A beautiful face is harmonious, and each of the features works together to create symmetry. But when the cheeks are too flat or the chin too small, harmony is lost. Men and women can achieve the facial contours that they desire with chin or cheek implants in a facial augmentation procedure with Dr. Buckingham. Facial augmentation releases inner beauty and builds confidence. Board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Buckingham is a facial expert at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. Read here to learn more about the facial augmentation options that are available to you in Austin, Texas.
Facial Augmentation Procedure
Chin and cheek enhancement surgery are relatively common surgical procedures. They can be performed alone, together, or in conjunction with another facial augmentation treatment, such as rhinoplasty, neck liposuction, or a facelift, to bring into balance the aesthetic proportions of the face. Dr. Buckingham performs chin and cheek augmentation for individuals who are dissatisfied with the size of their chin or who have weak or flat cheekbones. During a private consultation, Dr. Buckingham performs a facial analysis to determine if a cheek or chin implant would help the patient achieve their cosmetic goals.
Dr. Buckingham uses a silicone implant during chin augmentation to provide natural-looking results and to add aesthetic balance to the face. The chin implant procedure can be combined with other cosmetic procedures for optimal results. The procedure can also be combined with fat removal along the jawline or on the neck to enhance the chin and add definition.
Dr. Buckingham finds that Implant cheek implants have significant advantages over other FDA-approved cheek implants, and he recommends these custom implants for patients looking to add definition to their cheeks. Patients who have good underlying bone structure but who are experiencing facial aging may benefit from facelift and/or facial lipocontouring using a facial fat transfer.
Before and after Cheek and Chin Augmentation photos are available here.
What to Expect During the Facial Augmentation Procedure
The chin implant procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and is performed using a local anesthetic with or without oral sedation. A small incision is conspicuously placed along the crease below the chin, through which Dr. Buckingham inserts the chin implant. Dr. Buckingham then positions the implant and anchors it in place with carefully placed sutures.
The cheek implant procedure takes approximately one to two hours to complete and is performed using IV sedation. Dr. Buckingham creates a small incision on the inside of each cheek to insert the implants, which are placed into a pocket located within the targeted area of the cheek. The implants are safely secured so that they will maintain the correct position, and the incisions are closed with sutures.
Dr. Buckingham may recommend further contouring of the cheek and jawline with facial lipocontouring using a facial fat transfer. The facial augmentation will lift and tighten the cheeks and/or restore lost fat to the cheeks. Dr. Buckingham places a minimally invasive, tiny incision in the belly area to remove fat cells, which he then adds to the cheek and face using 1mm micro cannulas to restore youthful contours. No facial incisions are involved in the transfer. More information on facial lipocontouring at Buckingham Center in Austin, Texas, is available HERE.
Cheek and chin augmentations may be combined with another cosmetic treatment, such as fat removal from the chin or neck, a facelift, dermal fillers, or more. Dr. Buckingham creates a customized treatment plan for each patient during the consultation.
Facial Augmentation Recovery
Patients should expect the chin implant recovery to take approximately two weeks. Swelling or bruising are common, but these typically resolve within two weeks. Some mild to moderate discomfort can be experienced, but Dr. Buckingham will prescribe the appropriate pain medication to keep the patient comfortable during the recovery. Dietary restrictions may be necessary initially, as well. Patients typically are ready to return to work or school within one week. Strenuous exercise should be postponed for two to three weeks as well.
Cheek augmentation recovery takes approximately two weeks. Patients may experience some initial swelling and bruising on the cheeks and under the eyes, which will fade over one to two weeks. Patients must keep their head elevated and apply cold compresses to minimize potential swelling. Mild pain is common, but Dr. Buckingham prescribes appropriate medications to help his patients heal comfortably at home. Patients frequently feel well enough to return to work within one week. Strenuous exercise should be postponed for two to three weeks.
Facial Augmentation Expectations
Chin and cheek implants improve and enhance facial contours and add symmetry and beauty to the face. Facial implants can bring the face into balance by plumping the cheeks and adding definition to the chin or the jaw. Dr. Buckingham provides each patient with digital imagery during their consultation and creates a customized surgical plan, which correctly matches their treatment with their goals and expectations.
