Chin And Cheek Implants Jacksonville
Along with the eyes, the cheekbones and jaw line are the most photogenic features of the face. Filmmakers have always favored actors with high cheekbones and a strong jaw line for the story’s leading roles. Today, chin and cheek implants allow a Florida plastic surgeon like Dr. Hardy to enhance your facial profile by improving the overall proportion and balance of your face. Cheek implants, also known as malar augmentation (high cheek) or submalar augmentation (low cheek), can add fullness and definition to your face. Dr. Hardy can discuss how to use permanent chin and cheek implants to rejuvenate your face for a more youthful profile.
Reasons for Considering a Chin and/or Cheek Implant:
- Recessed Chin – Extend or enlarge the chin if the chin is recessed or small.
- Poor Facial Distinction – Create facial profile with jaw, chin and cheek distinction.
- Facial Proportion – Bring the aspects of the face into balance.
- Hollow Cheeks – Round-out the sag in cheeks due to genetics or aging.
- Improve Facial Profile – Accent the upper cheeks for a higher and fuller appearance.
General Chin & Cheek Implant Procedure
Chin implant surgery may be performed along with nose surgery to restore balance to your face. During chin surgery, your Jacksonville plastic surgeon will insert a chin implant in front of the jawbone to augment the chin or jaw. A small incision is made inside the mouth to allow the implant to be positioned in a pocket just under the skin. An alternate location for this incision is just below the chin on the outside of the face.
Cheek implant surgery may be performed in conjunction with facelift surgery to enhance facial balance and add definition to the patient’s facial features. During cheek augmentation, your cosmetic surgeon makes incisions either inside the mouth, through the lower cheek, or directly below the bottom eyelid on the high cheek to insert the cheek implant.
The substance used for chin and cheek implants is made of a durable, solid material that will last a lifetime. Chin implant surgery or cheek implant surgery normally requires a cosmetic surgeon 30 minutes to one hour to perform.
Recovery from Chin & Cheek Implant
Immediately after chin or cheek surgery, your face will be fitted with bandages, taped, or otherwise secured to speed your recovery process and to control facial swelling. The post-operative instructions that Dr. Hardy’s team will give you calls for plenty of rest and limited movement during the healing process. Keeping your head elevated during the initial recovery phase is also important to facilitate optimum healing time.
Patients may experience some swelling and bruising of the face after chin or cheek surgery which can be eased by applying cold compresses. You may be required to follow a liquid diet for a few days, as chewing after chin and cheek surgery may be difficult. Some patients report minor pain associated with chin and cheek surgery, but most pain can be treated effectively with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can always minimize the potential for problems by carefully following the post-operative instructions as directed by their cosmetic plastic surgeon.