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Facial Implant Surgery: Chin and Cheek Augmentation

All through history, your face symbolizes beauty and strength. Chin and cheek augmentation is a part of facial implant surgery that contours your chin and cheeks, giving you the perfect jawline. Facial implants are specially formed solid materials compatible with human tissues that reconstruct, augments, and rejuvenates your facial contours. They are available in a wide range of sizes and styles and restore the desired contour and proportion to your face. These implants can be used to enhance your chin and jaw, to provide sculpted cheekbones that you’ve been longing for, and supplement the tear trough area.
The facial appearance is governed by three basic components: fat, skin, and the underlying facial bones. If the structure of your face doesn’t embrace the right proportions – if the chin is recessed, the jaw undefined, or flat cheeks, they can significantly affect your self-image and confidence. So, if a small chin, weak jaw, or lack of facial contour bothers you, a cheek or chin augmentation with facial implants may perfectly suit you. While any area of your face can be augmented with implants, your chin, cheekbones, and jaw are the most common sites for facial implants.

Cheek Augmentation:

To enrich the apples of your cheeks
Hollow or sunken cheeks can gift you an aged or elderly resemblance. Cheek augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure that gives you fuller cheeks and striking cheekbones that stand as a sign of youth and beauty. The process is designed to address the drooping of the cheekbone and ‘cheek pad’ which results in a “hollowed” appearance. A plastic surgeon places a solid implant over the cheekbone or injects a patient’s own fat or fillers like Restylane. Generally, an incision is made in the upper mouth near the top of the gum line and implants are slid into the required place. However, cheek augmentation is not designed to add volume to your cheekbones. In fact, it replaces the fullness that has been lost in that area owing to the aging process.

Chin Augmentation:

To restore overall harmony of the face
Everyone wishes a defined and chiseled chin. Chin augmentation is a facial plastic surgery that helps create a larger, more projected, or a carved chin in individuals who desire to define their facial features. The precise medical terms Genioplasty and Mentoplasty are used to refer to the addition and reduction of a material to the patient’s chin. This can take the configuration of chin rounding by osteotomy or chin height reduction. Chin implants are placed internally through the lower lip or externally under the chin improving the anterior, lateral, and downward projection of the chin. They aid the overall balance of the lower face by correcting deficiencies lying in the chin structure. This procedure is done on both- men and women and is tailored specifically to the patient’s needs.

Procedure:

The patient is made to sit supine (face-up) on the operating table and is administered by general anesthesia along with a local anesthetic. After this, surgical markings are drawn on the face to assist the implant placement and indicate the location of underlying structures to avoid any mishaps. A board-certified plastic surgeon makes a small incision near the area where the implant is to be placed. A pocket is made in the facial tissue to insert synthetic materials deep under the subcutaneous tissue and onto the underlying bone. The implants are gently inserted using a sterilized clamp and the incision is closed with sutures, bandages, or tape.

Advantages:

  • Augments facial asymmetry and deficiencies lying in the chin, cheek, and jaw.
  • Strengthens a weak or an underdeveloped chin.
  • Increases the height and width, giving you a chiseled chin.
  • Aids you with a sharp jawline.
  • Minimizes the appearance of double chin or jowls.
  • The procedures are relatively quick to perform and give permanent results.

Disadvantages:

  • There are chances of infection which could lead to implant removal.
  • Risk of postoperative minimal bleeding, infection or swelling.
  • Contouring abnormalities may occur due to uneven resorption or implant displacement.
January 26, 2021

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