Facial implants are a safe, effective procedure used to augment certain areas of the face or restore volume lost as a result of aging or weight loss. During this procedure, a soft implant is placed under the skin to enhance the cheeks, chin, jaw or other area of the face. They can also be used to help provide harmony to the facial features and to enhance the results of other facial procedures, such as a chin implant to balance a smaller nose.
Implant sizes and shapes to augment the cheek and chin areas are tailored to each patient's desired appearance. The implants are placed during an outpatient procedure under local or general anesthesia, which usually takes less than an hour to perform. Your doctor will make the necessary incisions in inconspicuous locations to allow for minimal scarring.
These procedures are often combined with other kinds of facial cosmetic surgery such as a facelift, rhinoplasty or blepharoplasty for maximum results. Your doctor will recommend an ideal treatment plan to help you achieve your desired goals during your consultation.
Candidates for Facial Implants
Facial implants are ideal for patients with loosened skin and lost volume within the face, while still maintaining enough elasticity so that the skin can adjust to the new contours of the face. Implants offer more permanent results than other treatments designed to restore facial fullness, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and facial fillers. While these other treatments are less invasive than facial implants, they require frequent touch-up treatments to maintain the results.
As with any other cosmetic surgery, it is important for patients to maintain realistic expectations for their procedure in order to achieve successful results. While cosmetic surgery can help enhance your appearance and improve self-confidence, it cannot completely change the way you look and feel.
Facial Implant Procedure
Facial implants are placed during an outpatient procedure performed under either general or local anesthesia. Incisions are placed in inconspicuous locations, such as inside the mouth, under the chin or under the lower eyelid to minimize scarring. A pocket is created to place the implant into, which is then maneuvered to the proper location on the face and attached to the bone or soft tissue.
Implants used in the face are usually made of silicone or another kind of soft, flexible material that is well-received by the body in most cases. The implants will feel natural under the skin and provide a fuller, more youthful appearance to the face. Most procedures take about an hour to perform, although this can vary if additional procedures are being performed at the same time.
Recovery from Facial Implants
After facial implant surgery, patients may experience soreness, tightness and swelling in the treated area for several days. It may be difficult to eat solid food and practice proper oral hygiene after surgery. Your doctor will provide specific instructions as to how to care for yourself post-surgery.
Most patients can return to work and other regular activities within a week after surgery, and stitches will be removed around this time as well. Swelling may persist for several months as the healing process continues. The results of this procedure will be visible immediately after surgery and will continue to improve as swelling subsides.
Risks and Complications of Facial Implants
Although facial implants are considered safe for most patients, there are certain risks and complications associated with every surgical procedure. Some of these may include infection, reaction to anesthesia, swelling, bleeding and scarring. Most of these risks can be significantly reduced by choosing a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon to perform your procedure.
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