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Beverly Hills Chin and Cheek Augmentation
Chin and cheek augmentation is achieved by inserting facial implants into the desired area. Chin augmentation, also known as “genioplasty” or “mentoplasty,” improves the facial profile by increasing the chin’s projection. Cheek augmentation, or “malar augmentation,” provides a fuller, more sculpted look to the cheeks. Both of these procedures can enhance the overall appearance structure of the face.
Facial implants provide a permanent and predictable result while bringing the chin and/or cheek bones into balance with the rest of the face. Many who desire a more defined facial structure seek one or both of these surgeries.
The implants used for these procedures are made of either a solid or semi-solid material. Dr. Chiu will recommend which type of implant is best for you based on many factors, including your facial structure and proportions.
Ideal candidates for both chin and cheek augmentation are in good physical and psychological condition, understand the limitations of the surgery, have realistic expectations and goals, and are not allergic to the implant material.
Chin augmentation surgery is usually performed with general anesthesia. There are two approaches to increasing volume and adding contour to the chin. The first method involves an incision inside the mouth and requires moving the chin bone. The second, more common method involves inserting an implant. With this method, incisions are made inside the mouth or on the underside of the chin. The implant is inserted, and sutures are used to close the incision. The entire procedure can take from 30 minutes to one hour to complete.
Chin augmentation surgery is often paired with nose surgery, or “rhinoplasty,” to achieve a more harmonious appearance.
Cheek Implant Surgery
Cheek implants are most often used to restore sagging midfacial soft tissues, thus postponing the need for a facelift. However, this procedure can also be performed in conjunction with a facelift to better define the enhancement. When paired with a facelift, eyelid lift or forehead lift, the cheek implants can be inserted through incisions made for those procedures. Otherwise, incisions are made inside the upper lip or lower eyelid. This procedure is also usually performed under general anesthesia.
Depending on the patient’s overall medical condition following surgery, Dr. Chiu may recommend an overnight stay at an aftercare or hospital. You will experience some discomfort after surgery, and you may experience limited movement or difficulty smiling and talking. Swelling and bruising may also occur. Dr. Chiu will inform you of special dental hygiene instructions, diet restrictions, and any activity restrictions following surgery. Stitches used inside your mouth will usually dissolve within 10 days.
As with any cosmetic procedure, complications are always a possibility. A second operation may be necessary if a facial implant shifts slightly out of place. If infection occurs, the implant may have to be temporarily removed and replaced at a later time. Other less serious and less common risks can be associated with certain implants. Dr. Chiu will review the risks related to your particular procedure during an initial consultation.
Final results with chin or cheek augmentation may not be seen for several weeks, or perhaps months. However, you should see improvements gradually as you heal. Dr. Chiu specializes in natural-looking surgical results. Most people won’t notice you’ve had facial implant surgery – only that you look better!