Cheek and Chin AugmentationFacial implants such as cheek implants or chin implants are used to permanently enhance features with poor definition or projection. Depending on the exact procedure, an incision is made through either the mouth or underneath the chin and a pocket is created next to the bone to place the implant. The implant is then positioned and the pocket is sutured closed.
During chin implantation, a small incision is made underneath the chin after which the surgeon creates a small pocket above the chin bone and below the muscle. The customized implant goes into the pocket, where it remains firmly in place. After surgery, Dr. Torgerson may tape the chin to hold the implant in place until firmly secured in its new position. Any scar from an incision made under the chin is negligible.
For cheek implants, an incision is made inside the mouth and a pocket is created next to the cheek bone. The implant rests snugly within this pocket. Note that permanent facial implants are bio-compatible, sterile and commonly made of silicone or Gore-Tex.
Facial implant surgery is performed on an outpatient basis with local anaesthesia and oral or intravenous sedation and with the procedure usually taking about an hour.
Recovery time: Stitches are removed in five days or are dissolvable. Bruising is minimal and most swelling subsides after one to two weeks.