FACIAL IMPLANTS

Your facial features work in harmony to create your overall facial aesthetic. If one feature is out of proportion with the others, it may detract from the balance, and the attractiveness of your face. However, the problem feature can often be easily altered with plastic surgery, giving your face a more symmetrical, proportional appearance. The following procedures are commonly performed to rebalance a facial feature and allow your exterior appearance to complement, and not detract from, your personality.

A small chin or flat cheekbones can seriously affect the way your facial features work together. An imbalance in these bony structures can cause a large nose to look even more prominent. Enhancing your bone structure can improve the balance and symmetry of your face dramatically. Whether you would be best suited with chin implants or cheek implants, our practice can help you decide.

Both chin implants and cheek implants are made from special medical-grade materials that, when placed, look and feel like normal bone. Every year, the availability of synthetic materials used in cheek and chin implants increases, offering patients more options for their surgery. However, we insist that the chin and cheek implants materials we use be proven durable and safe before we introduce them into our practice. In a consultation for cheek or chin implants at our practice, we will show you the various implants materials and explain how each one will work within your facial structure.

Techniques

Chin implants surgery, performed by our surgeon, will last about 30 minutes, and is generally performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. To insert the chin implants, your cosmetic surgeon will make a small incision just under your chin. Then, the implant is slipped into place and your surgeon closes the incision. After only a few hours of recovery time following your chin implants surgery in our surgical center, you will be able to go home.

Oftentimes, the chin implants operation is combined with the removal of fat from the chin and neck area. Technically termed "submental lipectomy," this procedure can eliminate a double chin or the appearance of a "turkey wattle."

Cheek implants surgery requires no external incisions. Your surgeon will make small incisions just above the gum lines of the upper teeth, inside your mouth, so that no scarring will be visible. Then, the implant is slipped into a small pocket over the cheekbone, and the incision is closed. Like chin surgery, cheek implants surgery will take about 30 minutes and be performed under general anesthesia.

Recovery

Chin and cheek implants surgery generally results in some swelling or discomfort in the days following surgery. However, this will diminish and disappear in several days. Your facial plastic surgeon will give you instructions about activities and foods to avoid during your recovery. Because of the nature of cheek or chin implants, which fundamentally change your facial structure, it may take some time to become accustomed to your new look. However, after several months, you should be used to your appearance, and happy with the new balance and proportion of your features.

Characteristics

 

Procedure:

Change the basic shape and balance of the face using carefully shaped implants to build up a receding chin, add prominence to cheekbones, or reshape the jawline.

Length:

30 minutes to 2 hours.

Anesthesia:

Local with sedation, or general.

In/Outpatient:

Usually outpatient. Occasionally overnight hospital stay

Side Effects:

Temporary discomfort, swelling, bruising, numbness and/or stiffness. In jaw surgery, inability to open mouth fully for several weeks.

Risks:

Shifting or imprecise positioning of implant, or infection around it, requiring a second operation or removal. Excess tightening and hardening of scar tissue around an artificial implant ("capsular contracture"), causing unnatural shape.

Recovery:

Back to work: about 1 week. Normal appearance: 2 to 4 weeks. Activity that could jar or bump face: 6 weeks or more.

Duration of Results:

Permanent


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