Cheekbones and chin surgery correct less developed jaws or less prominent cheekbones through facial implants.
As humans we instinctively look for balance, harmony and symmetry in nature. This applies more than anywhere to our faces and, where it isn’t present, it’s easy to have our confidence knocked and feel insecure about how we look.
However, facial implants are a simple and straightforward way of correcting these problems. They are also a way of enhancing our appearance to attain more striking features or aesthetically pleasing proportions. These procedures can be particularly suitable for:
- Those with facial features that are not particularly symmetrical.
- Those born with congenital defects to the face.
- Those wishing to attain stronger or more striking features, such as strengthening of the jaw- line or more prominent cheekbones.
- Those wishing to achieve better balance or proportion in the face as a whole.
This type of surgery can also be combined with face lift, nose reshaping and other surgical procedures for the face to enhance and rejuvenate an overall look. Of course, achieving absolute symmetry is virtually impossible, but Dr. Marcellino is expert at achieving incredibly positive transformations for his facial patients.
Cheekbones and Chin Surgery: The Procedure
With each procedure incisions are made inside the oral cavity and prostheses are inserted in proximity to the bone skeleton within a surgically created pocket. The precise location of the incision and entry point of the implant will vary according to the area, or areas, of the face being treated:
- Lower jaw implant – the implant is placed inside of the lower lip.
- Cheek implant – the implant is put in place through the upper lip.
- Chin implant – the implant is placed through the lower lip or under your chin.
- The implant is positioned beneath the skin through an incision made from inside the mouth or below the chin and closed with dissolvable sutures. The sutures will dissolve in about one week after the procedure.
- A dressing will be applied to support the cheek or chin implant after the procedure while your face heals and to minimise the risk of infection.
- The procedure can either be carried out under topical or general anaesthetic. Dr. Marcellino will discuss which will apply to your procedure at your consultation.
- Cheek or chin implant surgery patients are normally seen as day cases, meaning that no overnight stay in hospital is usually required.
Cheekbones and Chin Surgery: Before Your Surgery
- If you smoke it is strongly recommended that you stop at least two weeks prior to your surgery in order to help healing and reduce the risk of infection. Ideally you should stop 8 weeks beforehand.
- If you take aspirin or any other medication you should make Dr. Marcellino aware of this at your consultation as it may need to be discontinued for a short period of time before and after your procedure.
Cheekbones and Chin Surgery: On the Day of Your Surgery
- Please ensure that you arrive at the hospital in good time ahead of your operation.
- Dr. Marcellino will visit you in your room, marking your chin/cheeks with a pen in preparation for your procedure, also affording you the opportunity to ask any last minute questions you might have. A final consent form will also need to be signed at this point.
- A personal nurse will be assigned to you to ensure your care and comfort throughout.
Cheekbones and Chin Surgery: After your Surgery
- As with all surgical procedures there will be some swelling, but this usually settles within a week.
- Certain everyday functions, such as laughing, eating and talking, may be difficult for the first few days following your procedure.
- Where an incision is made inside of the mouth, you will need to pay special attention to dental hygiene for the first week, using anti-bacterial mouth washes frequently. Where this applies it may prove preferable to take soft fluids through a straw until you feel more comfortable. Hot and spicy foods are also best avoided.
- An appointment will be made for you to see Mr Marcellino around a week after your procedure to make sure you are healing well. It is very important that you attend.
What to consider
- With any cosmetic surgery it is important that you carefully consider your decision and what it is you would like to achieve from your treatment.
- It is crucial that those considering surgery have realistic expectations and are in good health. As with all surgical operations, there are also some potential risks and complications to consider.
- Dr. Marcellino will discuss these with you at your consultation, addressing any questions or particular concerns you may have.
- Some thought may also need to be given to practical considerations such as child care provision in the days after your operation, which should ideally be set aside for rest and recovery.