Chin and cheek implants are used to create symmetry among your facial features. It helps to bring balance and proportion to your facial features. The procedure may be done separately or as a part of the other facial contouring surgeries such as neck lift, facelift, cosmetic nose surgery, or other procedures.
Chin and cheek implants are suitable for people who have a weak and receding chin. It is the best option for people who want to make it more projecting and improve their jawline. Chin and cheek implants also help to enhance the fullness of your cheeks. It is suitable for people who want to improve the contour and proportion of facial structures. This surgery is also the best option for people who want to correct facial symmetry or deformities that may occur due to injury or congenital problems.
When considering chin and cheek implants you must look for a certified, trained, and experienced cosmetic surgeon having specialization in this particular field. You can choose CARE Hospitals for this procedure as the hospital has a team of highly experienced and trained cosmetic surgeons who perform simple to complicated surgeries without giving much pain and discomfort to the patient.
Chin surgery also known as mentoplasty is done to reshape the chin by using an implant. It is done by cutting the boney chin and moving it forward or by reducing the chin bone. Similarly, cheek implants are used to improve the shape and appearance of the cheeks.
Who is a good candidate for chin and cheek implants?
Chin and cheek implants are not suitable for everyone. The surgeon will decide if you can go for this type of surgery or not. You can be a good candidate for chin and cheek implants if you have the following features:
Your facial bones have reached the physical maturity that normally occurs in late adolescence
People who worry about a small chin, weak jaw, and improper facial contour
People who experience overall good health and do not suffer from any other medical conditions
People who have specific goals in mind for their chin or cheek implants
Preparation for surgery
If you have already planned for a chin or cheek implant, you have to fix an appointment with a surgeon. Your surgeon will take your medical history and will ask you to get some lab tests done before surgery. If you are taking any medications, you must inform your doctor because he may stop some of your medications a few days before surgery. If you are taking any herbal supplements you must tell your doctor because you may have to stop them before surgery. Your first consultation with the surgeon will help you to understand your cosmetic goals. The surgeon will give you complete information about the procedure. He will also explain to you the risks and benefits of the surgery that will help you to make your decision.
During the surgery
Chin and cheek implant surgery is generally performed in an outpatient department by giving local anesthesia.
Cheek implants: The doctor will mark the site where the implant has to be placed to avoid injury to the delicate nerves and underlying structures. The surgeon will make an incision inside your mouth or along the lower eyelid where the implant has to be inserted. If any other cosmetic procedure is done at the same time, the implant may be inserted through the same incision. It may take an hour to perform the surgery.
Chin implants: For chin implants, the incision is made either along the lower lip inside the mouth or just below the chin area. The implant is inserted in a pocket in front of the jawbone. The implant is inserted slowly using a sterilized clamp. The incision is closed using sutures and a bandage is applied. It may take 30-60 minutes to perform the complete procedure.
After the surgery
You can go back home on the same day after the surgery. You must bring someone to drive you back home and if you live alone someone must be available for one night to take care of. The doctor will also give you further instructions to take off your wound for quick healing. You must follow the instructions given by the doctor to see the best results.
You may have to eat a liquid diet for a few days as solid food will affect the stitches and can cause infection
The oral cavity is the most commonplace for bacterial infection; therefore your doctor will give you antibiotics and antiseptic mouthwash for preventing infection.
Avoid doing any strenuous work but you can start doing your normal routine tasks
You may have to stay home at least for a week after surgery
Risks associated with chin and cheek implants
Every surgery has some risks. The risks associated with the chin and cheek implants are given here:
Infection inside the mouth
Swelling and bruising at the site of incision
Excess bleeding from the incision
Side effects that may occur due to anesthesia
Facial nerve injury may occur that may cause loss of sensation
Firmness around the implant and pressure on the surrounding areas
You may have difficulty eating for a few days.
Stitches may be removed after a few days and the stitches inside your mouth will dissolve on their own.
Discoloration of the skin
Results after surgery
You may see the results immediately after a chin or cheek implant. Swelling may reduce after a week. The doctor will advise you to use cold compresses. You may feel the firmness and bruising around the chin that will be reduced by the application of cold compresses. It may take time to see the final results from the chin and cheek implants. You may have to visit your doctor a few times for follow-up consultations with your doctor. Your doctor can show you before and after photographs to see the results. In most cases, results are beneficial as the person can feel confident and happy. Chin and cheek implants also help to improve the overall facial expressions that help people to live with confidence.
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