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Facial Implants

Facial Implants

A facial implant is a procedure in which synthetic materials, such as silicone, are used to provide cosmetic definition to the face, and typically performed on a patient’s chin, cheeks, and/or jaw. These implants are crafted to the patient’s needs, although alternatives can include injectable fillers. A facial implant is designed to add body, contour, and structure to the face for aesthetic enhancement.


Who is a Candidate for Facial Implants?

  • Patients who would like to enhance their features
  • Patients who have realistic expectations for their outcome.

Who is not a Candidate for Facial Implants?

  • Patients who smoke may possibly not be suited for this procedure
  • Patients with various health issues. 
  • Patients with unrealistic expectations for their procedure.

Intended Results for Facial Implants

  • The intended result for this procedure is to enhance an individual’s facial features and create a balanced appearance on their face. 

Chin Implant Procedure Description

  • Depending on the patient and the type of procedure being performed, either local or general anesthesia is used. The surgeon will decide which to use based on the needs of the patient.
  • Incisions are made in the mouth, lower lip, or under the chin.
  • The implant is inserted into a pocket made within the facial tissue.
  • The site is closed with sutures. Additionally, there may be bandaging or taping of the area. 

Cheek Implant Procedure Description

  • Depending on the patient and the type of procedure being performed, either local or general anesthesia is used. The surgeon will decide which to use based on the needs of the patient.
  • Incisions are made within the mouth, on the upper lip, or lower eyelid.
  • The implant is inserted into a pocket made within the facial tissue. 
  • The site is closed with sutures. Additionally, there may be bandaging or taping of the area. 

Jaw Implant Procedure Description

  • Depending on the patient and the type of procedure being performed, either local or general anesthesia is used. The surgeon will decide which to use based on the needs of the patient.
  • Incisions are made inside the lower lip or the mouth.
  • The implant is inserted into a pocket within the facial tissue. 
  • The site is closed with sutures. Additionally, there may be bandaging or taping of the area. 

Healing and Recovery for Facial Implants

  • The recovery phase for facial implants varies from patient to patient. Most patients can return to work or play in 1-2 weeks. Further healing changes occur for 6-12 weeks.
  • Changes are noticeable almost immediately, however the final result will be covered by the initial stages of swelling and bruising.
  • Facial movements may be restricted temporarily and it is important to avoid any excessive force or contact with the site of surgery during the recovery phase.
  • Dissolvable stitches are commonly used, otherwise sutures are removed within 2 weeks of the procedure.

Notes

The specific risks and suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation with your cosmetic surgeon. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.