Chin augmentation is a relatively simple outpatient surgery that is often times used in conjunction with rhinoplasty and face/neck lifting procedures to enhance aesthetic outcomes and provide better facial balance. Dr. Roy utilizes Silicone implants for this purpose due to their very natural feel, reassuring safety profile and ease of placing/removing.
Dr. Roy uses similar implants in the cheek for patients with less than ideal bone structure in the face. Patients who have good underlying bone structure but who are experiencing facial aging/soft tissue volume loss may benefit from facelift and/or facial lipocontouring using a facial fat transfer.
Chin augmentation generally takes about 1 hour to perform, and is done under local anesthetic with or without oral/IV sedation. Dr. Roy utilizes a small incision under the chin for insertion of the implant, which is made of an FDA-approved Silicone material that is both safe and also easily removed or replaced if desired. Through this approach, Dr. Roy has found lesser incidence of implant migration and less contamination of the wound compared to the intra-oral (through the mouth) approach.
The cheek implant procedure typically takes 2 hours to perform and can also be performed under local anesthetic with or without oral/IV sedation. Dr. Roy creates a small incision on the inside of each cheek to insert the implants, which are placed into a pocket located within the targeted area of the cheek. The implants are safely secured to maintain correct position, and the incisions are closed with absorbable sutures.
A head and chin compression dressing is applied overnight which is removed the next day at home. Mild swelling and bruising can be present for 7-10 days after surgery. Sutures are removed approximately 1 week post-op and most patients are relatively social at that point. Low impact activities can be resumed after 2 weeks, with high impact activities acceptable at 3 weeks.
Cheek augmentation recovery takes approximately two weeks. Patients may experience some initial swelling and bruising on the cheeks and under the eyes, which gradually improves over 1-2 weeks. Head elevation and cold compresses minimize potential swelling. Patients frequently feel well enough to return to work within 1 week. Strenuous exercise should be postponed for 2-3 weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Chin Augmentation/Chin Implant?
Chin augmentation is a common facial plastic surgery procedure which can improve the appearance of the chin, neck and/or jaw-line. A chin implant can create a better balance in the face and build up a receding/weak chin. Chin augmentation may be completed alone or it may be combined with another procedure, such as a facelift, neck liposuction, neck lift or rhinoplasty.
2. What is Cheek Augmentation?
Cheek augmentation is a facial plastic surgery procedure which can improve the appearance of a weak cheekbone structure. Implants are generally indicated when bone structure is deficient, whereas facial fat transfer is more appropriate for soft tissue loss from aging.
3. Where are Chin and Cheek Augmentation procedures performed?
Chin and cheek augmentations are typically performed as outpatient procedures in the office but can also be performed at the hospital or outpatient surgical center if combined with other procedures.
4. What type of anesthesia is used for Chin and Cheek Augmentation?
Both chin and cheek augmentation procedures are generally performed with local anesthetic with or without oral/IV sedation.
5. What is recovery like after Chin and Cheek Augmentation?
The recovery after chin and cheek augmentation procedures is generally 1-2 weeks, although minor swelling may persist for several more weeks. Patients will likely experience bruising and swelling as well as tightness of the face when talking, smiling and moving the lips, for example. There is generally very little pain/discomfort associated with these procedures.
6. Will I have scars after Chin or Cheek Augmentation?
Chin augmentation requires a small incision under the chin that generally heals beautifully, resulting in a very fine, practically imperceptible scar. The incisions for a cheek augmentation procedure is on the inside of the mouth so not visible externally.
7. How do I know if I am a good candidate for Chin or Cheek Augmentation?
Candidates for Chin or Cheek Augmentation are in good physical health and have realistic surgical expectations. During your consultation, Dr. Roy will use 3D digital imaging to show expected results to demonstrate if Chin or Cheek Augmentation is right for you.