6 May 2012

Cheek and Chin Augmentation

chin augmentation

Cheek and Chin augmentation don’t get enough respect from patients, or sometimes surgeons, but a recent increase in chin augmentation requests reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (and observed anecdotally in our Toronto office) is giving people some cause to reflect. There is speculation that the increased use of Skype and videophones is causing people to take a closer look at themselves, and a closer look at feature enhancement. Chin augmentation is a relatively easy procedure performed with a silicone implant through an incision under the chin. There are variations of the implants intended to mask jowls, or even create a chin dimple. Cheek augmentation with implants carries a higher risk of problems, as the incision through the mouth (or lower eyelid) is problematic, and symmetry is often a problem. Injectable fillers or injectable fat grafts are a much more popular option, with lower risks and down time, and have replaced the use of silicone implants in many practices.

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Michael Kreidstein, MD, MSc, FRCS(C)

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