Chin & Cheek Augmentation

Chin and cheek augmentation are surgical procedures that insert implants to permanently enhance the facial structure. Chin augmentation (“mentoplasty” or “genioplasty”) increases the projection of the chin, while cheek augmentation (“malar augmentation”) produces a fuller and more sculpted cheek appearance. These two procedures can significantly improve your profile and facial definition to enhance your attractiveness with permanent, predictable results.

Considering Chin & Cheek Augmentation?

Improve a Weak Profile

For many patients, when it comes to improving a weak profile, chin augmentation will remarkably improve the balance and projection of the chin in relation to the nose. A chin implant can create a more attractive profile so that your face looks naturally beautiful from all sides.

Define Flat Cheeks

Flat cheeks can be enhanced with cheek augmentation. Cheek implants can create more definition so that the face appears more balanced and attractive.

Enhance Facial Structure

Your cheeks and chin may seem ill-defined or lack the sharp contours that are seen in the most attractive faces. Facial implants for the chin and cheeks can create a more distinct, sculpted facial structure to enhance your appearance.

Permanent, Predictable Results

While facial fillers can be used to augment the face, their results are temporary and relatively unpredictable. Chin and cheek augmentation produce permanent and predictable results that can completely redefine your face shape.

Your Options

During your consultation, Dr. Chiu will analyze your goals, facial structure, and facial proportions. He will then recommend the appropriate implant type(s) and determine which techniques to use for your procedure(s). For each procedure, either a solid or semi-solid implant will be selected based on your facial structure and proportions.

Chin Augmentation

  • General anesthesia is applied
  • Typical procedure length is 30 minutes to one hour
  • In most cases, Dr. Chiu makes an incision inside the mouth or underneath the chin and inserts an implant in the appropriate location
    • In rare cases, Dr. Chiu makes an incision inside the mouth and moves the chin bone instead of inserting an implant
  • Sutures are used to close the incision

Cheek Augmentation

  • General anesthesia is applied
  • If combined with another facial procedure, Dr. Chiu uses the incisions used for the other procedure
  • If cheek augmentation is performed on its own, Dr. Chiu makes incisions in the upper lip or lower eyelids
  • Dr. Chiu inserts the implants through the incisions to augment the cheeks
  • Sutures are used to close the incisions

Recovery After Chin and Cheek Augmentation

  • Immediately After

    Depending on your medical condition after surgery, Dr. Chiu will either recommend an overnight stay or send you home to recover. Some discomfort, light bruising, and swelling are common and can be alleviated with cold packs and pain medications. Your face may feel tight and restricted. It is important to follow all dietary and activity restrictions as well as special dental hygiene instructions during your recovery.

  • 1 Week to 10 Days

    Any stitches in your mouth will dissolve. You may still have limited movement when smiling and talking, but most swelling and bruising should be resolved. You may be ready to return to work at this point.

  • 2 Weeks

    Most patients will be ready to resume normal work activities.

  • 1 to 2 Months

    Any numbness should be resolved, and the facial tissues should be adjusting well to the implant(s), allowing more freedom of movement. The results will become more noticeable, and your facial structure will be more defined and balanced.

Patient Testimonials

At Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Inc., Dr. Chiu can recommend the procedures that will help you achieve the results you want, based on your individual needs.


Before & After Photos

Chin & Cheek Before After
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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a good candidate for chin or cheek augmentation?

Good candidates for facial implants are in healthy physical and psychological condition. They must have realistic expectations and have no allergies to the implant material. Interested candidates should discuss their goals with Dr. Chiu in detail to determine whether chin augmentation, cheek augmentation, or another procedure or procedures would best accomplish their desires.

Are there any risks associated with chin and cheek augmentation?

Every cosmetic procedure carries with it some risks. If facial implants ever shift out of place, a second operation may be necessary. If an infection occurs, it may be necessary to remove and then later reinsert the implant(s). Allergic reactions and other uncommon risks may be associated with certain types of implants. Dr. Chiu will review these risks with you during your consultation.

Can I combine chin and cheek augmentation with other procedures?

If desired, chin and cheek augmentation can be performed together and/or with other procedures. Many candidates for chin augmentation also undergo rhinoplasty for further enhancement of their profile. Likewise, cheek augmentation can be paired with an eyelid lift, forehead lift, or facelift to enhance the appearance of the face.

Will I have scars?

In most cases, scarring will be inconspicuous or will be hidden inside the mouth, inside the eyelid, or behind the hairline. If an incision is made beneath the chin, the scar will be minor, inconspicuously located, and likely to fade with time.

How long will it take to see the results?

It may take several weeks or months to see the final results of chin and cheek augmentation. Results will improve gradually as you heal, revealing better facial contours.

What kind of results can I expect?

Dr. Chiu specializes in producing surgical results that look natural. Most people will not be able to tell that you’ve had surgery but will notice that you look better. Your results will show a more defined facial profile and an enhanced facial structure.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc.
A Medical Corporation

9454 Wilshire Boulevard
(Ground floor at S. Beverly Drive)
Beverly Hills, California 90212

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