your new facial contours will be revealed.
Cheek and chin augmentation has historically been accomplished with implants. Most implants were made of solid silicone. There have been many complications secondary to facial implants, including nerve damage, the implant moving or even being pushed through the skin to different forms of infection. Another issue with cheek and chin augmentation using implants is the scar created to insert the implant. Although the scar is hidden, it is still a scar that was not there before the surgery. Cosmetically, a short coming of facial implants is the sizing and shape limitations. If after surgery the size is not desirable, it needs another surgery to rectify.
To address these concerns, facial fillers have made great progress. Facial fillers, including fat, can be used to augment the cheeks and chin. In fact, we now have semi-permanent fillers, that act as inject-able implants. With fillers, even smaller defects can be augmented, and when layered over time, a more natural augmentation can be attained.