When an Implant Is Right
Candidates for a cheek and/or chin implant will want to address a facial imbalance or lack of facial definition. Cheek implants may also be used to reduce signs of aging in the face. If the cheekbone area is flat or becoming hollow with age, implants may be used to provide greater contour and fullness. If the natural chin structure is minimal enough that the profile is undercut, an implant will give greater presence to the entire face.
What to Expect
During a chin implant procedure, Dr. Castellano will make a tiny incision to allow for insertion of the implant. The insertion and placement of the implant will take around half an hour from start to finish. This may vary, depending on whether any other procedures are being performed at the same time. Usually, chin implants are designed to wrap around the chin bone rather than just sit in front of it.
For a cheek implant, a small incision is made inside the mouth. The implant is then inserted and placed through this incision. Cheek implants will add definition to the face, as well as help in decreasing tissue laxity running between the corner of the mouth and the nose.
Recovery and Results
Swelling is common following chin implants and is often even more prominent after receiving cheek implants. Our Tampa patients often report that they feel a little stiff and sore after their procedure, and there may also be some visible bruising. Both swelling and bruising will dissipate with time, and the new profile of your face will be revealed.
It’s very important to keep the head elevated during recovery, even while you are sleeping. Surgery which requires internal stitches and incisions must be followed by a soft or liquid diet in order to avoid irritating the incision area. Antiseptic mouthwash may also be advised in order to prevent infection, as the interior of the mouth is notoriously difficult to keep clean.
With Other Procedures
Chin and cheek implants are not always performed together, although Dr. Castellano may recommend this option in some cases. Chin implants may be further enhanced through the use of liposuction to remove fatty deposits in the chin area that could disguise the existing jaw line and profile. For cheek implants, additional injectable fillers may be used in order to further sculpt the area. Either or both procedures may also be combined with other facial reconstruction procedures, such as rhinoplasty.