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CHIN AND CHEEK IMPLANTS

True beauty has many different measures, and few beautiful features are considered as timeless as high cheek bones and a strong chin. There are many people born without these features, but they can be added with permanent results throughout your life. That is the purpose of chin and cheek implants. Surgeons oftentimes recommend chin implants to patients who are considering nose surgery as an alternative to nose surgery because a small, undefined chin makes your nose stand out and look disproportionately big. Adding a chin implant may greatly reduce the perceived size of your nose by adding prominence to a receding chin. The materials surgeons use are most commonly made from bone, fat, Alloderm, silicone, or Gore-tex®.

BEFORE AND DURING THE SURGERY

Only a qualified cosmetic surgeon can determine if a face lift is right for you. Face lift surgery is a highly individualized procedure and should only be done for personal reasons. Generally, face lift surgery is a good option for you if:

• You are generally healthy

• You are a non-smoker

• You have a positive outlook on life

• You have realistic goals for the procedure

Your surgeon will want to meet with you prior to scheduling a procedure to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for a face lift. The following points cover some of the information your surgeon will want to know:

• Why do you want to the procedure?

• What is your desired outcome?

• Do you have any current medical conditions or drug allergies?

• Are you being treated for any other medical conditions?

• Have you undergone any previous surgeries?

• What medications, vitamins, herbal and other supplements, and drugs are you currently using?

• Do you use alcohol and tobacco?

Your surgeon will want to complete a physical evaluation to determine your current level of physical health. The information he or she will gather could include:

• Any risk factors you are experiencing, along with any pre-existing conditions

• Photographs that will be included in your medical record, and to aid in determining the extent of improvement

• Treatment options and recommendations

• Discussing possible outcomes of the procedure

•The use of anesthesia during the procedure

BEFORE AND AFTER

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OUR SURGEON MAY ALSO INSTITUTE:

• Dietary guidelines or restrictions

• Alcohol consumption guidelines or restrictions

• Avoiding certain vitamin supplements

INSTRUCTIONS YOU WILL RECEIVE MAY INCLUDE:

• What to do on the day of the surgery

• Using anesthesia during your procedure

• Any post-op care and treatments

BEFORE THE DAY OF THE SURGERY, YOU WILL BE ADVISED OR REQUIRED TO:

Complete routine blood tests to determine overall physical health

Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, or herbal supplements that increase bleeding

A chin implant is a relatively simple procedure. After anesthesia is administered, either locally or IV sedation, an incision is made inside the mouth along the gum line or under the chin area. A small pocket is made and the implant is placed inside. The chin is usually taped after surgery to help minimize any swelling that may occur. Sutures placed along the gum line will dissolve, and sutures placed in the skin will be removed in five to seven days.

After the surgery, you will experience swelling and discomfort for several days. It may be difficult and uncomfortable to talk or smile. Bruising is also possible, but will dissipate with time.

If cheek implantation surgery is accompanied by a face lift forehead lift or eyelid surgery, the implants will be placed through the incisions made for the other procedures. Otherwise, the incisions are made either inside your mouth along the upper lip or externally along your lower eyelid. The implants are inserted and put into place after a pocket is formed to house them.

Once the implants are in place, the incisions are closed using sutures. Dressings are applied to minimize swelling. Your surgeon will implement restrictions on your diet and your level of activity for time until healing has progressed to the point that normal activities will not hinder optimal results. Your surgeon will provide you with all of the necessary details. Movement of your mouth and lips will be seriously diminished for a time while you heal, and the extent of the healing process will be determined by the procedures you had done at the same time as your cheek implants. The stitches that were placed inside your mouth will dissolve in about ten days.

AFTER THE PROCEDURE IS COMPLETE:

After returning home, it is very important to follow your surgeon’s suggestions for resting and for the care of the surgical and incision sites. Be sure that you do not subject the surgical incisions to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. This can have detrimental effects to the quality of your results, as well as your general health.

If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual or irregular heartbeats, seek immediate medical attention. You may be hospitalized if any of these serious medical conditions occur.

The practice of medicine is not an exact science. Good results are always expected, but not guaranteed. Some situations may require multiple surgeries in order to achieve the best results. A similar procedure (like a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or liposuction) may also be required.

Your results will be long-lasting.

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