Facial implants can be used for the reconstruction, reshaping or rejuvenation of the underlying facial framework. Though any facial area can be modified by the use of facial implants, the chin and cheek implants are the most common areas for facial augmentation.
The chin and cheek implants are to restore the lost volume of the face as a result of ageing process or weight loss. These implants also helps in improving the harmony of the facial features and also improve the outcomes of other facial cosmetic surgery such as chin implant can be used to create a balance with a small nose.
The chin and cheek implantation involves the placement of some synthetic substance deep inside the subcutaneous skin tissues and on the underlying bone. There are many different kinds of facial implants available. The choice of the facial implant depends largely on the prior experience of the plastic surgeon, desired appearance of patient and which will give the desired results.
There are many ways in which chin and cheek implants are different from the other cosmetic surgeries. There are multiple options available for cheek and chin implants. The procedure involves minimal surgical access and it often gives dramatic results. The incisions are generally made at the inconspicuous sites which allow minimal scarring. The procedure of cheek and chin implant surgery is often combined with other facial cosmetic surgery treatments like facelift or rhinoplasty to obtain optimal results.
Ideal candidates for facial cosmetic implant surgery
The patients who are 18 years of age or above with good physical health and realistic expectations can undergo the chin implant or cheek implants surgery. Ideally, cheek implants are for those who have hollow cheek structure due to genetics or due to ageing or people having the having a hollow look under their eyes and in mid face or patients who have undergone some trauma and need cheek reconstruction surgery.
As with any other surgical procedure, there are risk factors associated with the chin and cheek implants surgery. The risk factors in this facial cosmetic surgery may include but are not restricted to:
- Issues related to anaesthesia
- Possibility of infections
- Extrusion of implant in which the implant becomes visible through the skin but this is very rare.
- Swelling, bruising and skin discolouration are temporary that may lasts for few weeks or months
- Temporary numbness or tingling, which usually fades away with time.
- Bleeding and scarring