Cheek and chin Augmentation is a frequently performed procedure to help balance the face. It is a process by which implants are added to the chin or cheeks which enhances and strengthens the profile making the specific areas more prominent. Cheek implants can be placed in a lateral or anterior position depending on the specific aims of the surgery.
It is important to focus on what your aims are and to discuss this with a member of the team at the McLean Academy. In some cases patients feel they have a large nose and also may require surgery to that area. After consultation with the surgeon, it may be found that chin or cheek enhancement may make the nose less prominent. Some patients may experience numbness of the cheeks or chin after surgery.
Some patients requiring chin augmentation may need a genioplasty, a surgical procedure in which the chin is brought forward by cutting the bone itself.
Consider all aspects of the chin or cheek augmentation, list all the benefits and risks you feel are involved and then take this list with you when you come to visit the McLean Academy. Use the list as the basis on which your discussion will centre and talk through with a member of staff your concerns and expectations. Especially consider the result you hope to achieve.
Both chin and cheek augmentation are usually performed under general anesthesia. It is important to follow the advice given by your surgeon prior to attending the hospital.
Remove all makeup from the face prior to attending the clinic.
After the operation
Surgery usually lasts around 1 hour and it is likely that you will stay for one night and return home the following morning.
You may suffer some discomfort for a few days, bruising and swelling may occur for between 1 to 2 weeks. Treat the swelling by applying cold compresses to the area. A liquid diet is advisable for the first few days.
In most cases the cuts are made inside the mouth, which results in the scarring not being visible. By using absorbable stitches which don't require removal and will be absorbed, they will disappear over a short period of time. If skin incisions are used, stitches will be removed in 5 days.
You should be able to apply make up the day following your surgery and your normal features should return within two to four weeks. Do not engage in any form of exercise for a two week period.
Risks and Complications
By nature, all medical procedures carry an element of risk. While the majority of patients do not experience any complications, before embarking on any medical procedure, it is advisable to consult fully with the McLean Academy so that our qualified staff can suitably discuss any risk or concerns that your procedure may pose. Chin and Cheek Augmentations are surgical procedure with minimal risks.
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