Cheek and Chin Implants
Getting the profile you want
Being unhappy with your facial profile can often lead to a lack of self-confidence, but unlike other aspects of your body it is almost impossible to hide facial imperfections. If you are unhappy with your cheeks or chin, then there are surgical procedures to help.
These implants are able to give cheeks more definition and make a face appear fuller and younger. They rebalance the face by re-contouring it.
A chin implant can help to redefine a receding chin, giving you the profile you want. It can enhance the jawline and create a very clean, powerful and youthful look.
If you were born with flatter cheeks or a receding chin, or if your face has been negatively affected by natural aging and has become sunken and hollow – or even if you have lost a lot of weight and your face has changed shape because of this – then implants can help to re-contour.
Cheek and chin implants – what are they made of?
Both the implants are made of silicone and come in various shapes and sizes. Your consultant will help you decide the best implant for your desired effect at the initial consultation. Please note that the implants can be further altered by the surgeon to help achieve a natural and refined look.
Is the procedure done under general or local anaesthetic?
The procedure is done under general anaesthetic, so you will be asleep during the surgery. It is usually a day case procedure.
How big are the scars?
In most cases the implants will be inserted through incisions made inside the mouth. For chin implants the incisions are made in the natural crease under the chin, meaning the scar is discreet and generally fades to be barely visible.
How long is recovery?
Most patients require a couple of weeks for recovery, with stitches being removed seven days after the operation. After they have been removed then gentle activity can be resumed, with normal to rigorous activity being resumed around four weeks after the surgery.
How do the implants stay in place?
When the implants are inserted, the pockets made by the surgeon are generally very snug fitting, meaning the implant has no space to move and therefore stays in place.
Are there any after effects to be aware of?
You may find that you can only eat soft food for a while as swelling and bruising can make chewing uncomfortable. Both the swelling and bruising will go down as the weeks following the surgery pass, but your face may feel a little tight and a bit tender. A cheek support may need to be worn for 3-4 weeks after the surgery in order to help the swelling go down.
How quickly before I can see my new face?
It can take up to six months for the implants to fully settle into place and for the final results to become noticeable. Following the post-surgery care advice from your consultant will help speed this along.
This page is intended for information purposes only and should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.