Many women use makeup contouring to achieve the perfect high cheek bone, enhance features, or add structure to their overall look. Cheek and chin augmentation are often used to enhance weak facial structure due to genetics or age.
Cheek augmentation is achieved by placing an implant directly above the cheek bone. This specific placement holds the implant in position and stops it from moving. A variety of sizes exists to fit the specific needs of each patient. The goal of cheek implants is to create a beautiful and natural contour while enhancing definition. Three different kinds of cheek implants are available. Submalar implants are for the hollow space underneath the check bone while malar shells reach the entire check area. A hybrid of these two options is also available.
Cheek implants are placed by making a small incision inside of the mouth and below the top lip. The area is then washed with an antibiotic after which the implant is positioned. Cheek augmentation can also be accomplished by using dermal fillers like Perlane. These fillers will enhance areas where volume has decreased. It is important to know that dermal fillers are a temporary fix while implants are permanent.
If you want to enhance a weak chin, a chin implant can provide more definition, or your surgeon can remove and rearrange chin tissue to diminish a pointy chin. A chin augmentation procedure involves an incision beneath the chin or inside of the mouth through which an implant is placed. Dermal fillers like Restylane or Perlane can also be used to augment the chin, but they are temporary. Dermal fillers can last about one year before the injection is fully absorbed by the body. If you choose this route, you may need to get injections every year to maintain the desired results.
After surgery, it is normal to experience swelling and bruising for up to ten days. The recovery is quick and patients will generally get back to their normal routine within one week. As with any surgery, there are risks involved. Possible complications include infection, implant misplacement, or a poor reaction to anesthesia.
At Plastic Surgery Specialists of New Jersey, we look forward to helping you achieve your desired look. Schedule a consultation today to determine if a cheek or chin augmentation is the right fit for you. Call us today at (201) 664-8000.