Facial Implants and Chin Surgery
By careful selection of facial implants, the framework of your face can be permanently enhanced to create facial balance.
At the Henry Ford Henry Ford Center for Cosmetic Surgery we offer several facial implants to enhance your natural beauty:
- Lip: Lip implants increase the volume of your lips for a fuller, more youthful appearance. For the best outcome, these implants can be combined with other lip procedures.
- Cheek: Cheek implants add volume to the sunken areas of your face and can also improve the projection of your cheekbones.
- Chin: You can achieve a pleasing, balanced profile through chin augmentation or by reducing a too-prominent chin. Fatty tissue can be removed for greater definition. Chin surgery is often combined with rhinoplasty for optimal facial harmony.
- Jawline: Jaw implants improve your jawline definition by increasing the width of the lower third of your face to create facial balance.
During your initial consultation you will undergo a thorough evaluation of your facial structures and features. Photographs are taken and your personalized treatment plan is then created and discussed in great detail.
Common questions about facial implants and chin surgery
How is facial augmentation performed?
The length of your procedure will be between one to two hours. You will either receive general anesthesia or local anesthesia with an IV sedation.
Incisions will be placed near the location of your facial augmentation. The implant is then inserted into the incision.
How is chin surgery performed?
An incision will be placed inside your mouth and beneath your lower lip. Your surgeon will use bone-contouring instruments to reduce your bone size. Chin surgery can also be performed in combination with other procedures, like cosmetic nose surgery (rhinoplasty) or a facelift.
How long will my results last?
Your final results will be noticeable four to six months after surgery when swelling subsides. These results are long-lasting.
Before your facial implant surgery
It is important to follow these steps in order for you to have long-lasting results:
- Build healthy habits. This includes developing healthy eating habits, sleep patterns and exercise routines.
- Quit smoking. Try to cut back on your smoking habits prior to surgery.
- Stop all of the following medicines two weeks before your surgery: aspirin, anti-inflammatories (Motrin, Advil) and herbs.
- Discuss with your surgeon any other pre-procedural care you may need.
After your facial implant surgery
When recovering from your surgery it is important to be aware of the following:
- If you received an anesthetic, you may be mildly groggy and dizzy.
- There will be a slight oozing of blood from the incision lines during the first 24 hours.
- Apply cold compresses for the first 48 hours after surgery to reduce swelling.
- Elevate your upper body and head when resting.
- Avoid sun exposure for the first few weeks.
- Avoid strenuous activity for one week after surgery.
- Discuss with your surgeon any other post-procedural care you may need.
Call your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room if you develop any unusual symptoms, such as:
- Shaking chills and/or fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit
- Persistent bleeding
- Excessive pain or swelling