Cheeks, Chin and Jaw
Facial implants can create remarkable changes by adding balance and definition to underdeveloped features.Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rick Rosen performs facial plastic surgery for patients in Fairfield County, Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Darien, New Canaan, New Haven, Fairfield, Stamford, Greenwich, Bridgeport, and Westchester County.
Manufactured from a variety of materials, facial implants are available to augment the cheeks, chin and jaw. Many implants are made from silicone. There is no current scientific evidence to suggest that silicone implants are harmful.
If an incision is to be made inside your mouth, it is important that you inform Dr. Rosen if you smoke or if you have dental or gum problems. If you do, you may be instructed to take oral antibiotics before and after surgery to protect you from infection.
Though facial implant surgery may require only local anesthetic, more often, general anesthesia is recommended.
In most cases, facial plastic surgery is performed on an outpatient basis through an overnight stay may be necessary if other procedures are performed at the same time.
Chin Implants (Mentoplasty)
Dr. Rosen may recommend chin augmentation surgery in addition to nasal surgery when it is clear that a chin implant will add to your facial balance and harmony.
Frequently, for instance, a chin implant will be used together with rhinoplasty in a teenage patient whose face lacks the right proportion.
Chin implant surgery takes about an hour. During surgery, the implant (which is pre-selected according to size and shape) is inserted into a pocket that Dr. Rosen creates on the bone. Incisions can be made inside the mouth or in a crease under the chin.
The chin may be taped after surgery to minimize swelling and sutures will remain for five to seven days. If an intra-oral incision is used, dissolving sutures will be used.
Swelling and bruising may be visible around the chin and neck for about a week. During that time, you will experience some difficulty smiling and talking. Our office will give you instructions about dental hygiene and eating after facial plastic surgery.
Cheek Implants (Malar Augmentation)
A patient may wish to have cheek implants to restore a more youthful appearance. In patients 40 – 50 years old, for instance, cheek implants can improve the contour of the mid-face and restore sagging tissues.
Cheek implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be custom-fitted for a more natural look.
Cheek implant surgery usually takes less than an hour. When cheek implants are inserted at the same time as another cosmetic procedure, the implants can be inserted through the incisions made for that procedure.
Alternately, an incision is made inside your upper lip, a pocket is formed and the implant is placed directly on or below the cheekbone.
After your facial plastic surgery, movement of your mouth and lips will be limited. Swelling and bruising last about a week. The sutures that are used close the incision inside your mouth will dissolve in about 10 days.
Jaw implants are placed directly on the jawbone to create a stronger, squarer, more defined jawline.
Insertion of jaw implants takes one to two hours. Incisions are made inside the lower lip and a pocket is created into which the jaw implant is inserted. Dissolving sutures are used.
After your surgery, movement of your mouth and lips may be limited and you will have dietary restrictions.
Swelling can be significant following jaw implant surgery. While most swelling will subside in the first week, you may experience mild swelling over several months.
Problems rarely occur after facial plastic surgery, but you need to be informed about such possibilities.
Implants sometimes shift slightly out of position necessitating a second surgery.
If infection happens and does not respond to antibiotics, the implant might have to be temporarily removed and replaced in another surgery
Dr. Rosen will discuss the risks associated with the implant surgery during your consultation.
For more information about plastic surgeon Rick Rosen or our plastic surgery procedures, including facial implant surgery, please e-mail or call our Connecticut plastic surgery staff at 203-899-0000. With our plastic surgery office located in Norwalk, Connecticut, we serve facial plastic surgery patients in Fairfield County, Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Darien, New Canaan, New Haven, Fairfield, Stamford, Greenwich, Bridgeport, and Westchester County.
Frequently Asked Questions
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About Facial Implants
Where on my face can I get facial implants?
The most common locations for facial implants are the chin and cheek bone areas followed by the nose.
What type of implants are used?
There are multiple different types of implants, but silicone implants are the most commonly used facial implants.
Why would I get a facial implant?
Individuals with smaller chins, and people with thin faces without definition to the cheek area are the most common patients. Small chins make the nasal area look larger, therefore it is quite common for the plastic surgeon to bring out that finding at the consultation for a rhinoplasty that the patient should consider a chin augmentation. The same idea applies to an individual who wants a facelift for aging, and does not have the definition in the cheek bone area or wants more definition to his or her jaw line.
What is the recovery for facial implants like?
Usually, recover is well tolerated. A 5 day period is commonly sufficient depending on what other procedure is performed at the same time.