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Genetic nuances and the natural processes of aging can cause the prominence of your facial features to fade over the years. This is even more likely to occur if you’ve had significant changes in body composition. Skin aging and decreased exfoliation can also influence the appearance of your skin, causing sallowness in the skin around the cheeks and chin.

If a facelift isn’t fully warranted to address the issue, Dr. Julie E. E. Kupersmith MD might suggest cheek or chin implants. This is a minimally invasive treatment that can be administered at Julie Kupersmith MD, PC in a single outpatient appointment. This often requires full sedation, so you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home while the sedative effect slowly dissipates.

To install the implants, your surgeon will make small incisions in the natural creases around your cheeks. Small pockets will be made in the local tissues. Then, biologically safe implants will be gently inserted and the skin will be carefully sutured to minimize postoperative scarring.

Chin implants can sometimes be installed through the mouth with a careful incision a few inches below the lip. Then, a pocket will be formed in the underlying tissues and the soft, biologically inert implant will be inserted.

During the recovery process, you might feel some tension in your cheeks and chin. You might also experience some minor bruising or inflammation. To help you maintain comfort through the recovery process, Dr. Julie E. E. Kupersmith MD might prescribe some anti-inflammatory or pain management medications.

It would be further helpful to cut back on eating hard foods. The pressure of biting down can sometimes cause minor discomfort. If you use tobacco products on a regular basis, you should strongly consider a cessation program. Tobacco use can have an adverse effect on healing skin. If you had a chin implant through the mouth, it could also cause an infection in the oral incision site.

Any other specific postoperative care considerations or prescription pain medications will be presented to you by your surgeon.

If you live in the New Rochelle, New York, area and you are considering cheek or chin implants for more prominent facial features, you should call 914.235.5171 to set up a consultation session at Julie Kupersmith MD, PC.