Enhance, augment, or balance the physical structure of your face.
Because well-defined facial features are a mark of physical beauty, enhancing the chin, cheeks and jawline can provide a more defined and attractive appearance. Facial implants can create remarkable changes by adding balance and definition to underdeveloped features. Manufactured from a variety of materials, facial implants are available to augment the cheeks, chin and jaw.
Chin Implants (Mentoplasty)
Chin implant surgery takes about an hour. During surgery, the implant (which is pre-selected according to size and shape) is inserted into a pocket that Dr. Dawes creates on the bone. Incisions can be made inside the mouth or in a crease under the chin. The chin may be taped after surgery to minimize swelling and sutures will remain for five to seven days. If an intra-oral incision is used, dissolving sutures will be used. Swelling and bruising may be visible around the chin and neck for about a week. During that time, you will experience some difficulty smiling and talking. Our office will give you instructions about dental hygiene and eating after surgery.
Cheek Implants (Malar Augmentation)
A patient may wish to have cheek implants to restore a more youthful appearance. In patients 40 – 50 years old, for instance, cheek implants can improve the contour of the mid-face and restore sagging tissues. Cheek implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. When cheek implants are inserted at the same time as another cosmetic procedure, the implants can be inserted through the incisions made for that procedure. Alternatively, an incision is made inside your upper lip, a pocket is formed and the implant is placed directly on or below the cheekbone. After your surgery, movement of your mouth and lips will be limited. Swelling and bruising typically last about a week.