Encyclopedia / Cheek/Chin Augmentation
Cheek or chin augmentation is often carried out to enhance balance, proportion and symmetry in the face. Many patients choose to combine cheek or chin augmentation with treatments to other areas of the face, such as nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) or face lifts (rhytidectomy).
Surgeons may use Computerised Photo Imaging Skin Analysis to help determine the patient's ideal facial symmetry prior to cheek or chin augmentation.
Cheek augmentation procedure
Surgeons place a solid implant over the cheekbone to emphasise the patient's cheeks. Incisions are usually made in the upper mouth, to avoid leaving a visible scar.
Cheek augmentation is performed under anaesthesia and can take one to two hours. Recovery time for cheek augmentation is around 10 days.
Chin augmentation procedure
Chin implants are inserted beneath the skin to alter the size or shape of the patient's chin. Incisions are made inside the mouth or below the chin to avoid visible scarring.
The duration of the chin augmentation procedure will depend on the individual patient being treated, but usually lasts 45 minutes to one hour under general anaesthetic. Following surgery, patients may experience swelling but this should clear up in around one week.