Cheek and Chin Implants
Genetically, some of us possess bony deficiencies around the face. These deficiencies can especially be seen at the cheeks or chin areas where the facial skeleton did not adequately grow. In other cases, as a result of the aging process, soft tissues of the face have descended due to gravity, causing the “flattened cheekbone” look, or the “retruded chin” look. Both of these conditions can be treated very well with cheek or chin implants. The cheeks or chin are augmented with sterile implants which do not overly exaggerate the deficiency, but augment the areas just enough to provide aesthetically pleasing definition.
Additional photos of Dr. Kim’s patients showing before their procedures and the results 6 weeks after their procedures can be viewed in the Cheek and Chin Photo Gallery. Please click on this Cheek and Chin Photo Gallery link to be directed to the Gallery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the incisions made? Incisions for cheek implants are in the mouth, so there is no concern over facial scarring. Incision for a chin implant is in a natural crease under the chin, camouflaged very well.
How long is the procedure? The cheek and chin augmentation procedure will be done in the office operatory located in the 7155 Turner Road office. Surgery time is approximately two (2) hours for cheek implants and one (1) hour for chin implant.
Is this procedure done with local anesthesia? In some cases the cheek and chin implant procedures can be done with local anesthesia, but typically intravenous sedation is utilized.
What can be expected after the procedure? There will be bruising and swelling that will last 1-2 weeks. The pain from the procedure last two (2) to seven (7) days. For additional information for after the procedure please view Post Operative Instructions in the Surgical Instruction section of this website.
How long will I need to alter my normal routine? You have just undergone a surgical procedure. You will need to restrict your normal actives, exercise regimens and any activity involving heavy lifting or straining for a period of time. It is acceptable to do some light walking 72 hours after your surgery. Jogging and light non-contact exercise should not be resumed until at least three (3) weeks after surgery. Strenuous sports will require at least six (6) weeks of recovery time before they can be safely resumed.
How about driving? You will need someone to drive you home from the surgical procedure. You will also need to refrain from driving as long as you are taking prescription pain killers.