My Mirror…Must I Have Chin and Cheek Implants?

  • Tuesday July 18, 2006 | Posted in: Plastic Surgery Procedures

    Technorati Tags: cosmetic surgery, plastic surgeon, facial surgeons, revision surgery, plastic surgery procedures, cheek implants

    There comes a point in everybody’s life when the mirror does not exactly reflect the fairest of them all. Without question, that happens to the best of us. Sooner or later, everybody is stoked to know whether to lighten or darken, reduce or balloon, add or subtract.

    For all we may know, aesthetic refinements lie with the trusty surgeon. Odds are, he or she knows how to strike some “cosmetic balance”, something attainable either with a cut of the knife here or an implant lodged there.

    Implants in the face are meant to augment that ever-elusive deficiency in the skeletal contours of the face, as well as for reconstruction.

    By far, the facial prostheses most in vogue are the cheek and chin implants, which are often paired together. Either way, they may be indicated for some congenital conditions, as well as for depressed fractures produced by accidents. Aging might be another motivation, as cheek soft tissue structures naturally degenerates.

    Facial implants are distinguished between solid and porous, the first being made of silicone and the latter of polyethylene.

    Chin Implants

    For all anyone knows, it was a witch who stood at the most dejected point of her life in front of a magical mirror. Like any witch, she may have questioned a chin unsightly by her standards.

    Coincidentally, chin implants are indicated to address the medical condition known as “witch's chin deformity” as well as similar concerns. Other indications include a disproportionately small chin, which can make a large nose look even larger, a neckline look blunt, or a chin look weak.

    The procedure in general requires the use of an anesthetic. From a safe spectrum of synthetic and biological inserts, the surgeon may choose bone or fat from the body, harvested cadaver tissue, silicon or even specially prepared coral. Though their safety is considered refutable, some implants are made of solid silicone. The best size and shape to enhance the appearance is ultimately at the discretion of the surgeon.

    Either way hiding the scar, incision can be made under the chin or inside the mouth, along the lower lip. The surgeon then creates a pocket under the covering of the bone or periosteum, into which the implant is accommodated and stitched in place. The chin is taped in order to help fix the implant in position and reduce any swelling that may ensue. In all, the insertion of a chin implant may take anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour.

    Henceforth, the patient must be in convalescence lasting from one to two weeks. In this period, difficulty in smiling and talking is anticipated. Also, the plastic surgeon may prescribe a special dental hygiene, diet and activity restrictions.
    Cheek Implants

    Or maybe Snow White herself had cheeks wanting of prominence.

    This is otherwise plausible with cheek augmentation, by way of implants strategically placed on top of the cheekbones. The implants come in different materials, as well as various specs. Precision-molded solid silicone is by far the most prevalently used. Otherwise, the implants can be expanded polytetraflouroethylene (ePTFE), which tends to integrate well with the internal environment. Other ways to bring the cheeks to prominence are bone grafting as well as the use of coral.

    Usually taking about 30 to 45 minutes, cheek implant procedure typically involves placing the implants in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure, such as a facelift, forehead lift or eyelid surgery. In such a case, the implants may be inserted through the incisions made for those procedures. Else, the implant is introduced into a pocket formed by incising either the upper lip or the lower eyelid.

    After the procedure, appropriate dressing will be used on the patient to decrease discomfort and swelling. For a ten-day period afterwards, swelling and bruising may occur.

    In any case, cheek implants help lift the corners of the mouth, reducing visible nasolabial lines and add a more triangular perspective to the overall appearance of the face, an attractive package by societal standards.

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