Cheek/Chin Augmentation Paramus, NJ

Cheek/chin augmentation in Paramus NJ

Cheek/Chin Augmentation

Although people don’t give these areas of the face much thought, the cheeks and the chin can impact how a person’s face is perceived. To correct a weak chin or cheeks that have become less prominent with age (or due to congenital poor definition), patients opt to have Dr. Ferraro perform cheek and/or chin augmentation. In both procedures, silicone implants or dermal fillers are used to better define these areas of the face.

What is cheek augmentation?

Dr. Ferraro places cheek implants in spaces created immediately above the bone, not in the loose tissue. This keeps the implant from shifting. A wide variety of implant sizes and shapes are available. The goal is to create the most natural contour, while still building definition.

There are three types of cheek implants. Malar shells cover the entire cheekbone area. Submalar implants fill the hollow beneath the cheekbone. A third option combines both styles into a hybrid implant.

Dermal fillers such as Perlane can also be used for cheek augmentation, replacing lost volume. Unlike implants, however, dermal fillers are a temporary solution that must be repeated periodically to maintain the defined look.

Who is a good candidate for cheek augmentation?

Usually patients interested in cheek augmentation either have shallow cheeks from birth or are older patients who have lost volume in the cheek area with the process of natural aging.

How are cheek implants positioned?

In cheek augmentation surgery, Dr. Ferraro makes an incision inside the mouth below the upper lip. Then he creates space for the implant next to the bone. After washing the space with antibiotic, the implant is positioned. If overall skin laxity in the area is a problem, many patients combine cheek augmentation with a mid-facelift.

What is chin augmentation?

Chin augmentation uses chin implants to increase the projection of a weak chin, or it can involve the removal and repositioning of chin tissue to decrease an overly pointy chin.

Who is a good candidate for chin augmentation?

Patients who have weak chins, asymmetric chins, or those with sagging skin in the area are all good candidates for chin augmentation.

How is chin augmentation done?

Chin implants can be inserted through an incision inside the mouth or under the chin. The procedure may involve repositioning the chin bones to change the patient’s profile and chin projection.

Dermal fillers such as Perlane and Restylane can also be used for chin augmentation. These allow a patient to basically “demo” a new chin without lasting changes. This is because dermal fillers only last for up to a year before the body absorbs the filler, requiring another injection session to maintain results. Plus, most fillers can be instantly reversed with the injection of enzymes.*

*Disclaimer: Results and patient experience may vary

How is recovery for chin or cheek augmentation?

Cheek augmentation involves more bruising and swelling than chin augmentation. This should mostly pass in 10 days or so. Chin augmentation also involves bruising and some minimal swelling, but it is a simple recovery and patients can return to day-to-day activities and work in around a week.

What are the risks?

Although all surgery carries certain risks, with both augmentations, there are very few complications associated. These are limited to adverse reactions to anesthesia, infection, and misplacement of the implant or injection.

Cheek Implant Alternatives

There is another option for cheek implants that requires no surgical operation, which is through injection. These are much less invasive but also less durable solutions. Either self-donated body fat or a hyaluronic acid is injected by the doctor in a method that allows it to sit on top of the bone, enlarging its prominence. Both of these materials are eventually reabsorbed into the body over time, usually around six months.*

*Disclaimer: Results and patient experience may vary

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