Chin and Cheek Implants
Before & After Photo Gallery of Chin and Cheek Implants
Chin and cheek implants offer long term facial volume augmentation and replacement.
These implants are used to correct volume and structural deficiencies of the face including retrogenia (small chin) and underdevelopment of the cheeks. Where there is lack of facial volume through aging, weight gain and loss, or as a result of medications, they complement other facial cosmetic procedures, adding to a natural appearance and effect.
Their most important and main advantage is their longevity versus injectibles which may only last 12 months or less and must be repeated in order to maintain their results and effects.
What is unique about Dr.Burke’s method of planning and placement of these implants?
Prior to attending medical school and receiving post graduate medical education, Dr.Burke received training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, becoming Board Certified. He was on the faculty of the world’s top ranked dental school, in the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery, attaining the rank of adjunct professor of maxillofacial surgery.
Dr. Burke utilizes skills and methods permitting placement of chin, cheek, mandibular, and other facial implants through an intraoral approach. This completely avoids external incisions and scars. In addition, Dr.Burk fixates these implants (holds them in place) by the insertion of nonferrous titanium screws which do not require removal. These screws are seen in x rays or radiographs, but, being nonferrous, they will not interfere with Magnetic Resonance Scans (MRI’s) if these tests become necessary in the future.
Digital facial imaging is used in preprocedure treatment planning, helping in implant size and style selection.
Digital imaging visualizes facial appearance changes which may occur, aiding in treatment planning and permitting a preview of how your face may appear following the procedure.
Chin implants help correct a receding chin, improving the profile.
Facial volume is lost during the process of aging. The pattern of loss is predictable and is due to specific loss of known facial fat pads. This volume loss starts at age 18 and continues throughout life. Chin and cheek implants replace lost volume, helping to restore a younger appearance. They can also add to a deficient or small size of the cheeks or chin, restoring a more normal facial appearance.
This is a diagram of the fat pads of the face showing their shrinkage and disappearance as one ages.
Chin implants complement rhinoplasty or nasal recontouring. A small chin makes the nose appear larger while a larger chin makes the nose appear smaller.
Transoral Implant Placement:
Dr. Burke places these implants through the mouth (intraoral) , hiding your incisions and avoiding external scars.
This approach is important if one has a tendency to form keloids or excessively large scars. Since healing of a mucosal (intraoral wound) differs from that of the external skin, these scars do not form intraorally.
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Dr.Burke also developed a nonsurgical method of chin augmentation or lifting for those who desire immediate correction, or who would like to see a result on themselves prior to eventually having an implant placed.
This provides an immediate result. Often those who have a weak chin also have extra fat and volume in the front portion of the neck. This can be treated at the same time, either with injections (Kybella) or Smart lipo liposculpture.
This woman was treated with the combination of an immediate chin augmentation or lift (nonsurgically) and Kybella. This result is approximately 3 weeks following outpatient treatment. She returned to work immediately following treatment.
Cheek implants help replace lost cheek volume. This lost volume makes one look older as facial skin begins to sag and skin folds deepen. Volume enhanced cheek contour helps minimize the appearance of facial asymmetry and correct many of the facial signs of aging. A recent option that Dr.Burke uses is replacement of cheek volume by a more permanent filler, Bellafill, avoiding surgery. This simple injection procedure can be completed during your lunch break.
Cheek volume replacement complements other facial cosmetic procedures such as rhinoplasty, facelift, eyelid lift, and forehead lift. It also helps complete the Silhouette Instalift, a scarless facelift for those wishing to avoid invasive surgery.
Who is a Candidate (Chin implant)
- If you have a receding chin.
- If you have a chin that looks too small in comparison with other facial features.
- Desire for increased chin prominence.
Who is a Candidate (Cheek implant)
- If you have a desire for more prominent cheek contour.
- If you have noticeable facial asymmetry.
- If you have loss tissue volume in the mid facial area with sagging and unsupported soft tissue and skin.
- Both procedures are usually done on an outpatient basis under conscious sedation.
- Incisions are made inside the mouth, avoiding external scars.
- Biologically inert, pre shaped implants are placed next to the bone.
Recuperation and Healing
- The patient goes home with a pressure dressing placed over the area of surgery.
- Discomfort is usually controlled with oral medication.
- Sutures in the mouth usually dissolve.
- Additional procedures that may enhance the result are: facelift, eyelid lift, eyebrow lift, rhinoplasty, liposculpture of the neck, laser skin resurfacing.
- The specific risks and suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.