Facial Augmentation Consultation
During a chin or cheek augmentation, Dr. Buckingham completes a facial analysis with the use of digital imaging. Digital imaging allows him to determine the best procedure to meet his male or female patients’ goals and expectations. At this time, Dr. Buckingham will also address any questions or concerns that his patient may have.
The Ideal Facial Augmentation Candidate
The ideal facial augmentation patient is a nonsmoker who is in good health and has realistic surgical goals. Patients who are frustrated with flat cheekbones, a small chin, or disproportionate features can benefit from this surgery. A good chin or cheek augmentation candidate may have poor facial asymmetry or may desire to improve harmony between all of their facial features.
Facial Augmentation Cost
The cost of chin or cheek augmentations vary and are dependent on the details of the surgery and on additional procedures that may be performed along with the implant surgery. Dr. Buckingham works with each patient to offer affordable options.
Frequently Asked Facial Augmentation Questions
What is Chin Augmentation?
Chin augmentation, or chin enhancement, is a common plastic surgery procedure which can improve the appearance of the chin or jaw line. A chin implant can create a better balance in the face and build up a receding chin. Chin augmentation may be completed alone or it may be combined with another procedure, such as a facelift, neck liposuction or rhinoplasty.
What is Cheek Augmentation?
Cheek augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure which can improve the appearance of a weak cheekbone structure. The cheeks can be enhanced using an implant or with the patient’s own fat cells. Cheek augmentation can add prominence to the cheekbones and help to balance the facial features.
Where is the Facial Augmentation performed?
Chin and cheek augmentations are typically performed as outpatient procedures. Chin augmentation may be completed in the Buckingham Center office or at the outpatient surgery center. Cheek augmentation is performed in an outpatient surgical center.
What type of anesthesia is used for a Facial Augmentation?
Chin augmentation may be performed in the Buckingham Center office with local anesthesia and mild oral sedation or at the outpatient surgery center. Cheek augmentation is performed in an outpatient surgical center with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
What is the recovery like after a Chin or Cheek Augmentation?
The recovery after chin and cheek augmentation procedures lasts approximately one to two weeks, although minor swelling may persist for several more weeks. Patients may experience bruising and swelling as well as initial tightness when making facial movements, such as talking, smiling and moving the lips. Discomfort can be alleviated with over-the-counter or prescription medication.
What is the downtime after a Facial Augmentation?
The recovery after chin and cheek augmentation procedures takes one to two weeks, and most patients can return to work and their normal activities within one week. Strenuous exercise must be avoided for three weeks with lighter activity allowed at two weeks.
Are Chin and Cheek Augmentations painful?
Chin and cheek augmentation patients typically experience some discomfort during the recovery and this can be alleviated with medication.
When are the stitches removed?
Any surface stitches are usually removed within five to seven days. Cheek augmentation procedures are often completed with absorbable sutures that dissolve on their own.
Will I have scars after a Chin or Cheek Augmentation?
The incisions made for chin and cheek augmentation procedures do result in scars though they are typically tiny. Incisions created inside of the mouth are not visible, and incisions that are created on the skin are usually well concealed.
What can I expect during my Facial Augmentation consultation?
During your consultation for chin or cheek augmentation, Dr. Buckingham will perform a facial analysis using digital imaging, which will allow him to recommend the best procedure to meet your goals and expectations. At this time, Dr. Buckingham will also address any questions or concerns that you may have.
Am I a good candidate for Facial Augmentation?
You may be a good candidate for chin or cheek augmentation if you are in good physical health and have realistic surgical expectations. A private consultation with digital imaging is the best way to determine if chin or cheek augmentation is right for you.
Call today for a consultation with Dr. Buckingham, where you will find out if you are a good candidate for a facial augmentation and you will learn if cheek or chin implants can provide you with the best results!
Board-certified, Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Edward Buckingham is recognized for the exceptional results that he provides for his patients. Call 512.401.2500 to request a consultation with Dr. Buckingham at Buckingham Center in Austin, Texas. We look forward to meeting you!