Facial Implants involve the insertion of chin, cheek or jaw implants to change the shape and balance of the face.
How is the surgery performed?
During the procedure, the surgeon selects the proper size and shape implant to enhance your appearance and inserts it into pockets created at the implant site. The incisions for these implants are usually placed inside the mouth unless you are having other face lift procedures done - in this case the implants may be inserted through the incisions made for those procedures.
After surgery, dressings will be applied to minimize discomfort and swelling. Sutures in the skin will be removed in five to seven days. If an intra-oral incision is used, the sutures will dissolve.
How long does the procedure take?
The operation may take anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple hours, depending on the extent, location and number of implants being placed.
How long is the recovery time?
With any facial surgery, you may feel and look better in a short period of time. However, it may not be advisable to participate in certain activities, especially activity that may result in the face being jarred or bumped, for several weeks.
Am I a good candidate for Facial Implants?
If you are seeking improvement in your appearance and are realistic in your expectations, you may find that a facial implant is the right choice for you.
Implants are utilized to bring better balance to the features of a younger patient. More mature patients may choose to have an implant placed in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure. During a face lift, a patient may wish to have implants placed over the cheekbones to help restore a more youthful appearance. Implants may also be selected to fill out a face that appears "sunken" or tired.
From what materials are Facial Implants made?
There are many implants available, manufactured from a variety of materials, some are made of a solid silicone. Currently there is no scientific evidence that this is a harmful substance. Your plastic surgeon will be happy to discuss any current scientific findings concerning the type of implant you're considering.
When you discuss your surgery with your plastic surgeon, be certain that you clearly express your expectations for final results. Your plastic surgeon will help you determine what is possible to achieve and it may be helpful to provide your surgeon with photos of people who have facial features similar to those you would like to have.
If the surgery will entail an incision inside your mouth, it is important that you inform your physician if you smoke or if you have any dental or gum problems.
In preparing for your surgery, be sure to find out if you'll be able to drive home afterward or will require transportation. You should also ask if you'll need to refrain from eating or drinking the night before your surgery, and if you should stop taking any medications, including aspirin and similar drugs.
Your plastic surgeon will provide you with instructions about post-operative care. You may be instructed to take oral antibiotics both before and after the procedure to help guard against infection. There will be dietary restrictions as well as limitations to your activities. Again, these instructions will vary, especially if another procedure was performed along with your implant surgery. Your ability to smile, talk or move your mouth in any way may be limited for several days to weeks following surgery.
Stitches used to close the incisions inside your mouth usually dissolve within about ten days.
Swelling is sometimes significant immediately following surgery, usually peaking 24 to 48 hours afterward. Although most of the significant swelling will subside over a period of several days, prolonged mild swelling may prevent your final facial contour from becoming apparent for several months.
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