Chin Augmentation / Reduction
Chin Augmentation can be done either by using solid implants or with the use of fillers tailored to fit the patient’s profile. This in turn will make a retruded chin in perfect balance with the nasal profile. Reduction involves bone resection either taking care of length, projection or both.
Cheek Augmentation / Reduction
Cheek Augmentation entails placing of well carved solid implant to give fullness and projection to the flat cheek bones. Infiltration of fillers can elevate as well but you will need at least 3-4 ml of the filler to get a fairly high cheek projection.
Lip Augmentation / Reduction
Lip Augmentation is used to increase the fullness of the upper lip, the lower lip or both. Fillers can be used as well as sheet implants. The ease of injecting fillers makes it popular but the only drawback is that, it’s not permanent. With the advent of Ellanse, fillers tend to last up to 4 years.
Incisions made inside the mouth attaching part of the skin to the deeper muscular structures will create dimples on the cheeks, however this is visible even if the patient is in the relax facial state for at least 3-6 months.
At Dr. Amy Anti-Aging and Cosmetic Surgery Center, the procedure usually starts with a comprehensive and individualized approach to Chin/Cheek/Lip Surgery, noting the patient’s concern and safety as the top priority. Patients are then evaluated giving emphasis on their present medical conditions. Allergies, bleeding problems and medications taken are to be reviewed and when needed a cardio-pulmonary clearance will be required. Certified expert doctors will then provide you with the comprehensive information you need for you to decide on the perfect procedure that would match your concern.
What to Expect if You have a Chin/Cheek/Lip Surgery:
Anesthesia: Local, Sedation or General
Location of Operation: Hospital
Length of Surgery: 45-60 minutes for implants, 15-20 mins for fillers
Length of Stay: Outpatient (Home on the same day)
Discomfort: Mild to moderate pain under medication for 2 days
Medications/Smoking: (Aspirin, Vit. E, Gingko Biloba, etc.) Stop at least 10 days prior to surgery and resumed 2 weeks thereafter. Antibiotics may be prescribed.
Swelling and bruising: Will be mostly gone 10-14 days for implants, 3-7 days for fillers, cold compress will help.
Dressing/Bandages: No bandages required
Removal of Stitches: Usually absorbable sutures are placed, if non-absorbable usually removed on the 5th day.
Complications: Low risk such as prolonged swelling, bleeding, infection and extrusion of the implant which may require its removal, implant displacement, asymmetry.
Return to Work: You may do so 2-5 days, appearance is you’re only limiting factor
Exercise: May be resumed on the 3rd week
Sun Protection: At least 3 months with SPF 15 or higher
Final Result: Seen 1-2 months for implants, 2 weeks for fillers
Average Cost: Available upon request