Chin & Cheek Implants
Restore a naturally appealing harmony to facial features
Balance, proportion, and symmetry are hallmarks of an attractive face. If you feel that your chin looks “weak” or your cheeks lack shape and definition, enhancing these features can restore an aesthetically pleasing sense of facial harmony and improve your overall appearance.
Through a relatively straightforward surgery, Dr. Conway can place custom-fitted, solid silicone implants around your existing chin or cheek bones, instantly bringing them into better proportion with your other facial features.
Why consider facial implants?
Facial implants offer a long-lasting solution to improve facial harmony. If you are bothered by the a lack of definition in your jawline or cheeks, undergoing chin or cheek augmentation can help you refine these features and feel more confident in your appearance.
- Improve a weak or recessed chin appearance
- Restore a more natural, symmetrical appearance following injury to the face
- Add fullness to flat or sunken cheekbones with long-term results
- Add strength and definition to the jawline
Why choose Dr. Conway?
Dr. Donald Conway’s priority for each patient is a safe procedure, excellent care, and naturally appealing results. He believes that cosmetic surgery results should not look like the result of surgery. In addition to 20+ years of experience as a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Conway trained and worked as a medical illustrator, a highly specialized position that helped him develop a thorough knowledge of anatomy as well as a keen sense of symmetry, proportion, and detail. Dr. Conway’s surgical skill and experience combined with his unique artistic abilities help him provide beautiful, more predictable results for each patient.
What do chin and cheek implants feel like?
Facial implants are made from medical-grade solid silicone, a very durable material that is safe to house in the human body. The implants feel very firm, and once healed your implant will feel like a part of your natural bone structure. They are intended to last a lifetime, but just like your bones, facial implants could fracture with severe impact.
At your consultation, Dr. Conway will listen to your preferences for how you would like to look and determine the size and shape of implant that will best meet your goals and provide a natural look.
Combining facial procedures can enhance your results
Many patients who want to enhance their facial features would like to make improvements in more than one area. Combining procedures can actually benefit a patient, providing a more comprehensive enhancement and achieving a beautiful sense of proportion to the face during a single operation. While Dr. Conway customizes a procedure plan for each patient, these are some of the more common procedure combinations he performs for his Asheville cosmetic surgery patients:
- Chin implant + neck liposuction. Reducing fullness beneath the chin with neck liposuction may provide a more refined jawline than a chin implant alone.
- Rhinoplasty + chin implant. Many patients choose to refine the shape of their nose and chin at the same time to achieve a superb facial harmony.
- Facelift + cheek or chin implants. Inserting cheek or chin implants during facelift surgery can help achieve more youthful, refined facial contours.
About the facial implant procedure
Your cheek or chin augmentation surgery will take place in our fully accredited, private surgery center in Asheville. Depending on the case, Dr. Conway may use local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia. The latter two are provided by a board certified MD anesthesiologist.
For chin implant surgery, Dr. Conway makes a small incision either underneath the chin or inside the mouth. Through this incision, he creates a space between the facial tissues and chin bone and inserts the chin implant the two of you selected prior to surgery. The incision is closed with sutures. You will be able to go home shortly after your chin augmentation procedure.
Cheek implant surgery follows similar steps. Incisions are located inside the mouth, behind each cheek, so there will be no visible scarring on the face. Through these incisions, Dr. Conway places the cheek implant beneath the soft facial tissues and around the cheekbones. Incisions are closed with sutures.
Recovery after chin or cheek augmentation surgery
Most patients enjoy a relatively quick, smooth recovery following chin or cheek augmentation surgery. Pain is rarely an issue after these procedures. Soreness, bruising and swelling are more common. Dr. Conway can prescribe pain medication to help offset any discomfort during the early days of your recovery; however, most patients find they need prescription pain medication for a very short period, if at all.
If incisions are located inside the mouth, you should stick to a liquid diet for the first 24 hours after surgery. After that, soft foods are recommended for several more days until your incisions have healed adequately. Swelling and bruising typically subside within 2 weeks of surgery, and many patients feel ready to go out in public after just a few days.
You should be able to resume light activity, including non-strenuous work, within 1 week, and gradually return to exercise after 2 to 3 weeks. Sports or other activities that risk facial contact should be avoided for at least 6 weeks after chin or cheek implant surgery. Dr. Conway will provide you with detailed instructions for recovery at your consultations before surgery.
Would you like to learn more about your options to enhance your facial features and look your best? Please call or contact us today. At a personal consultation, Dr. Conway will take the time to listen to your goals and concerns and help you understand what’s possible to help you achieve your goals.