Chin implants can help bring definition to the middle and lower portions of the face. Chin implants can strengthen a person’s jaw and can bring balance and harmony to the face. If the patient is bothered by the appearance of hollow cheeks, the surgeon may recommend cheek augmentation surgery, which usually involves cheek implants. The procedure may be combined together with other facial surgeries such as facelift, rhinoplasty or brow lift, or may be performed as a standalone procedure.
Chin augmentation can be performed under local anesthesia and mild sedation. Chin implants are inserted through an incision inside the mouth or under the chin. The incision is then closed with dissolvable stitches. Facial implants are placed through inconspicuous incisions so no scarring is visible.
In case the cheek augmentation surgery is performed alone, the surgeon will make small incisions in the mouth or below the lower eyelids to insert the cheek implants. However, if the procedure is performed in conjunction with facelift or other surgeries, the cheek implants can be inserted through the incisions placed for those procedures. The implants are positioned into tiny pockets created by the surgeon in the cheek tissue.
The incisions will be closed with sutures. If dissolvable sutures are placed in the mouth, they may dissolve in about a week. In case non-dissolvable sutures are used outside the mouth, the surgeon will remove them in about similar time. Post-op cheek augmentation complications may include infection. This risk is higher if the incisions have been placed in the mouth. The surgeon will mitigate the risk with antibiotic treatment.
Post-surgery cheek implants complications may include infection, which is usually treatable with antibiotics. Misplacement of a cheek implant can result in shifting that causes asymmetry, sometimes necessitating a second procedure to realign the implant. If you are considering cheek implants and you’d like to reduce the chance of post-surgical complications, the best course of action is to take care when choosing a plastic surgeon.
After the chin augmentation procedure, patients will experience some mild swelling and bruising, which usually subsides in one to two weeks. At this point individuals can resume normal, light activities, but should avoid strenuous activities, such as contact sports, for several weeks.
With advanced cosmetic surgery techniques such as facial implants, it is possible to achieve enhancement of facial areas such as chin or cheeks to make them more proportionate to the rest of the face.
*Results and patient experience may vary.