cosmetic surgery

Facial Implants

Implants in the cheeks and chin add improved definition to facial features.

Facial Implants

Facial harmony is one of the most important goals in helping our patients look their best. Facial implants in the cheek and/or chin offer men and women the option to create stronger definition in the face. This procedure can be performed for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes. The cheeks and jaw line can both be enhanced through facial implants, ensuring that balance is restored among all facial features.

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Contact us online today to learn more about your options for facial implants in the cheek or chin. The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps men and women from Austin, Round Rock and throughout Texas. Count on our team to help restore function and appearance through a wide range of cosmetic procedures.

Benefits of Cheek or Chin Implants

Ensuring a balanced facial structure is an important aspect of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Facial implants can be used through the jaw line, chin and cheekbones to enhance facial definition. It’s common to perform facial implant surgery in combination with other procedures. For example, a chin implant may be combined with rhinoplasty, so a weak chin is built up to complement a more prominent nose shape. This allows your surgeon to perform a more conservative, subtle rhinoplasty while still meeting your appearance goals.

Facial implants can also be incorporated with a cosmetic facelift and other rejuvenation procedures to help patients look younger. In some cases, augmenting the cheekbones helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Other procedures may be included to help men and women look younger as well. For example, in addition to cheek implants, a chemical peel removes dull skin cells for a refreshed look again. You can work with your surgeon to design a treatment plan that addresses all your appearance goals, including both surgical and nonsurgical procedures.

Facial implants are also commonly used in facial reconstructive surgery to repair significant bone damage and restore symmetry. Bone loss following an accident or facial tumor removal requires implants to rebuild structure again. In some cases, cheek or chin implants may be used in addition to injectable fillers for even more comprehensive results. Soft tissue reconstruction using tissue or skin grafts may also be incorporated for more extensive repairs.

Understanding the Procedure

Cheek implants are placed internally through the upper lip. This approach does not leave any external scars. The implant is positioned over the cheekbone into a surgical pocket that holds it in place. Alternatively, cheek implants can be placed externally through the lower eyelid. In this case, incisions are strategically hidden within the natural folds of the skin.

Chin implants can also be placed either internally or externally. Internally, the implants are placed into a surgical pocket through the lower lip. Externally, the incisions are made under the chin. Internal incisions are closed with dissolving sutures, while external incisions are removed in a week or so.

Recovery and Results

Some soreness and swelling occurs initially after surgery. However, healing after placing cheek or chin implants tends to be rapid. The recovery time depends on whether additional procedures were included at the same time as the implants, with a more complex surgery taking longer to heal. Additionally, if implants were used for reconstructive surgery, there are other factors that affect total recovery time. Most patients return to work about a week or two after their cosmetic facial implant surgery.

Facial implants from the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas add definition to the face for cosmetic reasons. Implants can also be used for physical reconstruction. After surgery, patients see improved facial contours, and a greater harmony among the facial features.