Chin and Cheek Implants Boston MA
Chin and cheek implants are an excellent means of enhancing the facial profile Chin implants (mentoplasty) function to shape and contour the symmetry of the face. Cheek implants (malarplasty), otherwise known as malar (high cheek) or submalar (low cheek) augmentation, can add fullness and definition to the face. Chin surgery is commonly performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty (nose surgery). Cheek surgery is often performed along with a facelift procedure.
Reasons for Considering a Chin and/or Cheek Implant
- Extend or augment the chin
- Improve definition of facial profile
- Bring the face into proportion
- Round out the cheeks if they are hollow
- Accentuate the upper cheeks providing a higher and fuller appearance
To augment the chin, an implant is inserted in front of the jawbone. An incision is made either inside the mouth or below the chin on the outside to allow the implant to be positioned in a pocket just under the skin. In cheek augmentation, incisions are made either through the lower cheek, inside the mouth or below the bottom eyelid. Both these procedures typically last 30 minutes to one hour.
Immediately following surgery, the face will be dressed using tape or bandages in order to minimize swelling. It is advised that the patient rest following surgery in to accelerate the healing process and reduce recovery time. The head should be kept elevated during the initial recovery phase. Patients may report pain following surgery which can be treated with oral medication. Any swelling or bruising of the face can be addressed using cold compresses. Although the occurrence of complications is rare, patients can reduce the risk of developing potential problems by carefully following the post-operative instructions.