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You may want to bring more balance to your face. You may want to give it a more youthful look without undergoing a full facelift. Or you may want to simply add some definition to your chin or cheeks. Facial implants are a popular choice for all of these reasons, and more.

What’s YOUnique about chin augmentation?

A chin augmentation, also known as mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reshape or enhance the size of the chin. It may be done either by inserting an implant or by moving or reshaping bones. Chin surgery helps provide a harmonious balance to your facial features so that you feel better about the way you look.

What is the procedure?

The chin augmentation operation is most frequently performed using light sleep anesthesia or, when combined with other procedures, general anesthesia is necessary. Patients usually sleep during the operation. Much of the time, patients have very little memory of the operation itself. After this state is achieved, medicines are given to produce numbness of the surgical area. This procedure takes from 1 to 1 1/2 hours to perform. Depending upon your facial structure, the incisions will be placed as inconspicuously as possible.

For chin implants, the incision can be either where the gums and lip/facial skin meet or under the chin. The risk of infection is higher if an incision is placed within the mouth area, although a strict post-operative oral hygiene regimen can decrease this risk. The implant is sized to fit the patient and is inserted through an incision under the chin or to either side of the mouth. New developments in implant technology called anatomical implants create balance and definition to the facial features while maintaining a natural look.

What are the risks and recovery time?

As with all surgical procedures, there are certain risks and side effects you should be aware of when considering chin augmentation. The most common post-surgical complications include infection and excessive bleeding. In some cases, the nerves are damaged during the surgery, causing long-term or even permanent facial numbness. In some cases, the final result is not symmetrical or the chin implant moves into a position which skews the jawline. Although these complications are rare, they do happen. This will be discussed with you in detail when you have your consultation for surgery.

You may experience moderate discomfort for the first few days to a week after your chin augmentation surgery. The area will be covered with a bandage, and your lower jaw will be tender, swollen, and bruised. Your ability to chew will be limited, so you will probably need to limit yourself to liquids and soft foods for a couple of days. Most patients report returning to work and normal activities within seven to 10 days. You may have some swelling for several weeks or even months. Because of this, the final result may not be seen for three to four months after the procedure is done. However, once you are healed and all is well, most chin implants are good for life.

What is cheek augmentation?

Cheek enhancement, or malar augmentation (with implants), is a surgical procedure commonly used to balance and harmonize your facial features by giving you fuller cheeks, lifting your face, and filling facial hollows. Volume is added to the cheek by effectively augmenting the bone structure of the cheek region, rejuvenating the contour of your mid-face, giving you a more youthful appearance.

The cheek enhancement procedure

Cheekbone enhancement is an outpatient procedure taking only 30 to 45 minutes to complete. The size and shape of your implants will be determined based on your desired outcome, as well as your particular anatomy. A local anesthetic is administered, and the cheek implants are inserted through small incisions made either at the gum line or the lower eyelid. After the implants are securely in place, the incisions are closed with a suture.

What are the risks and recovery time?

As with all surgical procedures, there are possible risks and complications associated with cheek implants. Complications are rare and usually minor. Risks include, but are not limited to, temporary or permanent loss of, or change in, sensation in the cheek; implant shifts, especially in the first few days after your surgery; infection; and hematoma.

It is normal to experience some swelling and redness immediately following your cheek implant surgery. Some people will experience slight bruising that will only last a couple of days. It will be difficult to chew for a few days, so you should restrict yourself to a liquid/soft food diet until the tenderness subsides. Most patients report returning to normal activities within 10 days of the procedure. After the healing is complete, the final results are expected to be permanent.

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