With age or due to heredity, many inviduals develop a double chin or “wattle” between the tip of the chin and neck. Fortunately, plastic surgery can help to correct this. At Revesse of Toronto, Dr. Robert Mounsey performs chin implant surgery to reduce the appearance of sagging jowls and improve the contours of the neck and chin.
Chin refinement removes localized fat deposits beneath the chin using liposuction techniques. For patients with more advanced sagging in the chin and neck, the neck lift may be more appropriate as it also tightens the neck muscles.
Dr. Mounsey, often does a chin implant at the same time as a rhinoplasty in order to help balance the facial profile.
The Chin Refinement Procedure
Dr. Mounsey may perform chin refinement in the office setting or in one of the hospitals or private clinics in the Toronto area which he is affiliated with. The procedure takes approximately one hour to complete is often performed with local anesthesia and sedation. During the surgery, Dr. Mounsey makes a small incision beneath the chin in a well-concealed location which allows for minimal visibility once healed. Through this incision, he will insert a narrow tube known as a cannula. The cannula is then manipulated which disrupts the fat cells so they may then be suctioned out.
The Chin Refinement Recovery
Recovery following chin refinement is generally minor. Some mild discomfort may result which can be alleviated with medication. As with any surgery, bruising and swelling may also occur but these side effects usually fade within seven to ten days. Most patients are able to return to work within five to seven days.
High cheekbones have always been a desirable feature. For individuals with gaunt or hollow cheeks, cheek augmentation can restore a fuller, more youthful appearance and enhance the natural contours of the face. Cheek augmentation can make the cheekbones appear more prominent which in turn can improve the overall facial balance. This procedure is commonly performed using small implants which are inserted over the cheekbones. Alternately, injectable fillers may be used to temporarily restore volume to the cheeks.
The Cheek Augmentation Procedure
Dr. Mounsey often performs surgical cheek augmentation procedures in one of the hospitals or private clinics in the Toronto area which he is affiliated with. Surgical times average thirty to forty-five minutes and local anesthesia is commonly used. During the surgery, small incisions may be made inside of the upper lip or the lower eyelid. The implant is then inserted through the incision and placed over the cheekbone.
Some amount of swelling and bruising following surgery is normal. Patients may experience decreased ability to move the mouth and lips at first, and restrictions may be temporarily placed on the diet if the incisions were made on the inside of the mouth. Medication can be taken to help alleviate discomfort. Most patients find that they can return to work and most other normal activities within one week.
Cheek Augmentation with Injectable Fillers
Injectable filler procedures are often performed in the office setting with local anesthesia. Dr. Mounsey uses a fine needle to inject the filler into the cheek area. The injection process can take as little as fifteen minutes to complete. While minor bruising or swelling may result, most patients are able to return to work and their normal routine the same or next day.
Commonly used fillers include Sculptra, Radiesse and Juvederm. Fat transfer may also be an option. The duration of results will vary according to the particular filler used. Juvederm often lasts an average of six months, while Sculptra and Radiesse may last up to one to two years.
Related Procedures: Facelift, Rhinoplasty, Revision Rhinoplasty, African American Rhinoplasty, Lip Augmentation, Otoplasty