Dr. Del Corral is a double board certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.

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While beauty is only skin deep, well-defined facial features have been considered traits of physical beauty. Prominent cheekbones and a strong chin provide balance, harmony and proportion. For those lacking these natural marks of distinction, makeup for decades has been their only alternative.

Now, there is a safe and permanent method of correcting a receding chin and providing those high cheekbones sought after by women and men worldwide. Chin augmentation or mentoplasty, and cheek implants or malar augmentation, are surgical procedures designed to provide a more vibrant and attractive look of distinction. These procedures can also benefit those with asymmetries or congenital defects.

WHAT ARE THE INDICATIONS FOR CHEEK OR CHIN IMPLANTS?

Chin implants are frequently recommended to patients undergoing nose surgery to achieve proper facial proportion. In patients 38-50 years old, cheek implants can improve the appearance of the contour of the midface, sagging midfacial soft tissues, and in many instances delay the necessity for a facelift. Many patients undergoing facelifts also seek cheek implants to achieve higher appearing cheekbones. If you have been wondering if a more distinctive facial feature might enhance your appearance and improve your self-confidence, computer imaging will be performed for you to show whether this is a realistic procedure for you to consider.


WHY CHIN IMPLANT SURGERY?

The chin is considered to be one of the main balancing points of the face along with the cheek width, forehead height and nose shape. The main purpose of having a chin implant (also known as a mentoplasty) is to restore a sense of balance and symmetry to a face that might appear crooked as the result of a recessed, protruding or absent chin. Sometimes chin implants are recommended along with a nose plastic surgery in order to harmonize the different elements of the entire face.

HOW SAFE IS IT TO HAVE IMPLANT SURGERY?

Facial implants have proven to provide a safe, predictable, low-cost, low-risk alternative to simply “living with bony structural weaknesses.” To date, millions of facial implants made from nontoxic materials such as Teflon, Gore-Tex and other plastic materials have been implanted with no reported cases of allergic reaction. The implants are designed specifically for use in the mid-cheek and chin area and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These can also be customized specifically for a patient based upon the results of computer imaging.

WHAT ARE THE DETAILS OF SURGERY?

Both cheek and chin implants are performed on an outpatient basis utilizing a twilight or general anesthetic. While the patient is sleepy or asleep, local anesthetic is utilized to numb the treated areas before the patient awakens.

After the patient is asleep, the surgeon makes tiny incisions on the inside of the mouth to place the chin or the cheek implants. Stitches are then placed, which dissolve over time. Flesh-colored skin tapes are then utilized to hold the implants in position for three to four days. Patients undergoing chin and cheek augmentation usually require one week off to heal.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SURGERY?

Following chin and cheek augmentation, slight discomfort, aching and some numbness along with swelling can be expected. Patients are advised to keep the head elevated and apply cold compresses during the first 24 to 48 hours. Postoperative discomfort can be controlled with medication. Patients are also advised to rinse their mouths with hydrogen peroxide after each meal and two to three times per day while the stitches are still in place. All swelling is typically gone within six weeks.

I AM INTERESTED! WHAT DO I DO NEXT?

If you are considering chin or cheek augmentation we encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation and/or treatment at Dr. Del Corral’s office. During this visit we will listen to your concerns and discuss your options. After careful analysis, we will tell you whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure and inform you of the alternatives and potential risks of the procedure.