Chin/Cheek Implants

Chin and cheek implants are facial implants which may be used to improve facial balance and harmony, enhance facial highlights, add definition to the face or correct natural insufficiencies. The surgery can create more prominent cheek bones and a better defined chin.

THE CHIN & CHEEK PROCEDURE

Dr. O’Mara performs chin and cheek augmentation procedures at an outpatient surgery center using either IV sedation or general anesthesia. Chin implant procedures typically take thirty minutes to complete while cheek augmentation takes approximately one hour. For cheek augmentation, the incisions are typically intraoral, located inside of the mouth below the cheek. For chin augmentation, a small skin incision is made just beneath the chin. Working through these incisions, Dr. O’Mara will create precise pockets over the mandible and/or cheekbones, then place the implants into these pockets.

CHIN & CHEEK IMPLANTS

Dr. O’Mara prefers to use silastic implants which are placed adjacent to the mandible or cheekbone to enhance a weak chin or cheek. This is an ideal procedure for individuals who are looking to improve a flat appearance to the cheeks or a small chin. While facial implant procedures may be performed as an isolated surgery, chin augmentation is often combined with other procedures such as a lower facelift or rhinoplasty.

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CHIN & CHEEK RECOVERY

Recovery after cheek and chin augmentation Beaumont Texas takes approximately one to two weeks. During this time, patients may experience some mild discomfort as well as bruising and swelling. Non-dissolvable stitches are removed after one week. Most non-physical work can be resumed after one week and more strenuous activities and exercise after three weeks.

FAQ

I’m considering a chin implant and would like to know what my options are for the implants themselves and what they’re made of.

Chin augmentation can be achieved by placing an implant or by advancing a segment of mandibular bone forward. A variety of implants are available for use, but I use a preformed implant made of silicone. It is placed next to the bony surface of the mandible through a small incision under the chin.

I’ve heard that cheek implants increase the projection of the cheekbones. I have really round cheeks, so I’m confused as to how adding volume to them can make my cheekbones more prominent. How does this work?

In general, patients receiving cheek implants have weak malar eminences, or cheekbones, resulting in mid-face flattening from an oblique view of the face. If your cheeks are very rounded, a cheek implant may not be recommended. Cheek implants are positioned over the majority of the surface area of the natural cheekbone resulting in a fuller more prominent mid-face.

As a professional boxer, it is a given that I will be hit in the face. If I get a chin implant, is there a risk of them breaking by getting punched?

As a professional boxer, I would council you to avoid facial cosmetic procedures until you have retired from boxing! Nevertheless, the chin implant I use is a soft silastic material that is placed into a pocket directly overlying the mandible. A hard punch could possibly split the implant, resulting in a palpable crease, but I have not seen this in my practice.

I’m 40, female, and I just got cheek implants a couple of months ago. I love them, but recently I heard that as you age and lose fat in your face, your implants can make you look harsh and manly. Is this true?

Preformed cheek implants fitted correctly to the patient should continue to look natural as the patient ages. However, in my opinion, cheek implants placed too high can sometimes be more masculine in an older individual. If loss of fat is an issue, fat injection or injection of a synthetic filler can work well in the cheek.

Can I get chin and cheek implants at the same time?

In my experience, patients have received either a chin implant or cheek implants at the time of surgery, but not both. They could be done at the same time if indicated.

I have really bad acne scars on my cheeks and on the sides of my chin. Can laser resurfacing help to smooth out my acne scarring?

Laser resurfacing is my treatment of choice for acne scarring.  I use a CO2 laser to accomplish this.  You would be a good candidate as long as your acne is no longer active.  Dermabrasion is another option for skin resurfacing, but I prefer the CO2 laser.  The most important factor in deciding to have this procedure is the healing period.  It takes several weeks for your skin to heal, and you will need to avoid direct sun exposure.  I tell my patients to plan at least 3-4 weeks “down time”.

I am in my mid-20s and have been exercising vigorously for over a year now. I have lost weight but cannot seem to lose my small double chin. Am I a good candidate for neck liposuction?

Many people have that “family trait” which gives them the fullness under the chin, despite working hard at losing it with exercise.  Since you are at a young age, your skin should respond very well to submental liposuction and retract upward to better shape your neck after that procedure.  I would consider you a good candidate if it is a distinct concern for you.

As I’ve hit my 40s, I’m starting to notice bags under my eyes that makes it look like I’ve got dark shadows there. What can be done about it?

As one ages, the soft tissue of the face starts to sag and also lose its thickness of the layer of fat under the skin.  With the lower eyelid and cheek, there can develop a separation between the cheek fat due to sagging, and prominence of the lower eyelid fat, leaving a groove between the eyelid and cheek.  A non-surgical way of addressing this is with an injectable filler that can fill in the gap between your lower lid and cheek.  This can work very well in experienced hands.  A more definitive way is with lower eyelid surgery and/or a mid-face lift.

My chin is really small and I’d like an implant to make me look more prominent. Is this procedure painful? How long does it take to heal?

Chin implants can be done under general anesthesia or IV sedation.  The pain at the implant site can be moderate in the first 24 hours but usually quickly subsides after the first day.  Many patients do not require much pain medication after that.  Sutures are removed from the incision after one week, and most of the swelling will subside in approximately 3 weeks.

I had a skin cancer lesion removed from my cheek with Mohs surgery and it left a big scar that’s impossible to hide. Is there any way to make it less conspicuous?

If your Mohs reconstruction was performed over a year ago, giving time for the scar to mature, scar revision could be considered.  Other options for visible scars include dermabrasion, laser treatments and sometimes an injectable filler for depressed scars.  A thorough evaluation would be required to make that determination.