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It is the triangle between two cheekbones and edge of chin that provides the face with a young appearance. With aging that leads to loosening in the area between cheekbones and chin, countenance of face turns to a rectangular structure. Such deformation of the expression on the face is the indicator of an old face. In our society, the cheekbones of people are generally weak. Such structure leads to a strong face that will age later. Considering the beauty criteria, cheekbones must be more prominent.

Therefore, cheekbones must be augmented. In this procedure, cheekbone augmentation can be performed for two purposes. One of these purposes is non-prominent cheekbone structure, and the other is the change in facial tissues due to age. Cheekbones are augmented using various augmentation techniques depending on the person’s condition.

Some people might have problems on the cheekbone while others have problems with the edge of their jaw. Facial implants are used mostly to eliminate such problems. These implants are also used to augment the bones on the face. They are attached to the bones.

Facial implants are used to make small cheekbones more prominent and augment them as well as make the small chin a little bigger. Various other techniques are used to eliminate the problems on the edge of jaw. Chin and cheekbone surgery provides perfect results when appropriate planning is made at a suitable time.

What are the cheekbone augmentation techniques?

Fat transfer method: In this method, fat taken from the person’s own body is injected into the cheekbones on the face. Local anesthesia is used for this operation.

Implant method: This method is preferred in patients with severe flattening in the middle of their face. This is performed under general anesthesia. The access is made through an incision inside the mouth, and implants are placed onto the cheekbones.

The incisions made in the operation that takes about an hour are closed with very tiny aesthetic sutures. A slight tightness felt on the cheeks and a slight tingling are considered to be quite normal after the cheekbone surgery. Painkillers are used for such effects. In order for the bruises and swelling to go away more quickly, it is required to sleep on the back and apply a cold compress on to the site for a few days. These effects vary from person to person. But generally, they intensify as from the 2nd day of operation and totally improve in 10-14 days.

Lift or hanging method from the center of face: In this method, access is made through very tiny holes that are opened from the hairy area on the temporal region. This can be applied in combination with endoscopic methods. There will be no marks after the procedure.

Method applied by means of temporary filling materials: In this method, cheekbones are made prominent by using the temporary filling materials. The disadvantage of this procedure is its failure to provide a permanent improvement. Cheekbones of patients turn back to their original condition within 6-12 months.

What are the complications that might occur after chin surgery?

Complications emerge rarely after this procedure. These are quite small problems. Swelling that might last for a few days following operation is considered quite normal. Even though complications such as slight asymmetry occur during recovery period, the patient will not feel so uncomfortable.

How is chin surgery applied?

In the first examination, chin and face ratios, orthognathic problems that might emerge in teeth, and general growth condition on the face are examined. Radiologic examinations might be performed when required. The Expectations of the patient, general health condition, smoking habits, and medications used are all queried. If the patient is smoking and the medications used have a negative effect on the surgery they must be discontinued a while before the surgery. These precautions affect the recovery of patients positively.

Chin surgery is applied under general anesthesia or local sedation. Implant is placed through the incision opened from under the chin or inside the mouth. If a reduction is to be made, bone is filed. The procedure lasts for about an hour. The opened incisions are closed with tiny aesthetic sutures. Patients are discharged on the same day or following day after operation.

Implants used in chin and cheekbone surgery

While reduction operations are performed by filing and cutting the bones on the face, implants that are determined to be adaptive to body tissues are used in augmentation procedures. These implants can be used in upper jaw bone, lower jaw bone, and cheekbones.

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