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One of the most dramatic improvements in facial appearance can be achieved through the use of facial implants. A subtle and shapely heightening or enlargement can add to a youthful, attractive appearance, and often improve one’s self-confidence. Prominent and well-defined cheeks, chin, and jawlines can create a more “sculpted” or contoured look. These procedures can also benefit those with facial asymmetries or congenital defects.

Dr. Hoefflin performs cheek, chin, and mandible enhancement surgery for patients who wish to further enhance their facial balance and harmony. Cheek, chin, and mandible facial implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are usually placed through small incisions within the mouth, leaving no visible scars. The implant choice depends on your individual anatomy and desired effect. Patient satisfaction after facial implant surgery is usually very high.

Although frequently performed as an isolated procedure, facial augmentation can be performed in combination with other procedures such as a facelift, necklift, and facial liposuctioning to enhance your overall aesthetic result. Chin implants are often recommended to patients undergoing rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) to improve the overall facial proportion and balance.

During your consultation, Dr. Hoefflin will review with you the various implant sizes, types and incisional placement of cheek and chin implants. Customized literature will be provided that discusses each procedure in detail. Before and after photographs of similar forehead lift patients will be reviewed.

About the Procedure

Dr. Hoefflin performs cheek and chin implants as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia with deep sedation, administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The procedure usually takes 1-2 hours. All operations are performed in fully credentialed and state-of-the-art surgical facilities.

Facial implants can be placed through a number of different approaches. Typical incisions for chin implants are made under the chin or inside the mouth between the lower lip and the gum. Typical incisions for cheek implants are made inside the mouth (thus leaving no scars). The incision line choice depends on your individual case and the doctor’s judgment for the best aesthetic result. In time, these incisions become virtually undetectable.

Possible Complications

When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, the risk of serious problems after cheek and chin implant surgery are rare. Most complications are minor and temporary, and can be easily resolved with conservative treatment and time. Specific risks and the suitability of cheek and chin implant procedure for a given individual can be determined at the time of consultation. You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following your surgeon’s instructions both before and after surgery.

To learn if you are a candidate for the cheek or chin implants, contact board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Hoefflin for a complimentary consultation.

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