Cheek and chin surgery
Cheek augmentation surgery removes the flat appearance of the facial features due to a lack of projection of the malar bone.
This is accomplished by introducing a silicone prosthesis or other material that is adapted to the surface of the cheek bone.
Typically, the incision is in the mouth, so that the internal scar is not visible. The surgeon inserts the prosthesis through the gap created to the cavity of the malar bone.
Usually performed in the operating room under local anesthesia and sedation. The procedure usually takes about 45 minutes.
Postoperatively, there will be some swelling or edema and mobility of the lips will be altered temporarily. The sutures used to close the scar inside the mouth will dissolve after about 10-15 days.
A few days later, when the edema goes down the implant is not noticeable. Complications, though extremely rare, consist in a bad positioning or displacement of the prosthesis, eventually requiring a reset of the implant.
Chin surgery involves the introduction of a silicone prosthesis through the groove or lower vestibule, inside the mouth.
Mostly done with local anesthesia and sedation. The procedure can take from an hour to 45 minutes. The scar, inside the mouth, is not visible. Sometimes, some surgeons prefer to insert the prosthesis through an incision under the chin. If this procedure is used, after a few months the scar is usually barely noticeable.
Postoperatively, patients report discomfort and swelling in the area for a few days and some difficulty to smile or talk that usually disappears in the first two weeks. Bruising may appear around the chin and neck, but goes away in 2 to 4 weeks. Proper dental hygiene is necessary along with mouthwash and a soft diet for the first few days to prevent infection, suture opening and displacement of the implant.