IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE BEST POSSIBLE RESULTS, THE PATIENT AND DOCTOR MUST WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM.
Cheek and chin augmentation or implants are outpatient procedures at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center. Immediately after surgery, the face will be fitted with bandages, taped, or otherwise secured in order to speed the recovery process and to reduce swelling. Keeping the head elevated during the initial recovery phase is also important. Patients may experience some swelling and bruising of the face which can be eased by using cold compresses. A liquid diet may be required for a few days, as chewing may be difficult.
Most patients are able to return to work just days after their chin implant or cheek implant surgery. You can exercise or engage in other strenuous activities after two weeks. For an incision inside the mouth, dissolving sutures are used. If the incision is under your chin, the stitches will have to be removed after one week. You may experience some tightness, bruising, and swelling for a couple of weeks after the procedure. Pain medication will be subscribed to relieve any discomfort, and elevating the head, as well as applying ice packs, can also bring relief. You may have difficulty smiling and talking for the first few days. You will see the final result of implant procedures after all of the swelling resolves (from one to three months after surgery). Implants may feel strange for a period of time, and you may experience a few odd sensations such as tingling.
Some patients find that their chin implant or cheek implants significantly changes the shape of their face. Because this can take some getting used to, Dr. Summers usually recommends that any modification of existing implants only be undertaken after one year.