Chin Augmentation & Cheek Implants
Written by Dr. Cross
For women, the chin, in proper proportion, can help define a feminine jaw line and help provide youthful fullness to the area around the mouth. In men, a stronger jaw can be used to help create angularity and masculinity. This can be done using one’s own tissue or through the use of implants that allow the body to incorporate them into its own tissues.
High cheekbones and a strong jaw line have long had a history of allure. Along with the eyes, the cheekbones and jaw line form the most photogenic aspects of the face. Chin and cheek implants are a great way to enhance a facial profile by improving the overall proportion and balance of the face. With chin implants (mentoplasty), the symmetry of the face can be shaped and contoured. Cheek implants (malarplasty), also known as malar (high cheek) or submalar (low cheek) augmentation, are now used less commonly due to the use of fat and stem cell grafting and newer facelifting techniques that can improve on the volume and definition of the cheeks. When implants are used, they add necessary fullness and definition to the face where it is absent.
While it is now possible to achieve many of the desired results of implants with injectable fillers that can be performed in the office in a few minutes with no downtime and no post-treatment discomfort, utilizing permanent chin and cheek implants can provide a more permanent rejuvenation and youthful facial profile.
During the office visit, a number of measurements are taken to determine how appropriate a chin or cheek implant will be, how much change it will affect on the appearance of the face, and what size will be most appropriate. The patient’s desires play an important role in this decision making process.
With chin surgery, an implant is inserted in front of the jawbone in order to augment the chin or jaw. A small incision is made inside the mouth to allow the implant to be positioned in a pocket just under the skin. An alternate location for this incision is below the chin (on the outside). Chin surgery is commonly performed along with rhinoplasty (nose surgery). With cheek augmentation, incisions are made either inside the mouth or on the inside of the eyelid. Cheek surgery is often performed in conjunction with a facelift procedure. Both chin and cheek implant procedures normally last from 30 minutes to one hour.