Before chin implant and fat injections to cheek (and facelift)
6 months after chin implant and fat injections
The chin plays an important part in the overall balance of our facial features and in particular our profile. For example, a weak chin can make a normal nose appear large and an already prominent nose seem even larger. On the other hand, a prominent chin may give the appearance of having too small of a nose or otherwise throwing the face off balance.
The most commonly performed chin procedure (mentoplasty) in our practice is chin augmentation. We have been using silicone implants for over 20 years with little in the way of adverse effects. The procedure is relatively straight forward and produces immediate and effective results. The implant is placed via a small cut between the junction of the lower lip and the lower teeth and for that reason there is no visible scar. The main risks of the procedure are infection, implant malposition or extrusion.
The majority of our patients who end up with a chin augmentation present with concerns about their nose being too prominent. Most will have the procedure combined with a rhinoplasty but some will have the procedure in isolation (because they have an otherwise normal nose).
Prominent, full cheeks give us a youthful, healthy appearance. The ageing process results in loss of cheek volume (flattening) as well as descent (ptosis) of the cheek. This can make the face appear drawn and gaunt. It may give the appearance of heaviness in the lower face and an aged look.
Cheek augmentation can be achieved surgically or non surgically. For non surgical enhancement, we use fillers which are non permanent and these will give an instant correction which lasts 6-12 months. Surgical enhancement of the cheeks in our practice is achieved with autologous fat injection. It is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in our practice and is often performed in conjunction with other procedures (most commonly eyelid and facelift surgery). As mentioned elsewhere, some loss of fat cells can occur and the procedure may need to be repeated again at some point in the future.
TYPE OF ANAESTHETIC
LENGTH OF SURGERY
2 weeks off work
6 weeks before strenuous exercise