Today there are many options for chin and cheek implants. Some questions to ask include:
1.) What type of implant do you use?
In both areas, different implant materials are available. Solid silicone, Gore-Tex, and other synthetic substances can be used for implants. In select patients, fat can be taken from the abdomen or thighs and transplanted to the cheeks or chin to produce good results.
2.) What approach is used for chin implants?
When dealing with chin implants, they can be placed either through the mouth or though a very small incision under the chin. Either way, the incisions generally heal very well.
3.) What is the desired result?
Sitting down with the surgeon and determining what you desire after the procedure is probably the most important thing you can do. It is imperative that the patient articulates their desires to the surgeon and the surgeon believes that he/she can produce those results AND produce a natural looking result.
With any implant, whether cheek or chin, several risks are important to note. Infections can occur which may require removal of the implant. There are nerves which supply sensation to the cheek and chin which can be damaged with placement of implants. This can result in temporary or possibly permanent numbness of the areas around the implant. For chin implants, this is important because it can result in lip numbness and sometimes difficulty with drooling.
Overall, implants are very safe and the risks, though present, are fairly minimal. As always, finding a qualified and well-trained physician is important before undertaking any cosmetic surgery procedure.