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Chin, Cheek, or Jaw Reshaping/Facial Implants

What is chin, cheek, or jaw reshaping?

Plastuc surgery to change the shape of the chin, cheek, or jaw may be performed. This procedure is typically done to enhance certain facial features, or to bring a certain aspect of the face into proportion with the rest of the face. It may also be done to address a defect present since birth, or as a result of a traumatic injury.

For the reshaping of the chin, cheek, or jaw, the surgeon may insert an implant into the area to redefine its appearance.

Possible complications associated with facial implants

Possible complications associated with facial implants may include:

  • Infection. As with any operation, an infection can occur. If this happens, the patient is given antibiotics to clear up the infection. If the infection does not resolve, then the implant may have to be temporarily removed and replaced at a later time.

  • Shifting. A facial implant could move slightly out of alignment, with a second operation becoming necessary to reposition it in its proper place.

Online Medical Reviewer: Dozier, Tennille, RN, BSN, RDMS
Online Medical Reviewer: Lickstein, David, MD
Date Last Reviewed: 2/22/2016
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