CHIN AND CHEEK IMPLANTS
All faces have a degree of asymmetry. Facial asymmetry can result from congenital (since birth) or traumatic causes. The use of facial implants can have a dramatic effect on the contour and symmetry of the face, helping to accentuate desired features. This can transform the face and help regain facial harmony.
TYPES OF CHEEK AND CHIN IMPLANTS
Cheek and chin implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Composed of a solid silicone material, the implant is chosen according to your aesthetic goals as well as the unique shape, proportions, and contour of your facial features. Ultimately, Dr. Shadfar can help you determine the most ideal implant dimensions to strengthen your facial structure and fulfill your reasons for surgery.
Cheek implants can be used to add definition and the fullness characteristic of youth to areas of the mid-face that may appear sunken or hollow. They typically create a more pronounced look in the cheekbones for an improved facial contour. Depending on your cosmetic goals, the procedure can add youthful roundness to the mid-face, increase the projection of the cheekbones, or simply add volume to flat or recessed cheeks. The implant is inserted through an incision made either inside the mouth or through the lower eyelid. With each approach, external incision marks can be virtually undetectable or hidden altogether.
Chin implants can provide a stronger jawline contour and facial profile for individuals affected by a weak or unpronounced chin. The procedure is often used to increase the projection of a recessed chin for a more symmetrical and balanced facial appearance. Chin implants can also be utilized to offset the look of a pronounced nose. Once the most optimal implant size and shape is selected, the implant is inserted through an incision made either inside the mouth or on the underside of the chin. Each location is discreet and allows for minimal visible scarring, if any.
THE TECHNIQUE OF CHEEK AND CHIN AUGMENTATION
There are several types of implants, and the approaches associated with each can vary. Most implants can be placed under local anesthesia, sedation, or a general anesthetic. The placement of implants often complements other procedures, including rhinoplasty, facelift or neck liposuction, and can be performed simultaneously.
The following day, Dr. Shadfar—our facial plastic surgeon in Oklahoma City—will see the patient in clinic and check all incisions as well as go over all wound care measures dependent on the approach taken. Patients should expect swelling following placement of facial implants, which resolves after the first week. Patients usually have minimal downtime of one week before returning to work, and we ask those patients traveling from out of town to stay for routine checks during this time period.
NON-SURGICAL CHIN AND CHEEK AUGMENTATION
There are alternatives to the surgical placement of facial implants for patients desiring minimally invasive enhancement. Dr. Shadfar offers many non-surgical dermal filler treatments to augment the facial features without the excessive recovery time associated with major surgeries. These timely in-office procedures can provide subtle additions of volume to the cheeks, chin, jawline, under-eye hollows, temples, or other areas, while also filling in prominent creases, wrinkles, and facial lines.
Dermal filler injections performed at the Aesthetic Institute of Oklahoma can be an excellent way to add volume and contour to the facial features for natural-looking results lasting anywhere from 6 to 18 months before touch-up treatments are necessary. Each state-of-the-art dermal filler, which includes products in the JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® family, has an advanced formulation optimized to treat the targeted area of concern. The process involves meticulous injection of the chosen filler until the desired contour is achieved. If you are interested in non-surgical facial augmentation, please inquire with Dr. Shadfar about your options.