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Chin and Cheek Augmentation

What are Chin and Cheek augmentations?

The volume of your chin and cheeks create balance and harmony in the face for an overall beautiful look. These areas tend to be overlooked when addressing an aging face, but they play a critical role in any facial rejuvenation plan.

A chin augmentation is also known as mentoplasty and involves a chin implant placed over the natural chin to give it more prominence. In addition, many chin surgeries are performed in conjunction with nose surgeries to give the face better overall balance and proportion.

Cheek augmentation, or malar augmentation, is a cosmetic procedure where an implant is placed over the cheekbone to create more volume and emphasis. Fillers can also be used to bring a more youthful volume to the cheeks.

Who is a good candidate for a Chin or Cheek Augmentation?

Candidates should be in overall good health with realistic goals for the procedure. These procedures can bring the volume you desire back to your face. Talk to your USF Health plastic surgeon about pairing these procedures with other treatments as part of a total facial rejuvenation plan in your initial consultation.

How are Chin and Cheek Augmentations performed?

In a chin augmentation, an incision can be made inside of your mouth or beneath your chin while you are under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will insert the chin implant through the incision and close the incision with sutures.

Cheek augmentations using implants are performed most commonly through an incision made in the mouth while you are under general anesthesia. If you are undergoing multiple facial procedures, alternate incisions can be made inside the lower eyelid or within the hairline. Your incisions will be closed with sutures.


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