Facial Implants Houston

Questions and Answers About Cheek and Chin Implants

When are procedures that enhance the cheeks and chin warranted?

There are many reasons why a person would seek implants for the cheek and/or chin. The results are sometimes subtle, but can be very important in restoring facial harmony or assisting in facial rejuvenation.

When it comes to chin implants, individuals can be born with what is oftentimes called a weak chin. In this instance, a procedure as simple as a chin implant can disguise the deficiency and give a better, more balanced look to the entire face.

As we age, there is often a loss in volume in the cheek [malar or submalar] area. Babies have faces plump with soft tissue. We lose this soft tissue as we age, resulting in a hollow look. Cheek implants offer a long-term solution to adding back the appearance of the soft tissue and returning a more youthful look.

We know that a rhinoplasty [nose surgery] can correct profile problems, but sometimes cheek implants are needed to complete a balanced, harmonious look.

Over the years, I have garnered a reputation as a plastic surgeon who is particularly skilled in correcting imbalances through the use of chin and cheek implants.

Does the loss of soft tissue in the cheeks always require a surgical effort?

Not necessarily. There are many times when a long-term surgical correction is the best option, but sometimes dermal fillers can offer help to volume deficiencies in the cheek area.

Temporary fillers include the phylogenic acid types which are Restylane®, Perlane®, and Juvédérm™. Phylogenic acid is a natural substance that is found in our cartilage, ligaments and connective tissue. These fillers will last approximately six to 12 months. Other temporary fillers are Radiesse® and Sculptra™ which typically last longer. These fillers are effective and can correct laxity problems in the cheek area.

Why would a person choose cheek implantation surgery instead of fillers?

Fillers are excellent in many instances, however, surgical cheek augmentation is a better solution for patients who are seeking a long-term solution. And, as well as providing long-term benefits, implants offer a three-dimensional correction to restore a youthful, healthy appearance to a face.

Cheek implants improve contour to the mid-face area and restore sagging soft tissue.

Would you perform a rhinoplasty and cheek/chin augmentation at the same time?

Rhinoplasty corrects profile imbalance, but sometimes a rhinoplasty will cause other areas to look out of balance and so additional corrections are needed to bring the whole face into harmony. Often, a slight change in the cheek area or a chin augmentation settles the face into a very complementary balance.

The chin defines the jawline and a recessive chin can connote a look of meekness or lack of power. Augmentation in the chin area is a slight adjustment but can restore confidence.

What should a patient expect when undergoing cheek or chin implants?

While chin or cheek augmentation is sometimes completed during another facial procedure, both procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis. Mostly incisions used are in the mouth, leaving no external scars.

Recovery is usually quick, with patients returning to full activity in two weeks.

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Click here to view more cheek or chin implant results achieved by Houston facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Fred J. Bressler.