When you think about the harmonious appearance of someone’s face you realize that the face is not a one dimensional structure. When you think about lifting the face, it involves moving it in one direction. Then we talk about adding volume too which is another dimension and often times we use this with cheek implants or chin implants. Implantation to the skeletal frame of the face. This gives the second dimension to the face meaning the rounding of the cheeks or the rounding of the face adding structure to the lower area of the face.
What type of implants do we use here at Premier Image? They are made out of a soft, rubber like silastic material which truly conforms to the underlying bony structures in the face. This implant surgery is often performed under a local anesthetic with a little oral sedation. On average, the surgery only takes about thirty minutes to an hour to complete.
How do we get to these areas? How do you put cheek implants in without seeing them? They a placed with tiny, small incisions underneath the upper lip inside the mouth. That gives us access to the cheekbone area. Same thing with the chin augmentation. We make a small incision underneath the chin and then we can slip the implant in, giving a beautiful structure to this area. Often times we use chin augmentation with rhinoplasty because the chin and the nose are like first cousins, one affects the other. If someone has a large nose, we have to make sure the chin is in the right proportion so that it looks correct from the profile view.
Same thing with the cheeks, if someone has shallow cheeks or very low cheekbones in this area, these areas act as the hangers for the face. We like to have nice prominence of the cheek area when thinking about rejuvenating the lower part of the face because this is where the rest of the face hangs off of. We always take this into account when we’re looking at the two dimensional structures of the face and how we can build the aesthetic appearance that you are looking for.
The implants may be inserted in conjunction with other procedures, such as a facelift, or they may be inserted as a separate procedure. Some bruising and swelling may occur after chin and cheek enhancement, and patients may experience some difficulty with facial movements like talking and smiling. Restrictions may need to be placed on your diet. Discomfort can occur during the first few days, but you will be prescribed medication that can help to control this. Most patients find that they are well enough to return to work about one week after their chin and/or cheek enhancement procedure.