What do cheekbone and chin implants consist of, doctor?
It’s a surgical operation that corrects, by means of implants, poorly-defined cheekbones and/or a ‘weak chin.’ It’s an ideal treatment for patients with poorly-marked facial features: a cheekbone implant frames and highlights the eyes. With a chin implant we correct the ‘bird-face’ effect of a receding chin. Also, in some particular cases, in people with very receding chins, we section the chin bone and fix it with miniature titanium plates to achieve a more prominent appearance.
What kinds of implants are there?
In the first place, implants of solid silicone or Gore-tex. And just a few months ago we saw the emergence of endoimplants, which are injectable solid implants.
Is hospitalisation necessary?
In most patients these operations are performed under general anaesthesia and require a short stay in the clinic.
Do these implants tend to be accompanied by other cosmetic operations?
Yes, they’re often combined with blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty or facelift operations.
What about scarring?
The implants are usually inserted by means of incisions in the buccal mucose, for both cheekbone and chin augmentations, with no cutaneous scars. Chin augmentation can also be performed by taking advantage of a previous traumatic scar under the chin, which means we don’t add any new scar.
When can the patient go back to normal life?
After twenty-four hours the patient feels all right. But for people who work with the public we recommend a sick leave of five to seven days, because of both the bruising and the bandage they have to wear. After this period of time, the sutures are removed.