Often overlooked, the chin is an important feature for facial balance and proportion. If your chin is too weak or too prominent, we can change the underlying structure and correct it. Dr. Younger’s chin surgery procedures in Vancouver are designed to add balance for a more harmonious and aesthetically-anchored facial profile.
As one of Canada’s leading facial plastic surgeons, he’s operated on thousands of happy satisfied patients. Learn about what he can do for you.
Chin Augmentation or Reduction Surgery in Vancouver by Dr. Ritchie Younger
Chin augmentation is an operation that changes a person’s profile by bringing out the chin. It often is performed at the same time as nasal surgery.
Chin reduction surgery involves removing excess bone from the chin button, providing an improvement when the chin protrudes excessively.
If the problem is not the chin itself, but rather the excess skin that has collected under the chin, a facelift may be necessary rather than chin surgery.
Chin surgery procedures
During chin augmentation surgery, Dr. Younger will make an incision inside the mouth and a sterile surgical material that has practically the same consistency as the soft tissues of the chin is inserted and secured with screws just in front of the jawbone. The skin overlying the implant retains its smooth contour, and the implant itself becomes virtually undetectable after a short time. This operation can be combined easily with the removal of fat and a small amount of skin from underneath the chin.
On the other hand, chin reduction is accomplished by using an instrument much like a dental drill, through a small incision in the fold beneath the chin, or through a small incision in the mouth.
Healing time after chin surgery
After chin surgery, some swelling and bruising can be expected. Most of the swelling usually subsides within the first week, the bruising within a couple of weeks. There may be some mild discomfort for a short time after surgery.
Chin surgery results
Significant improvements should be noticed immediately following surgery. The chin will look even more natural and attractive as the swelling and bruising subside in the weeks following.
Dr. Younger gives an overview of chin augmentation surgery and its benefits.
Double Chin Liposuction
Submental liposuction or double chin liposuction is a procedure that Dr. Younger performs in a very select group of patients who have a lot of fat just below their chin. In the era of 1980 to 1990, some clients had a lot of fat taken out of this area, which caused less than stellar results. This was usually done by non-board certified surgeons, who did not understand that everyone needs some subcutaneous fat below the chin to contour the upper neck in a natural way; you may otherwise end up looking gaunt in an unnatural way.
In certain patients, double chin liposuction can be performed under local anaesthesia. Dr. Younger then uses freezing for the neck and lower face before the actual liposuction.
It takes about 1 hour to do this procedure. Clients can go back to work in 3 to 4 days. You may need to wear a compression garment around your chin and neck to keep some pressure on the area and avoid unnecessary swelling. It will take typically 8 to 12 months for things to heal completely.
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As Vancouver’s leading facial plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience and a finely-tuned aesthetic eye for beauty and proportions, Dr. Ritchie Younger has operated on thousands of happy satisfied patients with excellent results.
Dr. Younger’s cheek augmentation procedures are designed to restore a fuller, youthful and natural-looking facial appearance. At Younger Facial Surgery Centre, helping you achieve the best possible outcome is our priority.
Cheek Implants in Vancouver by Dr. Ritchie Younger
One of the most visible facial characteristics of youth and vitality is the fullness of the cheeks. Cheekbones are also responsible for defining the face, highlighting the eyes and contributing to overall facial balance. Unfortunately, not everyone has prominent cheekbones. These people can benefit from cheek augmentation with implants.
Cheek implants augment the mid-face to give fullness, correct underdeveloped cheek bone structure and the loss of soft tissue and fat pad due to aging. They also improve the balance of facial features and reposition the sagging skin upward to fill hollows and depressions. Many physicians liken the cheek implant to scaffolding because it holds up the collapsed soft tissues.
Are cheek implants right for you?
The best way to find out if cheek implants are the right solution for you is to book a consultation with Dr. Younger. He will examine your face, assess your aesthetic and surgical requirements and inform you about the best possible options for attaining the desired results. He will provide the helpful and valuable information you need to make an informed decision.
