involve the insertion of chin, cheek or jaw implants
to change the shape and balance of the face.
Frequently Asked Questions.
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.
Before your procedure.
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
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.
After your procedure.
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.