Q – What are facial implants?
Facial implants are implants which may be used to augment or create symmetry in the cheeks, chin, or jaw. A chin implant can improve an undersized or weak chin while cheek implants can add prominence to the cheek bones. Cheek and chin implants can greatly improve facial harmony.
Q – What are cheek implants?
Cheek implants are implants which can be inserted into the cheek area to add prominence to the cheek bones.
Q – What are chin implants?
Chin implants are implant which can be inserted into the chin area to improve a weak or undersized chin.
Q – Who is a good candidate for a chin or cheek implants?
Healthy men and women who are interesting in improving a lack of volume in the cheek, chin, or jaw area may be good candidates for a chin or cheek implant procedure.
Q – What happens at a consultation for a cheek or chin implant procedure?
During the consultation with Dr. Schwartz you will discuss what it is that you dislike about your cheeks or your chin and what you hope to achieve through surgery. The treatment area will be examined, a thorough medical history taken, and your options discussed. All details of the cheek or chin implant procedure will be explained and any questions or concerns that you may have will be addressed.
Q – What are facial implants made of?
Facial implants can be made from a variety of materials including solid silicone, silastic, polyethylene, Gore-Tex, and other materials. They also come in different shapes and sizes so they can be customized to the patient.
Q – Where do chin and cheek implant procedures take place?
Dr. Schwartz performs chin and cheek implant procedures at an outpatient surgery center.
Q – What anesthesia is used for chin and cheek implant procedures?
Dr. Schwartz performs chin and cheek implant procedures using IV sedation or general anesthesia.
Q – How is the facial implant procedure performed?
Once anesthesia is administered, incisions are made which are hidden. For chin augmentation, the incision may be located inside of the lower lip or just beneath the chin. For cheek augmentation, the incision may be made inside of the upper lip or on the lower eyelid. The implant is then inserted through the incision, positioned, and the incision is closed.
Q – How long does the cheek or chin implant procedure take to perform?
Facial implant procedures usually take one to two hours to perform.
Q – Where are the incisions made for facial implant procedures?
The incisions for cheek implants may be located inside of the upper lip or on the lower eyelid. The incision for chin augmentation may be made on the inside of the lower lip or just beneath the chin .
Q – Will I have scars after undergoing a cheek or chin implant procedure?
Facial implant procedures involve small, hidden incisions which will result in well-concealed, imperceptible scars.
Q – Will I experience any pain after undergoing a cheek or chin implant procedure?
There can be some discomfort after a cheek or chin implant procedure and facial movement may be stiff at first. Discomfort can be managed with medication.
Q – What can I expect the recovery to be like after my cheek or chin implant procedure?
Patients can expect some swelling and bruising after undergoing a cheek or chin implant procedure. Facial movements may be stiff at first, and any discomfort that patients experience can be managed with medication. Dietary restrictions may be necessary, particularly when incisions are made inside of the mouth. The stitches are removed within five to seven days. Work and other normal activities can usually be resumed at this time.
Q – When will I be able to return to work after my facial implant procedure?
Patients can usually return to work and other normal activities within five to seven days after the chin or cheek implant procedure.
Q – When are the stitches removed after the facial implant procedure?
The stitches are removed within five to seven days after the cheek or chin implant procedure.
Q – What are the risks of facial implants?
As with all types of surgery, there are potential risks associated with cheek and chin implant procedures and these may include adverse anesthesia reactions, capsular contracture, implant shifting, infection, unnatural shape, and the need for additional surgery.
Q – Are cheek or chin implant procedures covered by insurance?
Cheek and chin implant procedures that are performed for cosmetic reasons are generally not covered by insurance. When performed for medical purposes or out of necessity, some degree of coverage may be available. Patients should consult with their own insurance carrier.
Q – Can cheek and chin implant procedures be financed?
There are financing options available for many plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery procedures.