As with any surgical procedure, individual risks will also be examined, especially those related to medical conditions such as high blood pressure, a tendency to scar, smoking, and any deficiency in blood clotting. Dr. Younger will take a thorough medical history, as well as assess your mental and emotional attitudes toward the surgery.
About the cheek implant surgical procedure
Cheek implants are performed under general anaesthetic. The procedure takes approximately 45 to 90 minutes and can be performed alone or in combination with forehead, eyelid, facelift, nose or chin surgery.
Dr. Younger will start by thoroughly cleansing the face with an antiseptic cleansing agent. To insert the implant, an incision is made inside the mouth. Sometimes, he will use screws to stabilize it.
Dr. Younger will insert an implant of the size and shape that is appropriate for your face. The implants are typically made of a solid, pliable inert rubber. This silastic material has been tested for over 50 years and is used because of its consistency, flexibility, firmness and resistance to infection. Once the implant has been positioned to Dr. Younger’s satisfaction — giving just the right balance and lift — he will close the incision.
Healing time after cheek implant surgery
Cheek implant surgery is not a complicated procedure; therefore, the recovery period is relatively short with many patients resuming normal activities within a few days. As with any surgery, there may be some swelling, minimal bruising or mild pain. You will be given prescription medication to control any discomfort.
You can expect to see the refined, contoured results of the implants gradually emerge after four to six weeks.
Dr. Younger gives an overview of cheek implants and how they are used to balance the face.
Following removal of skin cancers, birth deformities or trauma, many people require their facial features to be repaired and reconstituted back to a resemblance of their original form.
As one of Canada’s leading facial plastic surgery experts, Dr. Ritchie Younger has been performing successful reconstructive surgeries for over 30 years. With Dr. Younger and the Younger Facial Centre team, you can rest assured that you are in very capable, professional and experienced hands.
Reconstructive Surgery in Vancouver by Dr. Ritchie Younger
Form follows function and the goal in rehabilitating any face is to restore normal aesthetics and thus function. Skin grafts and local flaps can be used artfully in one or many operations to reconstruct a distorted nose, ear, eyelid or cheek. The final outcome is improved form and enhanced function.
Dr. Younger is an internationally recognized speaker, teacher, and author in matters of facial reconstruction. He has been a member of the teaching faculty of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery since 1988.
Many people live unnecessarily with scars for years or even decades. Even though scars are permanent and cannot be totally removed, their appearance can be greatly improved. Scar revision can make them less unsightly and less noticeable.
As one of Canada’s leading facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Ritchie Younger has performed both surgical and non-surgical scar revision on thousands of happy satisfied patients. Learn how he can help you.
What is scar revision?
Scar revision is a surgery designed to improve the appearance of a scar. The results depend on the scar’s size, shape, location and the patient’s age, heredity, and general skin condition.
What are the most common types of scars?
Hypertrophic scar: An excessive amount of scar tissue in an incision or wound. The scar itself appears redder in colour and firmer in texture than the surrounding skin and rises above it.
Keloid scar: This type of scar exhibits the same characteristics as the hypertrophic scar, plus one more aspect — it continues to grow and enlarge with time. Areas most likely to develop keloid scars are the earlobes, chin, neck and shoulders.
Please note that Dr. Younger does not treat acne scarring. We recommend contacting a dermatologist.
What procedures can lessen the appearance of scars?
The most frequently used procedures are:
- Excision: Although scars cannot be totally eliminated, scar tissue can be removed and wound edges carefully sutured to create an even, narrow scar.
- Filler injections: Scars that lie in appropriate directions and are narrow, but are depressed, can be filled with Restylane, fat, Gore-tex or other filler substances.
- Steroid injections: Some scars, particularly the hypertrophic and keloid scars, are improved by injection of steroid medication. This medication does not narrow the scar but often will flatten and soften it.
Making your decision
During your initial consultation visit, Dr. Younger evaluates your facial features and discusses any questions and concerns related to the surgery and/or treatment.
Most scars will improve with time and should be allowed several months to mature and completely heal prior to surgery.