Facial Implants

Before After

Q: What’s a Chin Implant or Cheek Implant Surgery?

Strong jaw line and high cheek bones are considered aesthetically pleasing qualities of the face. Some patients benefit from enhancement of those areas. Facial prostheses, such as chin and cheek implants, often used to create a stronger chin and jaw line and higher placed or fuller cheeks. Facial fullness, definition and profile are ususally significantly improved with placement of chin implant, otherwise known as mentoplasty, or placement of cheek implant, also known as malarplasty. Patients often consider facial implants as an adjunct procedure to a nose surgery (rhinoplasty) or a facelift procedure. This procedure is custom tailored for each individual patient’s needs. Dr. Rayham will address your specific concerns and will provide you with detailed information to help choose specific approach to your facial implant procedure.

The implants themselves are made of either a soft malleable silicone type of material or hard durable material (Medpore). The silicone used in facial implants is FDA approved and is not known to leak or cause any side effects. Either type of facial implant material should last for years.

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Q: Why Should I Consider a Chin or Cheek Implant Surgery?

  • To improve your profile by enlarging and extending your chin.
  • To add definition to the chin.
  • To improve proportion of certain aspects of your face.
  • To accent the upper cheeks and create a more youthful appearance.

Q: How is a Chin or Cheek Implant Surgery Performed?

Dr. Rayham performs chin and cheek implant procedures in his offices or hospital setting in Manhattan/NYC, Brooklyn or Staten Island, New York. The Facial Implant procedure generally lasts from one to two hours. It is usually done under local anesthesia with twilight sedation. Sometimes general anesthesia is utilized, especially if procedure is being performed in conjunction with other procedures and prolonged operative time is anticipated.

For Chin Implant procedure, a small incision is usually created within the mouth or under the chin and implant is placed onto the forward surface of the chin bone. Small sutures are placed at the incision site. These sutures don’t need to be removed and are absorbed by you body. For Cheek Implant procedure, incisions are created either within the mouth, or in the lower eyelids. If cheek implants are placed during a facelift procedure, no additional incisions are required. In those instances the skin incision used for facelift is used to access the cheek implant placement site. There is usually no sutures that need to be removed after cheek implant placement.

Q: What Should I Anticipate After the Procedure?

Upon completion of the operation bandages are placed around the face and chin areas. The next day, dressings are removed. The amount of swelling that you may get is variable. Keeping the head elevated may reduce the swelling. Liquid diet is required for several days after the surgery. You can resume regular diet within three days and most normal activities within a week. You should show very few signs of your procedure by three weeks. Although some minor pain is usually associated with immediate postoperative period, it can be effectively treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions given after the procedure. Dr. Rayham encourages his patients to refrain from smoking for several weeks before and after the surgery. Also, if you wear glasses, we will show you how to position and tape them in such a way to prevent undue pressure that may negatively influence your healing process.

Facial implants placement by itself is an outpatient procedure. If you live in New York or nearby, you can go home the day of your procedure. If you are out of town and your facial implant procedure was done in combination with a facelift or other procedures, you may need to stay overnight in a hospital or one of our recommended hotels and can be driven home or fly home the next day following your postoperative check-up with Dr. Rayham.

Q: Am I a Candidate for a Chin Implant or Cheek Implant Surgery?

You may be a candidate for a facial implant procedure if you have any of the above concerns and if you are in overall good health to undergo an operation. Click here if you’d like to email Dr. Rayham with a question or a concern.

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