Cheek augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure that seeks to improve the overall appearance of the chin. The most common cheek augmentation technique is to insert implants into the cheeks in order to give the cheeks more volume and increase cheekbone definition.
Why chin implants?
The chin is an incredibly important aspect of the face in terms of its overall aesthetics. Having a nicely sized and shaped chin is a good base to create good proportions for the rest of your features. Other than the size and shape, having a well-defined and sharp jawline is very desirable for both men and women. Those who have smaller chin bones will want to improve it in order to obtain a better facial structure and proportions.
If your chin is too small, it can create the appearance of your nose appearing out of proportion. Hence, many patients opt for a combination treatment of chin augmentation as well as rhinoplasty for a facial restructuring that gives optimal results.
A weak chin can also expose other aesthetic weaknesses in a patient, especially around their neck areas. This might reveal the appearance of a shorter neck and giving the highly displeasing look of having a double chin. Through augmentation of the chin, these weaknesses can be concealed. Oftentimes, chin augmentation may be combined procedures to the neck to further improve on the final results.
Different types of chin augmentations
There are a variety of surgical and non-surgical options that work for chin augmentation.
The experience of getting a chin augmentation procedure done at The Clifford Surgery
You will undergo a thorough consultation with our surgeon so as to better understand your needs and expectations for the chin augmentation procedure. Your facial features will be assessed and a treatment protocol will be tailored for your features and facial structure. Your surgeon will commonly recommend that you opt for either one or multiple facial surgeries, using a combination approach to accomplish optimal results.
Chin filler procedures are done under local anaesthesia. Injection points will be designated on your face by the surgeon. After the HA fillers are injected into your skin, the doctor will massage your skin to allow the fillers to naturally distribute under your tissue layer. The entire procedure usually takes around 45 minutes to an hour.
Chin implants may be conducted under local or general anaesthesia, depending on the patient’s condition and needs. Either an internal or external incision point will be chosen – the surgeon will either make the incision in front of the lower gums or from behind the chin on the lower jaw. The silicone implants are then carefully inserted and reshaped to fit your jaw shape. The incisions will be closed with biocompatible absorbable sutures.
This surgery is more major and has to be done under general anaesthesia. Our surgeon will make an incision from below the lower gums and cut your chin bone horizontally, detaching it from the rest of the jaw and soft tissue. Depending on whether your chin needs to be enhanced or reduced, the surgeon will either reattach it with a slight gap (enhancement) or shave it down (reduction). For some patients, there might be a metal plate that has to be inserted in order to make sure the bone remains in the right place. The incision is then sewn shut with biocompatible absorbable sutures.
Possible risks and complications
As with all plastic surgery procedures, chin implants have some potential risks and complications.
Most, if not all of these can be avoided with good surgery technique. Be sure to consult a experienced, skilled and reputable plastic surgeon for your chin implants.
With the exception of chin fillers, which last for around 6 to 12 months, the results from chin implants and sliding genioplasty are permanent.
Chin augmentation procedures usually takes about 30 to 90 min to complete, depending on the complexity of the operation.
As the surgeries are either conducted under local or general anaesthesia, you will not feel any pain or major discomfort during them.
After the surgery, the treatment area will likely feel sore and have a little bit of swelling, but this will heal over a few days. You will be given painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication to address this.
Chin augmentation surgeries are considered safe and has a low risk of complications arising. In rare cases, there is the chance of the following complications arising:
- Infection of the incision site
- Fillers not spreading correctly
- Nerve damage leading to numbness
- Post-surgical asymmetry
Through proper post-care and having an experienced surgeon, the chance of these complications arising can be greatly mitigated.
In terms of dietary concerns, you are highly recommended to not eat spicy foods that could irritate the wound and your gums. It is also good to avoid any sports or activities that might cause trauma to your chin area during the healing process in order to avoid the chin not healing properly.
For patients that choose to undergo sliding genioplasty, you might need to consume only softer foods like porridge for a few days while your jawbone heals up.