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Procedures

Face » Chin & Cheek Augmentation

Why choose us for a Chin & Cheek Augmentation ?

  • You will be seen and operated on by a fully qualified BAAPS/ BAPRAS Consultant plastic surgeon.
  • Our prices are competitive and represent outstanding results.
  • We provide a personal and holistic service to our patients
  • We put your safety first!

Sunken cheeks and a weak chin can affect the overall balance and proportions of your face. It is important to consider all aspects of the facial skeleton to achieve facial harmony and therefore an aesthetically attractive facial appearance. Cosmetic Surgeons London can help you achieve this. If you have a weak or receding chin and would like a stronger jaw line or sunken cheeks and would like more prominent defined cheeks then we may be able to help you achieve this look. Your surgeon will give you an honest opinion as to what is the most suitable procedure for you.

Am I a suitable candidate for cheek augmentation?

  • My cheeks appear sunken
  • My cheeks give me a saddened and tired look
  • My cheeks are too small in proportion to my nose and chin

If this is you then you may be an ideal candidate for cheek augmentation.

How is cheek augmentation performed?

Cheek augmentation can be performed by either

  • Fat Grafting from other parts of your body or
  • Cheek Implants

Both these procedures have their pros and cons and Mr Sojitra will explain this to you during your unhurried consultation. There is no visible external scarring for cheek implants and for fat grafting there is a very small scar hidden inside your tummy button.

How is chin augmentation performed?

Chin augmentation can be performed by either

  • Sliding Genioplasty (advancing the bony chin forward) or
  • Chin Implants or
  • Fat Grafting

Both these procedures have their pros and cons and Mr Sojitra will explain this to you during your unhurried consultation. There is no visible external scarring for the sliding genioplasty and chin implants. For the fat grafting there is a very small scar hidden inside your tummy button. Your surgeon may recommend this procedure instead of or in addition to nose reshaping (rhinoplasty).

What is involved in chin and cheek augmentation surgery?

You (the Patient's) Journey

Before the operation

You will have seen Mr Sojitra on more than one occasion to fully answer all your questions. It is important to avoid medications, if possible, such as aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) e.g Ibuprofen (Nurofen), Sodium Diclofenac (Voltarol) for 1 week before surgery. These tablets may increase bleeding during and after surgery. It is advisable to stop smoking 2 weeks before and after surgery from both a wound healing and an anaesthetic perspective.

The operation

You will be admitted to hospital on the morning of surgery and Mr Sojitra along with his consultant anaesthetist will come and discuss the surgical plan again with you and make some marks on your skin with pen. You will be required to have a general anaesthetic. The operation will take approximately 1 - 2 hours. Your surgeon will inject local anaesthetic and adrenaline when you are asleep. This helps reduce bleeding during your operation as well as reducing pain and improving your post operative comfort. Cosmetic Surgeons London always puts your comfort first. All the stitches used will be dissolving in order to maximise comfort for you and they will be inside your mouth and hidden inside your tummy button (for fat grafting technique). It is best you take it easy and stay in hospital overnight. You will need to have a friend or family member to drive you to and from the hospital and to look after you for the first 24-48 hours following surgery.

Recovery

You will experience some degree of bruising, swelling, and discomfort around your cheek and chin all of which improve by the day. The bruising should subside after 1 week. You may put make-up on after a few days if you wish. Our consultant anaesthetist will prescribe you adequate medication to take home to alleviate any discomfort you may experience. You are encouraged to rest the first night in hospital. It is important not to sleep and put pressure on your cheeks or chin. It is vital you maintain good oral hygiene with regular mouthwashes and teeth brushing. Depending on your type of work, you may return to work between 7-14 days after your procedure. No heavy lifting, straining or strenuous exercise for 6 weeks. It can take a several weeks before the swelling completely subsides and the final result seen. The stitches will dissolve on their own. Your surgeon will see you 7-10 days after surgery. Your surgeon will closely follow your recovery.

Safety and potential complications?

Scars

Scarring on the whole is not problematic. It is hidden inside the mouth and if fat grafting is carried out then a small scar within the tummy button.

Bleeding

Rarely, small blood vessels can open up after surgery. If this occurs then the blood collection may need to be washed out.

Infection

This is not common. If it occurs the implants may need to be removed if the infection does not settle. Antibiotics by tablet are given for all patients for 1 week Numbness or altered sensation of the lower lip or cheek Numbness of the cheek or lower lip is a well recognised complication. Usually, it is temporary but may be permanent.

Implant migration and extrusion

Cheek and chin implants can sometimes move within their pocket and occasionally come out (extrude). This may require a further operation.

Damage to roots of the teeth

During genioplasty there is a small risk of damage to the roots of the teeth nearby.

Useful Sources of Information for Chin and Cheek Augmentation

  • http://www.baaps.org.uk/procedures/reshaping-chins-and-cheeks
  • http://www.plasticsurgery.org/patients_consumers/procedures/FacialImplants.cfm
  • http://www.plasticsurgery.org/patients_consumers/procedures/Mentoplasty.cfm

Cheek and chin augmentation surgery can help achieve facial harmony and boost your confidence. Cosmetic Surgeons London offers an unhurried thorough consultation.

Summary

Operation Time 1 - 2 hours
Anaesthetic General Anaesthesia
Nights in hospital 1 night
How much time off work? 2 weeks
When can I exercise? After 6 weeks

Cosmetic Surgeons London always puts your comfort and safety first!

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