Cheek Implants – Chin Implants – Sydney NSW

The ‘face’ that we present to the world is one way we define ourselves. Although external appearances are only one aspect of beauty, our face is the first thing other people notice, and features that are harmonised and in balance are considered attractive. Cheek and chin implants are often desired for cosmetic reasons, and are also invaluable in reconstruction surgery after an accident or illness.

Dr Laniewski has worked with plastic surgeons at London’s famous Harley Street, where he refined his already impressive skills as a facial surgeon. During his time overseas, Dr Laniewski also worked at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, renowned as a leading destination for breast, head and neck surgeons. Back home in Sydney, Dr Laniewski continues to provide the highest levels of expertise in surgical procedures, including those that improve appearance and repair damage to the chin and cheeks.

WHAT ARE CHEEK AND CHIN IMPLANTS?

The implants are solid and durable structural enhancements that are biocompatible with existing organic facial materials. Their purpose is to augment, rejuvenate or reconstruct natural facial contours. Choice of implant styles and shapes ensures they are kept in proportion with your face, resulting in sculpted cheekbones or a more distinctive jawline.

CHOOSING A FACIAL IMPLANT

The first step is to have a consultation with Dr Laniewski. During this time, you will go through your medical history, including dental work, and inform the doctor of any prior reconstructive surgery on your face. Your consultation will help establish your goals, including any other cosmetic surgeries planned for the future. In this way, every step can be taken at the appropriate time, and some surgeries can be performed simultaneously.

Common reasons for cheek and chin implants include:

  • The desire for a stronger, more pronounced chin
  • Creating a defined jawline that adequately frames the face
  • Greater fullness and definition in the cheeks
  • Re-contouring facial structure that have diminished due to aging
  • Correcting deformities or disfigurement caused by injury, accident or congenital conditions

Cheek and chin implants are not as daunting a prospect as it might seem. They are relatively quick procedures that provide permanent results.

FACIAL IMPLANT PROCEDURES

The surgery is generally performed on an outpatient basis (overnight stay) followed by a return home the next day. The duration of the surgery will depend on your individual circumstances, but for cosmetic surgery on an otherwise healthy face, it should only take between one and two hours.

Cheek and chin implant procedures include:

  • Lower jaw: The implant incision is made inside the lower lip/gum junction, or underneath the chin.
  • Chin implant: An incision is made inside the lower lip/gum junction, or underneath the chin.
  • Cheek implant: The implant can be positioned through an internal incision inside the upper lip, or placed through the lower eyelid.

Dr Laniewski will advise you regarding appropriate foods and medications to be taken both before and after surgery. It’s also highly recommended that you refrain from smoking in the weeks leading up to surgery as this can impact your recovery. On the day of surgery, it’s advisable to wear a loose-fitting blouse or buttoned shirt that doesn’t need to be pulled over your face. Put a plan in place for someone to drive you home after surgery, and preferably to stay with you on your first night back home.

RECOVERY AT HOME

Recovery after a facial implant is quite fast unless other, more extensive surgery has also been performed. You probably won’t require more than a week off work or regular activities.

Your home recovery program will be easy and convenient with a little advance planning. Useful items include:

  • A cold pack to ease pain and swelling
  • Creams or ointments prescribed by your surgeon
  • Soft foods such as puddings and ice cream, plus protein shakes for additional vitamin and mineral intake
  • Mouthwash as an alternative to brushing teeth

Any bruising or swelling should subside within a couple of days, and you will begin to fully appreciate your new appearance. Good looks never go out of fashion, and there is plenty of evidence to prove that satisfaction with our appearance can dramatically improve self-esteem, personal relationships and even career prospects.

Cheek Implants FAQ

How much do cheek implants cost?

It’s difficult to determine the final cost of cheek implant surgery without a personalised consultation. This is because there are several factors that need to be considered in order to put a more accurate quotation together, including hospital and anaesthetist fees. Whether or not a patient wants to combine cheek implant surgery without other procedures will also impact the cost. Unfortunately, this specific surgery will not be covered by Medicare or private health insurers.

What are cheek implants made of?

Cheek implants are made from a solid silicone, which makes them durable and long-lasting. It’s very rare for implants of this nature to have to be replaced or removed after surgery unless the patient wants to.

What are the risks associated with cheek implant surgery?

Bleeding, infection, poor healing of incisions and an allergic reaction to anaesthetic are some of the most common risks associated with any type of surgery. In the case of cheek implants, there is also a risk of asymmetry, numbness, scarring and implant displacement. Dr Laniewski will take you through all the potential risks and complications during your consultation so that you know exactly what to expect.

Will my cheek implants look natural?

Moderation and the skills of an experienced surgeon are what’s required to achieve a natural result. When you increase the size of your cheeks too much, it will look unnatural and out of proportion with the rest of your features. Dr Laniewski will help you choose the right size implant during your consultation.

Are there any alternatives to cheek implants?

Fat grafting and fillers are two alternatives to cheek implants, both of which are temporary solutions. The number of injections that are used will depend on how much volume needs to be achieved. Dermal fillers contain a substance that occurs naturally in the body and binds to water in the cells. If fat grafting is used, excess fat is extracted from other areas of the body such as the arms, hips and thighs, processed and injected into the cheek area. These two alternatives are less invasive than cheek implant surgery but the results don’t last as long.

Chin Implants FAQ

How much do chin implants cost?

The cost of chin implant surgery will be different for everyone. Scheduling a consultation with Dr Laniewski is the best way to obtain a more accurate quotation. This is also because factors such as anaesthetist and hospital fees need to be taken into consideration. Whether the surgery will be combined with other procedures also matters. Unfortunately, this specific surgery will not be covered by Medicare or private health insurers.

How long do chin implants last?

Chin implants are designed to last a lifetime. The only time that they are removed is if a patient decided they no longer want it.

Will a chin implant impact my smile?

There’s no reason why your smile would be affected after chin implant surgery. The only thing that might temporarily alter your smile is swelling and a change in sensation, which is common after this procedure.

Can a chin implant improve my jawline?

Your chin does have an impact on other features, including your nose and jaw. By using implants to create a more defined chin, Dr Laniewski can balance your profile and improve the overall appearance of your jawline.

Does chin implant surgery leave any scarring?

The incision required to insert a chin implant is less than 2 cms, so scarring will be barely visible following surgery. Dr Laniewski will also provide you with specific aftercare instructions that will ensure any scarring is kept to a minimum.