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.