When we look in the mirror, we often tend to focus on our imperfections. Many people feel their faces are out of balance or lack facial harmony. Facial reshaping of the bony contours allow you to enhance or reduce areas of your face with surgeries providing safe and dramatic results that can address your concerns about facial harmony. The surgeries discussed here are often done in combination with the other procedures such as eyelid surgery or facelift. If you feel your facial features are understated or not proportionate, then facial-reshaping procedures may be what you need to restore confidence in your appearance.
How are the enhancement procedures performed?
- Chin augmentation is accomplished through an incision made either inside the mouth at the base of the lower gum, or just under the chin in an already present skin fold. The surgeon can alter the chin by either attaching a specifically selected implant or by altering and repositioning the bone, thereby increasing the projection.
- Cheek augmentation is performed through incisions made either inside the mouth, on the lower eyelid, or possibly in front of the ear. The implant is inserted and attached to the already present cheekbone, thereby increasing the projection.
- Lip augmentation is performed through incisions made inside the mouth. The implant is inserted through the incisions, therefore increasing the fullness of the lip(s).
What if my chin is too big or my cheeks or lips are too full?
Through incisions similar to those for enhancement, reduction procedures of the chin, cheeks and lips are all possible. Your surgeon can evaluate you and determine if you need reduction only, or reduction in some places and enhancement in others to achieve facial harmony. A personal consultation with a surgeon will help determine which techniques might be best for you, depending on your natural structure and desired result.
What will I look and feel like afterward?
Because every individual patient varies in degree of bruising and healing, there is no exact answer. however, we can offer a general outline of expectations:
- If bruising or swelling appear, it will usually occur within the first few days. Resting with your head elevated and applying cold compresses will help alleviate these conditions.
- The majority of the selling will be significantly reduced after the first 2-4 weeks and the final results will begin to take shape.
- Vigorous activity should not be performed for 4-6 weeks after surgery. Within the first week, you may resume very light activity.
- Over the surgical site, it is normal to have some skin numbness, which improves with time.
- Occasionally, special garments are recommended to hold the implants still and help with the swelling for the first few days.
Will I have to be in the hospital?
Chin and Cheek surgeries are considered outpatient procedures. You will most likely return to the comfort of your own home the same day. The procedure may be done in a hospital, outpatient surgery center, or in your surgeon's office-based surgical suite. Most commonly, local anesthesia with intravenous sedation is used, although in some cases, a surgeon may suggest general anesthesia. After the surgery you will be closely monitored and cared for in a recovery room until you are released to go home. Within the first two weeks after surgery, you will be asked to return to the doctor's office and then as needed until the final result is obtained.
What are the implants made of?
A variety of available materials are considered biocompatible, which means your body will most likely not react to them as foreign objects, but rather will find them compatible. The most frequently used are made of Gortex, a solid, but flexible silicone. These materials are considered safe. During your consultation, your surgeon will be able to update you on any medical reports regarding these materials.