Chin: It is often necessary to enlarge the chinslightly to create an overall pleasing result. Ideally, the chin should come forward towards an imaginary perpendicular line which starts from the base of the nose, through the middle of the lower lip, and down to the bottom of the chin. If this is not the case, then the use of an implant to make the chin larger and to strengthen the profile is considered and discussed. There is a great variety of high-quality, medical-grade, plastic-type chin implants which are considered very safe. The body tolerates these extremely well. The benefits from this procedure can be very dramatic.
Surgery: The operation involves making a small cut in the natural crease line below the chin. The implant is then carefully positioned through this little incision. A small Band-Aid is placed over the incision itself, and no other bandage or dressing is needed. After the wound has healed, there will be a small scar where the incision was made. This is a very common spot for scars; probably one in three people has a scar in this area from a childhood injury.
Recovery: During the healing phase, there will be some swelling and occasionally some bruising around the chin area where the implant has been placed. Some numbness in the chin and lip area may be present as well, causing some discomfort and a strange feeling while eating and talking. This usually returns to normal within a few weeks following a surgery.
Cheeks: High strong cheek bones have always been a sought-after feature in Western civilization. High quality, medical grade, plastic type implants to increase the size of the cheekbone area are presently available. These come in various sizes and are fitted according to the need of the patient.
Surgery: The implant is placed along the cheekbone area through a small incision made inside the mouth above the upper teeth. The small incisions are stitched closed with dissolvable sutures. The operation is usually done under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation.
Recovery: After the surgery is complete, we recommend the placement of ice packs on the cheeks to help eliminate bruising and swelling. We also recommend that you sleep with your head elevated to help diminish the swelling. In spite of these precautions, almost everyone will be swollen in the cheek and jowl area for several days; however, after a week, most of the swelling will diminish and the new profile will be easily noticeable. There will be a postoperative check-up about a week or two following the surgery.