Personal beauty emanates from all of a person’s facial features working together harmoniously and in balance with each other.
Receding chins and sunken cheeks are two traits that can throw off that balance. A “weak” chin may draw more attention to the nose or make the neckline appear shorter. Flat or sunken cheeks may make a person look less youthful and energetic.
To help achieve a more harmonious appearance, many plastic surgery patients opt for facial implants to their chin and/or cheeks.
Who May Consider Chin Augmentation?
- You may consider this procedure if you have a receding chin, or if you would like your chin to be reshaped.
- Dr. Goldman may suggest a chin implant in combination with Rhinoplasty (surgery of the nose), to give more balance to the face and make the nose appear less conspicuous.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
The patient usually receives local anesthesia along with mild sedation. In some cases general anesthesia is administered.
- Dr. Goldman will make a small incision inside of the mouth, where the gum and lower lip meet, or under the chin. Dr. Goldman then gently stretches the tissue around the incision to make a space for the chosen implant, which is placed in the chin area to give it the desired profile and shape. The procedure usually takes between 30 minutes to one hour to complete.
- The incision area will be closed with tiny sutures and Dr. Goldman will apply a dressing that will need to remain in place for two to three days.
- There will be no visible scarring when the incision is made inside the mouth and minimal scarring when the incision is under the chin.
- Mild tenderness should be expected, and rarely, bruising may occur. Prescribed medications can control postoperative discomfort.
- The stitches will be removed or dissolve on their own in five to seven days.
- You can chew immediately after surgery, and are usually under no dietary restrictions. Rinsing the mouth after meals with water or a saline solution is recommended for the first week.You can return to work and normal activity within one week, although rigorous activity should be avoided for several weeks.
- Most swelling subsides within the first two to six weeks.
Who Should Consider Cheek Implants?
- Patients may select cheek implants to correct sunken features or to accentuate their cheekbones, giving a more angular, dramatic and youthful appearance to the face.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
- The patient will receive either a combination of local anesthesia and moderate sedation, or general anesthesia.
- There are two main types of cheek implant procedures. Malar/cheek implants are used to accentuate the cheekbones, while submalar implants give a fuller look to the area between the cheekbones and the nasolabial folds—the tissue between the corners of the nose and the corners of the mouth. These two procedures may be combined.
- Both types of implants are placed through small incisions in the mouth.
What is Recovery Like?
- For several days your cheeks will be stiff, sore and slightly swollen. You may also experience a temporary loss of sensation.
- Dr. Goldman may require you to wear a special bandage at night for a few weeks to keep the implants in the right location through the healing process.
- You will need to take precautions, such as frequent use of mouthwash, to prevent infections of the incision inside your mouth.
- You will have to avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks.