Cheek & Chin Augmentation (Implants)
The shape of the chin and cheeks can have a significant impact on the overall appearance of the face, especially with regards to balance and youthfulness. Many factors can alter facial features over time, including adverse health conditions and the natural process of aging. In some cases, developmental asymmetries may be present. Fortunately, patients experiencing dissatisfaction with their cheeks and/or chin for any reason may be able to enhance their facial contour and improve the profile with implants. Our experienced facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Eugenie Brunner, can tailor facial implants to suit the unique anatomical needs and expressed goals of each individual with beautiful, natural-looking results.
For more information about chin and cheek implants or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brunner, please contact us today.
Facial Implant Types
Used to create a more prominent chin, mentoplasty, also called chin implant surgery, can help to produce comprehensive facial symmetry. Particularly beneficial for patients with a “weak” or recessed chin, a larger nose, or excess neck skin, this procedure can also help to define the jawline for individuals desiring greater contour along their profile. During this procedure, Dr. Brunner will place the implant through an inconspicuous incision, typically made inside the mouth or underneath the chin. As a result, scars are often virtually unnoticeable once healed.
Cheek implants are designed to add volume and definition to the midfacial area for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Dr. Brunner can shape the cheek implant for a customized fit that reduces the appearance of hollowness and helps to develop a rounded, more youthful look. The implant will be placed through a well-concealed incision located either in the lower eyelid or inside the mouth. As with chin implant surgery, scarring is minimal and may be completely hidden in some cases.
Mild bruising and swelling in the area where the implant or implants were placed is normal, and these symptoms should fade within one to two weeks. Dr. Brunner will provide medication to help alleviate any discomfort during recovery. Most patients are able to return to work after one week, or as soon as Dr. Brunner recommends.
Frequently Asked Questions About Facial Implants
We invite you to learn more about facial implants with this helpful resource. Dr. Brunner has answered some frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help patients become well-informed about their options. To find additional information, or to schedule a consultation, please reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable medical team.
What are facial implants?
Facial implants are used to enhance the contours of the face and bring a patient’s features into better proportion. The most common facial implants used are cheek and chin implants. They are made of silastic, a type of silicone rubber, and can augment the targeted area for improved contouring and appearance. With Dr. Brunner’s artistic eye, she can determine the ideal size of the implants to optimize your outcome and achieve natural-looking results.
What are the pros of facial implants?
Facial implants like cheek and chin implants can provide many benefits and offer many unique advantages. Facial implants can:
- Address facial asymmetry, and
- Restore volume loss due to aging
- Correct chin, cheek, and jaw deficiencies
- Require no surgery on other areas of the body (as fat grafting does)
- Procedure typically will be brief with long-lasting results
- Be removed if you decide to do something different in the future
Can facial implants be removed?
Yes, in most cases facial implants can be removed if the patient decides at a later date to have them replaced, taken out, or modified. Depending on the unique details of your treatment plan, other factors may play a role in whether removal is the best decision, and Dr. Brunner will provide additional details that apply to your situation during your one-on-one consultation. We want you to feel comfortable and confident during this exchange and we welcome your questions at any point during the process.
How much do chin and cheek implants cost?
The price of chin and/or cheek implants will vary based on your individual treatment plan, the experience of the facial plastic surgeon you choose, and other factors. It’s important to keep in mind that in addition to the surgeon’s fees, you will be responsible for the hospital facility fees, anesthesia fees, and perhaps other expenses. We will provide a comprehensive breakdown of all predicted associated costs for your treatment so you can make the best decision—although not all practices do this. Be sure and ask what’s included in any quote that you are given.
The national average for chin augmentation is $2,705, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, but that only refers to the surgeon’s fees. The total price for this procedure can range from around $3,000 to over $10,000. The complexity of your treatment, whether you are using multiple techniques, and other considerations will determine the final estimate.
What will the scars from facial implants look like?
Our goal is to provide optimal results with minimal signs of surgery, and the latest techniques make it possible to conceal incisions very well. For chin implants, the incision will usually be placed under the chin. For cheek implants, these can be placed through an incision located inside the mouth. Most patients heal very well and find the scars to be invisible or mostly imperceptible.
If you have additional questions about facial implants, or if you wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brunner, please contact us today.