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Baltimore, Maryland Chin and Cheek Implant Surgery Dr. Adam Summers

Baltimore cheek and chin implant patients have been visiting Dr. Summers at his Maryland Plastic Surgery Center for years to enhance their facial profiles. The following paragraphs offer detailed explanations about the different procedures.


High cheekbones and a strong jaw line are frequently desired by patients. Along with the eyes, the cheekbones and jaw line form the most photogenic aspects of the face. Chin and cheek implants are a great way to enhance your facial profile by improving the overall proportion and balance of the face.

With facial implants the symmetry of the face can be shaped and contoured. Cheek implants (malarplasty), also known as malar (high cheek) or submalar (low cheek) augmentation, can add fullness and definition to the face. Chin implants (mentoplasty) can redefine the profile of the face. Utilizing permanent chin and cheek implants can create a rejuvenated, youthful facial apearance. With a more prominent chin or higher cheekbones, your face will appear more attractive and in better balance to your nose, eyes, and forehead. Friends may notice you look better but will not be able to pinpoint exactly why!

At the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Summers performs cheek and chin augmentation procedures with implants to alter the shape of your cheeks and chin without affecting your current bone structure. The implants are made from various materials that have been used successfully for many years. Other forms of augmentation, such as collagen injections, fat grafts, or bone grafts are possible depending upon the result you seek.

Procedure Goals

Extend or enlarge the chin if the chin is recessed or small.
Create a more defined facial profile if the jaw, chin, or cheeks lack distinction.
Bring the various aspects of the face into proportion.
Round out the cheeks if they are hollow due to heredity or aging.
Improve your cheeks if they are flat or sunken.
Accent the upper cheeks making them appear higher and fuller.

The Procedure:

At the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center, a local anesthetic is typically used for these surgeries, which means you will be awake for the procedure but will feel no pain. Optionally, you may request a sedative to make you drowsy, in which case you should arrange for someone else to drive you home.

Chin Implant:

Dr. Summers hides the scars by making an incision inside your lower lip or under your chin. The implant is then placed in the proper location inside your chin in front of the jawbone , and the incisions are stitched.

Cheek Implants:

With cheek augmentation, incisions are made either inside the mouth, through the lower cheek, or directly below the bottom eyelid on the high cheek. Most commonly, the incisions are made using dissolving stitches inside the mouth so that the scars are hidden.

Both chin and cheek implant procedures normally take anywhere from one-half to two hours.


Cheek and chin augmentation or implants are outpatient procedures at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center. Immediately after surgery, the face will be fitted with bandages, taped, or otherwise secured in order to speed the recovery process and to reduce swelling. Keeping the head elevated during the initial recovery phase is also important. Patients may experience some swelling and bruising of the face which can be eased by using cold compresses. A liquid diet may be required for a few days, as chewing may be difficult.

Most patients are able to return to work just days after their chin implant or cheek implant surgery. You can exercise or engage in other strenuous activities after two weeks. For an incision inside the mouth, dissolving sutures are used. If the incision is under your chin, the stitches will have to be removed after one week. You may experience some tightness, bruising, and swelling for a couple of weeks after the procedure. Pain medication will be subscribed to relieve any discomfort, and elevating the head, as well as applying ice packs, can also bring relief. You may have difficulty smiling and talking for the first few days. You will see the final result of implant procedures after all of the swelling resolves (from one to three months after surgery). Implants may feel strange for a period of time, and you may experience a few odd sensations such as tingling.

Some patients find that their chin implant or cheek implants significantly changes the shape of their face. Because this can take some getting used to, Dr. Summers usually recommends that any modification of existing implants only be undertaken after one year.



Frequently Asked Questions About Chin & Cheek Implants:

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Q: Can I have several procedures performed simultaneously?

A: At the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center, it is very common for patients to have a functional rhinoplasty (e.g. surgery to make it easier to breathe through the nose) at the same time as a cosmetic rhinoplasty.  Simultaneous procedures typically include septoplasty for a deviated septum, turbinectomy to open the inner airway, and nasal valve repair for internal nasal valve collapse.

Also, it is appropriate to have other facial cosmetic procedures simultaneous with a cosmetic rhinoplasty.  For example, in selected patients, a chin implant can tremendously enhance the results of a rhinoplasty.  Similarly, liposuction of the neck can substantially improve a patient’s profile when combined with a rhinoplasty.

Q: Does it matter how old I am?

A: Due to the variety of procedures available in plastic surgery, there can be no blanket rule on age although age will be taken into consideration when planning your operation.  People of all ages have taken advantage of the image-enhancement offered by plastic surgery.  There are even procedures appropriate for young children!  It is important to realize the limitations of plastic surgery.  Plastic surgery cannot “fix” every situation or reverse the aging process.  What is a good procedure for one person may not be an appropriate procedure for another.  We are committed to making your plastic surgery experience a successful one.

Q: What happens during my initial consultation?

A: During your consultation we will discuss your desired changes and expectations, review your medical history and current health, and make an assessment on whether the procedure(s) in question are right for you.  This is a good time to ask specific questions about the procedure so that you are fully prepared, mentally and emotionally, for surgery.  We will discuss the results that can be achieved, with the aid of photos and/or computer imaging.  When a final decision is made, you will need to sign an informed consent stating that you are fully aware and understand what is entailed by your pending operation, including the potential complications and secondary effects.

Q: How long will it take to recover from my surgery?

A: Generally, post-operative instructions call for rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time.  The length of recovery varies with each procedure and is different for each individual.  Bruises usually disappear within a few days, and most swelling is gone in a matter of weeks.  If you follow our post-operative instructions carefully, you will be able to enjoy your normal activities within no time.  Your scars will fade over time but are permanent.  We take care to conceal any scars so that they are barely visible, if at all.  The image-enhancing effects of plastic surgery become more evident over time with certain procedures taking up to a year for your body to fully adjust and settle into its new look.  When you come in for your consultation we can discuss your expected recovery period and any post-operative instructions in detail.

Q: Will my insurance cover the surgery?

A: Insurance providers generally cover costs for reconstructive surgery such as nose surgery to allow for a patient to breathe better.  Therefore, the insurance company may pay a part of the surgical fees.  If your surgery is covered by insurance, pre-certification is required.  We will be happy to assist you with the process.

Note: Insurance companies will not pay for any portion of a procedure that is cosmetic.  Therefore, do not expect your insurance company to reimburse you completely for all of the fees you have paid.  Also, patients are responsible for full payment of their quoted fees prior to surgery.  Reimbursement, when available, will be made by your insurance company directly to you.

Q: What kind of anesthesia will be used?

A: The type of the anesthesia varies with each procedure.  For some procedures, only local anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous (IV) sedation is needed.  This method will allow you to be awake, but insensitive to any pain.  In more complex procedures, general anesthesia is needed and you will be asleep during the entire procedure.  The anesthesia used in your operation will depend on the type and extent of the procedure(s), your age, and the surgeon’s preference.

Q: What other procedures does Dr. Summers perform?

A: Maryland Plastic Surgery is Maryland’s premiere cosmetic surgery center and medical spa. The Center’s director, Dr. Adam Summers, is an expert cosmetic surgeon who uses advanced techniques to achieve natural looking results.  Just 15 minutes from BaltimoreHoward County (Columbia) and Annapolis, the Center specializes in tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)breast augmentationbreast liftliposuctionrhinoplasty, and facelift procedures. © Baltimore Maryland Plastic Surgery Center and Medical Spa.

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