Before surgery, you’ll discuss the pros and cons with your surgeon and choose implants together. You’ll be informed of the risks and the normal course of action. When inserting a chin implant, a small incision is made under the chin. The incision is usually about 1.5-3 cm long and the implant is placed against the lower and front parts of the jaw. The implant is placed under the bone membrane, which reduces the risk of implant movement. When inserting a cheek implant, two incisions are placed in the mouth over the upper teeth. The implant is placed under the bone membrane, which reduces the risk of implant movement.
When inserting a cheek or chin implant, there are risks of infection which is why you are given antibiotics. Both implants are placed near the sensory nerves on the face and in some cases temporary numbness can occur. The risk of permanent nerve damage is very small. When inserting a cheek implant, your oral hygiene should be good prior to surgery. At the time of surgery, your mouth should be rinsed with antibacterial mouthwash, and also afterwards. The stitches that are put into the mouth are made of threads that dissolve and release automatically. In chin implants, threads that dissolve on their own are sometimes used, and sometimes we use threads that can be removed after about 7-10 days.
After implant surgery on the face, the operated area can be swollen and sore for a few weeks. It can also be discoloured from bruising. It is important to not put weight your face for the first 3 weeks, which means that you have to sleep on your back. With chin implants you’re given tape and a small plaster under the chin. We request that you tape the wound for 2-3 months to reduce the scar.