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Chin & Cheek Implants

Chin Augmentation

The shape and prominence of the chin helps define the lower face. You may believe your chin is too pronounced or not prominent enough. If you have a receding chin or it seems like your lower face protrudes into your neckline without a natural break, you might want to speak to the surgeons of AAMG Plastic Surgery about chin augmentation. Chin implants can provide just the right amount of definition to the lower part of your face, providing a meaningful difference in your appearance and confidence. If your chin is too large for your face, it can be softened.

The Procedure

Chin surgery, also known as mentoplasty or genioplasty, can either add prominence to the chin (augmentation) or remove bone to soften a jutting chin. Chin augmentation is most commonly done by way of implants. Our surgeon makes an incision under the chin, and places the implant under the skin and over the lower bone. The surgeon may shave off some of the bone to help fit the implant in place, and uses sutures to attach the implant to the bone. The procedure is done under general anesthesia and typically takes about an hour to complete.

Many patients choose to combine a chin augmentation with other facial procedures, including cheek implants, eyebrow lifts or rhinoplasty. If you choose to undergo more than one procedure, they can be done in conjunction.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is recovery like? Chin augmentation is an outpatient procedure performed in our surgical center, and you leave on the same day you undergo surgery. Within the first few days, you should stick to soft foods, as swelling and discomfort in the chin may make it hard to chew. Swelling and discomfort gradually decrease as time passes, and the full recovery window usually lasts around four to six weeks.

Will there be scarring? Scarring following this procedure is minimal. The incision is made in a spot under the chin that is already barely visible, and when recovery is complete, the scars should disappear completely.

Cheek Augmentation

There is something about high, defined cheekbones that adds structure — and maybe even a little drama — to the face. If your cheekbones were never as prominent as you’d like, or if aging has left you with sagging, soft cheeks and a less well-defined face, cheek implants, or malar augmentation, can help you get the level of definition you’re looking for. Cheek augmentation has helped many achieve a more sculptural and refined facial structure.

Our highly trained surgeons can help you visualize how implants can improve your appearance in a way that is as subtle or dramatic as you desire.

The Procedure

After selecting the size and shape of implants suited to your underlying bone structure, our surgeon makes an incision inside the mouth where the inner cheek meets the top of the gums. Our surgeon inserts the implant (which is made of silicone or Gore-Tex), then closes the incision with absorbable or removable stitches. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes around one hour to complete.

As an alternative, you can choose a cheek lift, which is a different procedure that doesn’t use any foreign material. Either procedure can be done simultaneously with other facial surgeries, including rhinoplasty, an eyebrow lift or eyelid enhancement.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is recovery like? Cheek augmentation is an outpatient procedure, and you leave the surgery center on the same day. You should avoid food with sharp edges within the week following the surgery, in order to preserve the stitches in the upper lip. Swelling is expected after the surgery is complete and may last several months. You can return to work after around a week, and resume any vigorous activity or your exercise routine within three to four weeks.

How safe is this procedure? Cheek implants are safe. Nationally, the rejection rate for implantable materials is less than one percent, and our experienced surgeons use only those materials FDA approved for facial implantation.

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