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At first glance, the cheeks and the chin may not seem like the most obvious areas for improvement through cosmetic surgery. However, both regions of the face are highly prone to the ravages of aging, gravity and stress, and therefore can detract from an otherwise youthful and attractive countenance. Genetics may also play a role in a patient’s dissatisfaction with their cheekbones or chin, as a weak jaw or poor bone structure is typically handed down over generations.

Cheek implants are a wonderful and more sustainable alternative to a facelift, and can dramatically improve the volume and vitality of the midface. Chin implants are generally performed in conjunction with our NYC rhinoplasty to ensure a harmonious and balanced profile, and may be accompanied by liposuction of the neck for a more comprehensive lower facial makeover. Available in a wide array of sizes and shapes, all implants are extremely flexible and perfectly complement the natural contours of the skin for a seamless outcome.

While fillers and injectables represent a less invasive approach to chin and cheek augmentation, clients interested in revitalizing their facial volume will find that results achieved via these methods lack the definition and projection accomplished through implants.

Chin and Cheek Augementation

The difference

As a double board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Kwak has performed thousands of successful implant surgeries, and has a keen, artistic eye for the procedure that will best suit each unique face. As a physician who has traveled the globe studying with the world's most trusted surgical authorities, Dr. Kwak has gained a deep understanding of the subtle intricacies associated with each culture's anatomy. Clients from all ethnicities and backgrounds will find that Dr. Kwak achieves results unrivaled by his peers.

Each chin or cheek augmentation procedure begins with an in-depth consultation in Dr. Kwak’s NYC office. Factors such as your age, previous surgeries, anatomy, and of course your goals and desired outcomes are all factored into Dr. Kwak’s treatment plan. Once he is assured of the best course of action, the doctor will present a clear roadmap of what to expect from your surgery. He will never move forward until you both are on the same page regarding expectations, and will take all the time needed to make sure your questions and concerns are fully addressed.

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Details of the implant procedure

Chin and cheek augmentation patients can expect to receive their surgery under general anesthesia or IV sedation, performed by a board-certified anesthesiologist. Surgery typically lasts 1-3 hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure. In both cases, incisions are made within the mouth so as to cause no visible scarring. The chin implant is inserted above the jawbone and then adjusted into position, while the cheek implants are slipped through an incision at the upper gums and then fine-tuned into place. If chin or cheek reduction is required, the doctor will make the same incisions and simply resize and resculpt the bones to refine the profile.

Recovery from chin & cheek augmentation

ESK chin and cheek augmentation clients will find that bruising, swelling and discomfort are surprisingly manageable, and can be easily remedied with oral antibiotics and pain medications prescribed by Dr. Kwak and his team. Chin surgery clients may require a soft foods or liquid diet for several days as they heal, as chewing can irritate the newly adjusted tissue and muscle. Vigorous activity or exercise is discouraged for the first few weeks, but these can soon be resumed along with a normal work schedule within about 10-14 days. Remember that although your fabulous results may be visible right away, they can continue to improve for up to six weeks as your swelling gradually reduces.

Chin and Cheek Q&A

Weak Chin

Q: I'm a 35-year-old man who has a very receding chin. I don't believe it's caused by genes. Me and one of my sisters were both "strangled" by the umbilical cord, causing less blood to head and brain. We have weak chins. My head was always small but the skull has grown okay, while my chin never developed. During puberty I had issues with head size and didn't chew my food good (because it made head appear smaller). May have contributed. How pricey would an operation be? Are my wishes reasonable?

A: Chin implant and possibly submental liposuction. Thank you for sharing your photos. Based upon these photos, you would possibly benefit from a chin implant and submental liposuction. Your concerns are common especially with people who have your similar chin and neck anatomy. I would recommend an evaluation with a facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon.

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