Cheek & Chin Implants - Process and Procedure

The Process

Facial implants are most commonly used to augment the cheeks and chin, although in rare cases, other areas can also be augmented. Today's facial implants are solid materials, and are not broken down or degraded by the body. Some implants allow the body's own tissue to grow into the implant. Recently, biologic materials have been introduced to fill in soft tissue creases and folds. Facial implantation is an excellent method to enhance the face, whether alone or in conjunction with other facial procedures.

The Procedure

Chin augmentation with an implant is a safe and effective procedure that can rapidly improve the definition of the chin and neckline. The implant is placed through a small incision on the inside of the lower lip or through an incision under the chin (the same incision used for liposuction of the neck). A chin implant is often an excellent addition to facelift surgery to enhance the neckline. Also, a weak chin makes a prominent nose seem larger, and rhinoplasty together with chin augmentation is an excellent combination.

Cheek implants are inserted through either an incision under the upper lip or through the lower eyelid. Augmenting the cheekbone can change the facial profile from a longer, oval shape to a more diamond or triangular shape. Cheek implantation can be performed at the same time as facelift, rhinoplasty or blepharoplasty.