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Michael Eisemann, M.D.

Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center
6550 Fannin
Suite 2119
Houston, Texas 77030

P. (713) 790-1771
F. (713) 790-0575
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Chin & Cheek Implants - Houston, TX

Beauty may only be skin deep. But, for centuries, well-defined facial features have been considered traits of natural beauty. Prominent cheek bones and a strong chin provide balance and definition. For those seeking these natural marks of distinction, make-up was their only option to achieve this look.

Now, thanks to modern technology, there is a safe, permanent method to correct a receding chin and provide those high cheekbones sought after by men and women worldwide. Chin augmentation, or mentoplasty, and cheek implants, or malar augmentation, are performed Dr. Eisemann to provide a more vibrant and attractive look of distinction. These procedures can also benefit those with asymmetries or congenital defects.

Dr. Eisemann often recommends chin augmentation with implants for patients undergoing Rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) to achieve better facial balance. In patients 38 - 50 years old, cheek implants can improve the midfacial contour and restore sagging midfacial soft tissues, thus postponing the need for a facelift. For some patients undergoing a facelift, cheek implants can ensure longer-lasting results.

Are chin and cheek facial implants for you?

During your initial cosmetic consultation, Dr. Eisemann will assess the nature of your facial structure and discuss your concerns about your face, your goals and expectations, and explain the probable outcomes of your procedure.

We will show you several before and after treatment photographs of patients having similar facial structure, and we will explain the treatment you can expect to receive. Before and after photos will also be taken of your face to document your results.

Are chin and cheek implants safe?

Facial implants have proven to provide a safe, predictable, low-cost, low-risk cosmetic surgical procedure. To date, millions of facial implants made from non-toxic materials such as silicone, porous polyethylene and expanded polytetra-fluoroethylene (ePTFE) have been implanted, with no reported cases of allergic reaction.

The implants, designed specifically for use in the midfacial cheek area and the chin come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. These implants can be custom-trimmed by your surgeon for a more natural fit.

The chin and cheek implant procedure

Both chin and cheek implantation procedures can be performed under IV sedation with local anesthesia at the Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center on an outpatient basis. They can also be performed using general anesthesia at the hospital, as an outpatient or with an overnight stay.

After cleansing and preparing the area, Dr. Eisemann will place small incisions in a natural crease line under the chin or inside the cheek. The implants are placed through the incision and into position. The incisions are then closed using tiny sutures.

What about insurance for chin and cheek implants?

Most health insurance does not cover procedures considered cosmetic. However, when implants are used to correct a defect, or for reconstructive purposes, they may be covered in part or in whole. It is your responsibility to check with your insurance provider for information on the degree of coverage. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding payment arrangements.

If you have been wondering if having more distinctive facial features might enhance your appearance and improve your self-confidence, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Eisemann.

How will my face feel after my chin and cheek implants are in?

After Dr. Eisemann performs cheek augmentation, you can expect some discomfort, aching and some numbness along with some temporary swelling. Keeping your head elevated and applying cold compresses during the first 24 hours will help keep this to a minimum. Post-operative discomfort can be controlled with oral pain medication. Chewing food and brushing your teeth might be a little uncomfortable for a week to 10 days.

After Dr. Eisemann performs chin augmentation, a dressing will be applied to cover the area for about 3 days. Post-operative discomfort can be controlled with oral pain medication. Keeping your head elevated and applying cold compresses during the first 24 hours will keep swelling to a minimum. A soft food diet may be required for a few days as chewing may be limited. All swelling should be gone within 6 weeks. External scars are minimal and will fade significantly over time. Strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks.