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Chin and Cheek Augmentation

Mentoplasty: Chin Augmentation & Implants

A chin lift is a surgical procedure made to balance the face by giving the chin a more lifted or sculpted look. It can be done with other surgeries as well to give your face a more symmetrical look. Also known as mentoplasty, chin surgery can either include an implant being positioned in the chin, or reducing the size of the chin by performing surgery on the bone. If you have a chin that is off balance with the rest of your face, whether too large or too small, and would like to give your face a more balanced look, a chin lift may be the right procedure for you.


Looking at before and after pictures of patients with features similar to yours and close to you in age can help you better gauge potential results. You are welcome to bring example photos to your consultation with Dr. Lesesne.

During the analysis, Dr. Lesesne will examine the proportions of the face, the type of bite or occlusion, and the soft tissue overlying the chin. In facial symmetry, there is a general ratio of “thirds” involving the forehead, mid face, and lower face. The chin should be balanced in height and width. Laterally the chin should have a harmonious projection in relationship to the lips and the nose. The skin and muscle should not hang from the chin and asymmetry should be minimal.


Chin augmentation can be done with fat grafts or a smooth nonreactive silicone implant. Every implant is carefully customized to each individual patient, giving a natural result. The incision is usually made through the mouth unless there is a contributing issue. Fat grafts work well for smaller augmentation and especially for asymmetry. Both fat graft and implant procedures take 1 hour to complete.

Chin augmentation and implants can be done without IV sedation. Many people are comfortable under regional anesthesia (Novocain) and oral medication. This allows for a rapid recovery and is less expensive.


The recovery time is 1-3 days. Minor bruising and swelling will subside in 3-5 days. If needed, patients can take a mild steroid to reduce swelling. Sutures are dissolvable and need not be removed. Dr. Lesesne will see you 1 week after your procedure for your follow up visit.  

Malarplasty: Cheek Augmentation and Implants

Strong, well-defined cheekbones are often a component of a handsome or beautiful face. When cheekbones are sallow or when the mid-face appears flat, the face can appear tired and reveal signs of aging sooner. Volume and definition can be added to the cheeks with dermal fillers or cheek implants.


Cheek augmentation is done by placing a solid implant through a small incision made inside the mouth. This technique does not create any external scars on the face. Depending on your facial structure, Dr. Lesesne will place the implant directly on top or slightly below of the cheek bone. Dr. Lesesne utilizes his skill and training as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon to customize facial implants for each individual patient. This allows him to create a natural, symmetrical result and more defined facial structure.

Cheek implants are done in our New York surgical suite on Park Avenue using local anesthesia (Novocain). Patients frequently elect to get facial implants in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as face lifts and eyelid surgery.

Recovering from Cheek Surgery

Recovery from cheek implant surgery varies from patient to patient, especially if another cosmetic procedure is performed at the same time. A mild steroid can be prescribed to reduce swelling. Typically, patients can resume normal activities 1-3 days after surgery. As with all our procedures, Dr. Lesesne will provide you with detailed instructions about post-operative care. Sutures will dissolve 10-14 days after surgery.

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