Chin & Cheek Implants

Cheek Implants

Facial beauty is associated with attractive anatomic contours and balance. Harmony between the chin and other facial features is key to a pleasing appearance for both men and women. Because, prominent cheekbones have become a trademark of beauty and youth in our culture, people who have flat cheekbones or a thin face opt for cheek augmentation.

Who is a Candidate?

  • Those that have lost weight or aged, and as a result have hollow or sagging cheeks may also want to fill in this area
  • Essentially, cheek augmentation adds definition and balance to the face and in so doing provides a more youthful appearance
  • There are many different materials you can choose to fill your cheeks, ranging from semi-liquid to solid

Intended results

Cheek augmentation adds definition and balance to the face and in so doing provides a more youthful appearance.

Procedure Description

Whether you choose to have dermal fillers, or your own fat injected into your cheeks, or a solid implant surgically placed into the cheek area will determine the length of time this procedure takes. Non-surgical treatments usually take about half an hour to an hour. The surgical placement of implants can take up to two hours.

  • Surgery is performed in a hospital or approved clinic under anaesthesia
  • Injectables can be done in a clinic after taking some light pain medication
  • Should you elect to have implants surgically placed into your cheek area, incisions are made either at the hairline, below the lower eyelids or in the mouth on the upper lip crease. The implant is then sewn into place with small sutures that dissolve over time
  • For cheek augmentation using your own fatty tissue, there will be no scar on the face. If you had an implant surgery, then the scar will be 3.5cm long inside the mouth, with no external scar. The sutures are dissolvable and do not need removal

Recuperation and Healing (For surgical implant)

  • You will go home on the same day
  • We will be advised not to have warm fluids or hot meals for 24 hours
  • Swelling lasts 10 days. You can reduce swelling through constant head elevation
  • The surgeon may ask you to do a salt rinse several times a day
  • You will need to keep your face still for at least a week following the surgery
  • After this first week you can gradually and gently begin to move your face, getting you back to work and regular activities
  • You will require rest for 2-3 days followed by light duties for one week (avoid strenuous exercises for 6 weeks)
  • Back to normal activities in 10 days time

Non-Surgical Option

  • 1-Soft touch treatment: using injectable fillers, hylorunic acid and/or collagen (such as Restylane®, Juvaderm™, Perlane®, Voluma or SubQ etc…), injected with a fine needle in the office with or without local anaesthetics. This will offer you instant results that last for at lease 6 months
  • Certain New Fillers can have an effect that lasts for up to 18 months
  • After several months, the effects start to wear off and you will require top up injections generally every 3-6 months. We recommend treatment every three months for the first year, and then repeat treatment as needed
  • This treatment is provided at the same day of consultation in the office and may require local anaesthetics. You may develop some bruising for 48 hours

Other Options

Cheek augmentation is often performed in conjunction with other surgical procedures for the face, such as chin augmentation and eye, brow or a face lift. If you are considering facial surgery and the recovery time that goes with it, it is worth considering a combination of procedures to reshape your face.

Chin Augmentation

This is a surgical procedure where implants are inserted under the skin to increase the size of the chin. Chin augmentation, performed by a skilled, talented and experienced plastic surgeon, can be one of the most rewarding procedures.

Who is a Candidate?

  • People are born with small or asymmetrical chins which can make the face look unbalanced

Intended Results

  • This surgery can dramatically alter the profile of the face and balance out larger features
  • People who are unhappy with the size and shape of their chin and the balance of their face often elect to have this surgery
  • Only people free of bone disease are candidates for this procedure

Procedure Description

The traditional method of performing chin surgery is to make an incision in the crease under the chin or inside the mouth where the gum meets the lower lip. With gentle stretching of this tissue, your surgeon can make a space big enough to insert an implant or remove bone.

  • An incision hidden just beneath the chin is used to insert an extended, tapered silicone chin implant. The most commonly used implant is made of solid silicone, manufactured to be hard or soft depending on where it’s going to be used in the body. Another option is to use polytetrafluoroethylene, which is made of GoreTex, to allow existing tissue to ‘grow’ onto the implant. The ePTFE implant is much stronger and more solid than silicone
  • This implant quickly adheres to the jawbone which looks and feels like a real chin
  • It can take as little as 20 minutes or up to two hours depending on the procedure
  • A chin augmentation and the procedure can be done under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or under general anaesthetic
  • There is very little pain
  • Sutures are removed within five days. Swelling and discoloration subside within several days. Patients can return to normal activities in three to four days and exercise in 10 to 14 days

Recuperation and Healing

  • Your surgeon may have given you specific post-operative instructions, such as icing the area to decrease inflammation
  • Sleeping with your head elevated for 1 to 2 weeks following the surgery. Observing these instructions will improve your outcome
  • Swelling and bruising are common after surgery, but should start to disappear after a week
  • Itching is also common, as nerve endings are inevitably cut. The itching will disappear as the nerves heal
  • Scars are hidden either under the chin or in the mouth, and are not visible at all. Whether or not you can see them, be sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions on scar healing treatments. The scars can take up to a year to completely resolve
  • You will experience some tightness in your chin when your face moves. This should subside after about a month
  • You can expect to be back to work and most normal activities in about two weeks. More strenuous activity, such as exercise, is possible after about 3 weeks following surgery

Other Options

Chin augmentation can be done by itself to build out a weak chin, or in conjunction with other procedures to balance the face. Rhinoplasty to correct the shape of the nose, or procedures to improve the jaw and neckline, such as liposuction of the neck or face lift, can enhance the results of chin augmentation.

Approximate Costs

$6,000 – $9,000 per procedure

Note

The specific risks and suitability of this procedure for a given individual can only be fully determined at the time of consultation with your cosmetic surgeon. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications which do not affect the overall cosmetic results occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.