For centuries, well-defined facial features have been considered traits of physical beauty. Prominent cheek bones and a strong chin provide balance and definition. Possessing these features can even enhance your self-confidence. For those lacking these natural marks of distinction, make-up was their only alternative.
Thanks to modern technology, there is a safe and permanent method to correct a receding chin and provide those high cheekbones. Chin augmentation (mentoplasty) and cheek implants (malar augmention) will provide you with a more vibrant, rejuventated and youthful appearance. These procedures can also benefit those with asymmetries or congenital defects.
Reasons for Considering a Chin and/or Cheek Implants:
Both chin and cheek implantation procedures can be performed on an out-patient basis using general anesthesia. The implant shape is determined pre-operatively by Dr. Burnett during the consultation. There are several different shapes and sizes which may be utilized depending on the desired result. The implants are most often placed through a small incision in the mouth. An alternate location for this incision is below the chin (on the outside). With cheek augmentation, alternate locations for the incision would be through the lower cheek or directly below the bottom eyelid on the high cheek. The surgery for these procedures normally last from 30 minutes to one hour.
Following surgery, you can expect to experience some discomfort and swelling in the chin and jaw area for several days after your procedure. You will likely have some difficulty with smiling and talking, and it’s also common to feel a stretched or tight sensation. This is only temporary and should go away after a week. You may also experience some bruising around your chin and your neck.
If the incision was made in your mouth, you will probably have to follow a liquid and soft food diet for the first few days after surgery. While recovering from chin surgery is quick compared to other types of facial cosmetic surgery procedures, there will be some restrictions on your activities for a short period after your surgery. Normal activity usually can be resumed after about 10 days and rigorous activity after a few weeks.
Stitches that are placed in the mouth are often the dissolving kind, which will dissolve in ten days to two weeks. Non-dissolving sutures will be removed in one week at your postoperative appointment.
The substance used for chin and cheek implants is made of durable and non-toxic materials that will last for years. Once the healing process is completed the new implants should feel like a normal part of you. No one will be able to tell that there is an implant in place. The ultimate result will provide an enhanced facial contour and a more youthful appearance.