Chin & Cheek Augmentation
Distinct facial contouring has long been considered an essential element in maintaining the balance and definition of your face. It’s no secret that the presence of a strong chin and prominent cheekbones help create aesthetically pleasing facial proportions and restore self-confidence.
Thanks to advances in modern technology, it’s simple for individuals to permanently balance facial features using chin and cheek augmentation. Cosmetic facial implants are specially formed out of biocompatible materials, ensuring that patients safely receive a desirable outcome. The experienced team at Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery will work with patients to create a natural physical appearance that meets their needs.
What Are Chin Implants?
Chin implants are small, solid devices that reshape a patient’s facial structure. Surgeons strategically insert these implants to enhance the prominence of the chin.
Chin augmentation, also known as genioplasty, is the best permanent option for restoring facial balance. Implants are typically made of silicone to carefully wrap around the contours of the existing bone structure of the chin. When inserted under the skin, these implants create a natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing result.
Benefits of Chin Augmentation
Chin enhancement surgery is a popular option to create a more defined chin contour and boost confidence. Many people do not develop a prominent chin and desire safe and effective solutions. Chin implants, constructed using a safe and pliable material, come in a range of shapes to fit everyone’s facial structure.
Along with defining an essential aspect of the face, chin augmentation produces permanent results. Once fully healed, chin implants feel natural and cannot be distinguished from the rest of the face.
What to Expect With Chin Implants
Before surgery, there will be an initial consultation to determine your medical history and any surgical risks. Dr. Marashi and Dr. Coviak is an expert in the structure of the face and jaw and will work closely with you to develop the best treatment plan. In some cases, cosmetic implants alone cannot correct a recessive chin and orthognathic surgery is performed.
During chin enhancement surgery, you will be placed under anesthesia to reduce any discomfort. Chin implants can usually be placed in a single surgical procedure. A very small incision is made beneath the chin or inside the mouth where the gum and lower lip meet. This placement ensures an aesthetically pleasing outcome. After the implant is correctly inserted, the surgeon will use small sutures to close the incision.
What Are Cheek Implants?
Cheek augmentation uses solid implants that are compatible with human tissues. These silicone devices add volume to recessed areas to enhance the facial structure. The size and shape of your implants will depend on your current facial structure and the outcome you hope to achieve.
Surgeons insert these beneath the skin in a procedure known as cheek augmentation. By lifting the cheeks, implants increase the projection of the cheekbones.
Benefits of Cheek Augmentation
Prominent cheekbones create dynamic facial contours and add definition to the face. When cheekbones properly frame the eyes, one can achieve a more balanced and strong appearance.
In addition, cheek augmentation can help to combat the natural changes in the face that are associated with aging. Cheek implants are also a popular choice among victims of facial trauma and those suffering from congenital defects which create an unbalanced facial structure.
Cheek implants require minimal maintenance, and the effects can last a lifetime. If the outcome is unsatisfactory, the implants can be adjusted or removed according to the patient’s desires.
What to Expect With Cheek Implants
Prior to surgery, Dr. Marashi and Dr. Coviak will examine your facial structure and recommend a treatment plan that will create the most aesthetically pleasing outcome.
Many cheek implants can be placed in a single outpatient procedure. In addition, all incisions will be made within the mouth to ensure that you achieve the desired effect without visible scarring. The procedure typically takes around an hour and requires anesthesia.
Occasionally, more than one surgical procedure is required to achieve a more balanced profile. It is not uncommon for patients who receive chin or cheek implants to also invest in another cosmetic surgery.
Risks of Chin and Cheek Implants
Although chin and cheek augmentation have few risks associated with them, some complications are possible. Possible side-effects to facial implants will be discussed prior to your operation and include:
If you have any questions or concerns, they will be addressed in the consultation appointment or prior to surgery. The risks of surgery can be reduced by choosing a skilled facial surgeon with years of experience, such as Dr. Marashi and Dr. Coviak.
Chin and Cheek Augmentation Recovery
After chin or cheek enhancement surgery, bandages may be placed on the wounds to support healing. Both procedures have a short recovery time and patients can resume normal activities after a week. Your doctor will provide instructions on how to care for surgical sites, discuss potential side-effects, and prescribe necessary medication.
Patients may notice some inflammation, tenderness, redness, or minor bruising around their incision sites. Others may feel a stretched sensation in their cheeks or chin. These side-effects are normal and should go away after a week. Limiting chewing can help relieve discomfort in the face or jaw.
After a month, the swelling should be gone, and the results of the procedure can be seen. There will be a follow-up appointment to make sure the incisions are healing. Your doctor will also check that the implants are in place.
Cost of Chin and Cheek Implants
The average cost of chin and cheek implants can start at $2,500 and $3,000 respectively. This price does not include anesthesia or operating room expenses. In addition, this figure can vary depending on a patient’s medical history, insurance coverage, and any related procedures.
The staff at Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery is committed to assisting patients through every step of the process. The initial consultation will provide an estimated cost based on your personalized treatment plan. The team will discuss financial planning options and find a solution that works for you.
Why Choose Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery
At Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery, our surgeons can successfully treat underlying foundational issues as well as cosmetic conditions, because of their expertise with the facial aesthetics and surgery. Whether you are seeking a more youthful appearance or want to balance facial structure, Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery has a treatment that aligns with your needs.Along with years of experience with chin and cheek augmentation in Charlotte, our team is dedicated to quality care. We take the time to walk through all aspects of surgery to offer patients peace of mind. Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery is proud to offer cosmetic services in Pineville, Steele Creek, and Gastonia to best serve our patients in the Charlotte area.
Chin and Cheek Augmentation FAQs
How Long Do Chin Implants Last?
Chin implants and their effects on facial structure can last for a lifetime. The silicone material is made to last and does not degrade over time. Although varying factors such as aging and recovery can affect the implant, your doctor will assess whether they need to be adjusted. Chin augmentation patients will have follow-up appointments to assess placement and healing. While implants can last a long time, they can also be removed if desired with another surgery.
How Painful Are Chin Implants?
Although some discomfort is normal, minimal pain is associated with chin implants. Light swelling is also normal at the surgical sites after chin augmentation. The doctor will recommend a cold compress, a diet of soft foods, and pain medication to manage any discomfort. These side-effects should subside after a couple of weeks.
What’s the Difference Between Cheek Implants and Fillers?
Cheek implants are solid devices that are surgically placed under the skin while fillers use a gel that is injected into the face. Both change the patient’s appearance safely to provide a fuller and more balanced face structure. Implants are a popular choice for patients who want to permanently improve facial structure. However, not every patient can comfortably undergo cosmetic surgery. Cheek fillers are common in older patients or for those who cannot undergo elective procedures due to pre-existing issues. Unlike cheek implants, fillers only last for a couple of years.
How Long Do Cheek Implants Last?
Cheek implants and their impact on facial structure can last for the rest of the patient’s life. The silicone devices are designed so that you can enjoy the effects permanently. Unlike other options, there is no need for a repeat procedure after cheek enhancement surgery. In addition, the implant is relatively easy to remove if the results are not satisfactory.