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Houston Cheek & Chin Implants Procedure Guide

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CHIN IMPLANTS

PATIENT ASSESSMENT
  • A chin that is generally recessed and out of balance with the rest of the face.
  • A chin which if moved forward to some degree would enhance the overall facial balance and proportion.
  • Computer imaging helps the patient and doctor communicate regarding individualized surgical goals.

PROCEDURE

  • A small incision is made inside the lower lip, well below the gum line.  No external incisions are required.
  • For this incision a small pocket is developed along the forward edge of the chin.
  • A small, medium, or large sized implant is placed in this pocket and sculptured to fit each individual.  Tiny titanium screws are used to hold the implant in place.
  • The implant is made of medical grade, soft silicone of the type used for many other facial and joint implants.
  • The incision is closed with absorbable sutures that dissolve over the next seven to ten days.
RECOVERY
  • A single layer of tape is applied to the chin to prevent swelling.  This is removed in three to four days.
  • There may be minimal swelling, but rarely any bruising or discomfort and significant discomfort is unusual and is easily controlled by medication.
  • Most swelling and discomfort subside within several days, but there may be residual numbness of the lower lip that may last for days to several weeks.
INTENDED RESULT
  • A more natural-looking chin that helps bring the rest of the face into proper proportion.
  • Chin implantation surgery is often performed with nasal reduction surgery for improvement in the overall facial proportion
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CHEEK IMPLANTS

PATIENT ASSESSMENT
  • Cheek areas which are flat or retruded either from birth, accident, or aging.
  • Cheek areas affected are typically the upper part of the cheek just below the eyelid and sometimes extending out laterally in the face.
  • Computer imaging sometimes facilitates patient-doctor communication regarding individualized surgical goals, but is difficult in some instances due to technical limitations.

PROCEDURE

  • Small incisions are made on the inside of the cheek, well above the upper gum line.
  • A pocket is formed in the area of deficiency through which trial implants are placed.
  • Once the pocket is determined adequate, the implant is sculpted to the individual deformity.
  • Solid surgical silicone is used for most cheek implants due to the natural texture and ease of sculpting.  Small, titanium screws hold the implants in place.
  • Incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures.  There are no visible or external incisions.
RECOVERY
  • Although there is rarely bruising, swelling is usually mild to moderate.  Elevation of the head and application of ice packs for 48 to 72 hours minimize swelling and discomfort.
  • Postoperative discomfort is easily controlled by oral medication.
  • Most patients return to work in three to four days, depending on the level of activity required for their jobs.
INTENDED RESULT
  • A more natural and more balanced appearance of overall facial features.
  • This is an area that is frequently overlooked by both men and women who can’t quite pinpoint what it is they don’t like about the mid-portion of their face.