Chin Augmentation (Mentoplasty)
A chin implant or mentoplasty is performed either to increase or decrease the size of the chin, and frequently accompanies rhinoplasty. The ideal chin projects to a point immediately below the lower lip.
When evaluating the face, the proportions of all facial features are considered. A large nose may appear larger because of a weak projection of the chin. It is often recommended that a rhinoplasty and chin augmentation be performed at the same time to achieve the most desirable effect – Balance.
Chin implants with a prejowl component may help improve the jawline by filling the transition zone between the chin and the jaw.
A silastic chin implant is inserted through an incision under the chin. Occasionally a suture is needed to hold the implant in place until the body’s tissue conforms to the implant in roughly 3 days.
Results will be apparent immediately following surgery, though swelling and bruising will subside gradually over the next two to three weeks.
Cheek Implants ( Malarplasty )
The three “landmarks” of the face are the chin, nose, and cheek areas. When one of these three is out of proportion, the face may appear unbalanced.
Strong cheekbones have always created an illusion of beauty. By increasing the definition of the face, the overall appearance is enhanced. Shallow cheekbones, resulting from heredity or the re-absorption of bone tissue occurs naturally as we age, creating a flat, hollow look. Early facial sagging is corrected with the implants, creating much the same effect as the facelift. Prominent cheekbones also enhance the appearance of the eyes.
Silastic cheek implant are inserted through an incision in the mouth under the lip on each side. These incisions inside the mouth are closed with dissolvable sutures. Results will be apparent immediately following surgery, though swelling and bruising will subside gradually over the next two to three weeks.
Dr. Agarwal discusses the rise in popularity of chin implant procedures with NBC News in Fort Myers. The chin implant and implant positioning are demonstrated, and one of Dr. Agarwal’s patient’s discusses his experience.
Cheek Implants and Endoscopic Brow Lift
Chin and Cheek Surgery FAQs
An individual consultation with one of our Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Agarwal, Dr. Maloney, or Dr. Ross, is the best way to determine which procedure is best suited to meet your goals. During this consultation, the surgeon will examine you, and computer imaging will be utilized to demonstrate proposed changes to you. Aesthetic ideals and facial proportions are analyzed to determine if an implant would benefit your face.
A deficient chin is readily apparent during adolescence. This can be addressed with a simple chin implant in the teenage years. In fact, it is the most common procedure we perform simultaneous with a Finesse Rhinoplasty on a teenager.
Our Plastic Surgeons use Silastic implants only.
Generally speaking, it takes about two weeks for most of the swelling to resolve. This can vary from individual to individual.
These are permanent implants that provide volume to the face for a lifetime. This is one of their greatest advantages.
Chin implants can be done with local anesthetic or twilight sedation. Twilight sedation is used most commonly, and for all cheek implant procedures in our practice. During this type of anesthesia, you will breathe on your own, but you will not remember anything. It is a quick acting type of anesthesia that also wears off quickly. Because you are breathing spontaneously, an endotracheal tube is usually not used.
The cheek implants are placed through an incision under each side of the upper lip. Chin implants may be placed either through a small incision under the chin or rarely, inside the lower lip. There are pros and cons to each approach.
Our plastic surgeons use fine, delicate sutures to close all incisions. The majority of these are dissolvable. The remaining sutures are removed about 7 days post-operatively.
Most procedures are performed at our state of the art AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) certified office surgical center. We maintain an impeccable operating room and suite, with utmost attention to your safety.
Our nurses at the Aesthetic Surgery Center will provide you with a comprehensive list of medications (both prescription and non-prescription) that are known to increase bleeding and affect wound healing after surgery. These should be stopped about 14 days pre-operatively.
Related Procedures: Facelift, Rhinoplasty, Revision Rhinoplasty, The UpLift Facelift, Endoscopic Mid Facelift Surgery, Eyelid Surgery, Eyebrow Transplant, Skin Cancer Reconstruction, Hair Transplant Surgery, Surgery of the Ears, Fat Transfer, Lip Augmentation, Endoscopic Eyebrow Lift, Scar Revision, Facial Trauma