Cheek implants or cheek augmentation is a surgical procedure intended to create fuller, more prominent cheekbones. Cheek implants improve facial contours and add definition to the cheek area. With cheek augmentation, patients can treat the loss of elasticity within the cheeks and in turn enjoy a more youthful face.
What are the three general shapes of cheek implants?
Malar implants provide higher projection and are placed directly on the cheekbones. Submalar implants round out a sunken or gaunt appearance to provide fuller cheeks. Lastly, a combined implant augments both the cheeks and cheekbones.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Cheek Implants?
Patients who would like to get rid of the “flattened” appearance of the midface or the area between the upper lip and lower eyelid are the best candidates for cheek augmentation. Additionally, those who are interested in higher cheekbones or addressing a sunken appearance in the area between the cheek and lower eyelid would also benefit from cheek implants. Cheek augmentation candidates should be physically healthy and have realistic expectations of the procedure.
How to Prepare for Cheek Augmentation
Prior to the surgery, you will meet with Dr. Beaty to discuss the goals and expectations of cheek implants. About two weeks before the surgery, you will be instructed to discontinue taking anti-inflammatory supplements and medications. You will also be directed to refrain from alcohol one week prior to the procedure. In addition, smokers should stop smoking at least six weeks before undergoing cheek augmentation.
What to Expect During Cheek Augmentation
Dr. Beaty will make several small, hidden incisions inside of the mouth. The cheek implants are placed via this small incision, resulting in a fuller, more youthful appearance.
As an alternative to cheek implants, Dr. Beaty may also recommend an injectable filler to build up volume in the facial area. However, this technique does not provide permanent results, and will need to be repeated when the dermal filler naturally breaks down.
When Can Be Expected From the Recovery Process?
Recovering from cheek augmentation may include some swelling and discomfort as well as difficulty moving your lips and mouth for a few days. Following the procedure, Dr. Beaty will provide you with antibiotics and a mouth rinse. You will be advised to refrain from pressing your tongue into the upper gum area during recovery. Most cheek implant patients resume to normal activities within a few days to a week after the procedure.
What Type Of Results Will Cheek Augmentation Patients Enjoy?*
The permanent results of a cheek implant procedure will take several weeks to months to fully appear. Since the natural cheekbone becomes enmeshed with the implant material over time, the results are extremely natural looking.
Are Cheek Implants Removable?
Although most patients are pleased with the results of cheek augmentation, cheek implants can be removed if you decide that this surgery was not the right choice for you.
Chin augmentation, also known as chin implant, is a procedure intended to reshape the chin by moving the jawbone forward or enhancing it with an implant. Chin implants can modify the underlying structure of your face for improved facial harmony and balanced features. Chin augmentation can also correct the following concerns:
- Natural imbalances of the chin with the jawline
- Receding chins caused by genetics
- “Weak” chins due to excess fat tissue
- Shorter necks
Why does the chin play such an important role in an individual’s face?
The chin supports and frames the entire face. If a chin is too strong or too weak, the rest of an individual’s facial structure may appear disproportionate or out of balance.
Additionally, aging causes the tissues and muscles in the face to lose elasticity and volume. This can lead to a descending chin, which can be corrected through chin augmentation.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Chin Implants?
Individuals who would like to address a chin concern in order to balance their facial features are typically good candidates for chin augmentation. Chin implant candidates should also be non-smokers, free of serious medical conditions, and realistic about the outcome of the surgery.
How to Prepare for Chin Augmentation
Dr. Beaty will meet with patients for an initial chin implant consultation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to share and discuss your personal goals and expectation of the procedure.
Dr. Beaty will advise patients to avoid anti-inflammatory medicines, supplements, and vitamins that may thin the blood prior to the procedure. Patients should also refrain from smoking and alcohol usage in the week before the surgery. Any medications necessary following the procedure will be prescribed as well.
What Will Occur During Chin Implant Surgery
Dr. Beaty will make a small incision under the chin. A pocket that is large enough to hold the implant is made when tissue is lifted off the chinbone. The implant that is most proportional to your other facial features is then placed in the pocket, on top of the chinbone, and held in place with several small sutures. Additional sutures then close the incision.
When Can Be Expected From the Recovery Process?
After a chin implant procedure, patients may experience some bruising and swelling for the first few days. Discomfort from chin implants is minimal, and can be easily managed through pain medication and cold compresses. You should be able to resume to normal activities in approximately five days following the surgery.
Results From Chin Augmentation*
Patients who undergo a chin implant procedure can expect a more contoured chin. As long as patients avoid chin injuries and maintain a healthy weight, the results from chin augmentation will be permanent.
*individual results may vary
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