Chin & Cheek Implant Frequently Asked Questions
1. Am I a good candidate for Chin & Cheek Implant?
There are several reasons you may consider chin and cheek implants.
- Young patients who have inherited a deficient cheek structure.
- Old patients with signs of aging in their cheeks.
- Hollow and aged appearance in the lower face and under the eyes.
- Patients who have gone through facial trauma and need cheek or chin reconstruction.
- Recessive chin.
Chin and cheek implants can also be combined with other procedures such as a facelift. Candidates should be in overall good health with realistic goals for the procedure. These procedures can bring the volume you desire back to your face.
2. What are the risks and possible complications associated with my procedure?
Facial implants are safe and are made from either non-toxic silicone or non-toxic expanded polytetrafluorethylene (ePTFE).
Movement of the implant or shifting of implant out of alignment
Implants may shift to a new place and a second operation may be necessary to reposition and correct the unwanted movement.
Some people will reject an implant and classify it as a foreign object. The immune system will react and you will need to have these implants removed.
This is one of the rare complications and is a result of the tightening of the scar tissue surrounding the implant. If it becomes painful or if the contracture alters the shape of your face then further surgery will be needed. We will usually recommend anti-inflammatory medications that can soften the firmness.
Patients may experience diminished sensitivity in their cheeks but this should return to normal after three months or more.
It is possible that cheeks will heal unevenly. If the unevenness or asymmetry is too noticeable then the patient might need to go through another surgery.
3. How can I expect to look over time? What results are reasonable for me?
You are going to feel tired and sore for a few days. There will be bruising and swelling as well. This is natural since all surgeries involve bruising and swelling of some kind. You can alleviate this pain using the prescription medication that Dr. Hsu will prescribe for you. You must also attend all follow-up visits in order to check on your progress.
4. How long of a recovery period can I expect?
You will experience swelling and bruising for the first two weeks after the surgery, but this will eventually subside. There will also be numbness when you talk, yawn, eat, and do anything that involves your jaw. The sutures in your mouth or eyes will dissolve within two weeks time. If you need your sutures removed then Dr. Hsu will remove them after ten days.
After a week from surgery, most people are already able to go back to work. We usually advise you to take up to two weeks off from work. You will also be advised to follow a soft food diet and avoid strenuous exercise for the next six weeks. You will have to avoid any situation that involves facial contact for two months.
5. Where and how will you perform my procedure or treatment?
Both chin and cheek implants are composed of silicone and are a permanent solution, while injectables are temporary and must be repeated over and over again.
If your chin is too recessive it can be built out. During augmentation, Dr. Hsu will use a shaped implant to define the jaw. This implant is placed under the skin through an incision that is made from inside the mouth or below the chin. When the implant is made, the incision is closed using fine sutures. If the incision is made inside the mouth then there will be no visible scar.
Cheek augmentations using implants are performed most commonly through an incision made in the lower eyelid while you are under general anesthesia. If you are undergoing multiple facial procedures, alternate incisions can be made within the hairline. Your incisions will be closed with sutures.