Facial Implants (Cheek, Chin and Jaw)
What are Facial Implants?
Facial implants are a wonderful way to enhance the structural appearance and improve the overall balance of the face. Facial implants may be used to create a more defined facial profile of the jaw, chin, or cheeks. This surgical procedure can be used to correct the following: extended chin, enlarged chin, recessed chin, small chin, round out the cheeks, augment the cheeks making them higher and fuller, or to bring aspects of the face into proportion.
Areas of Use
Facial implants can be used to improve the defining features of the face, such as: jaw, chin, or cheeks. This procedure is designed enhance the facial profile providing a rejuvenated youthful appearance.
How is Facial Implant Surgery Performed?
During the facial implant procedure, silicone or alloplastic materials may be used as implants. The implant is carved and formed to fit the bone structure of the patients face before being implanted. An incision for a cheek augmentation is made through the mouth or eyelid. A small incision under the chin will be made for a jaw or chin implant. For this procedure patients can undergo local anesthesia or twilight anesthesia. Twilight anesthesia is an IV sedation anesthesia in addition to a local anesthetic. Any facial implant procedure may take 1 to 2 hours to complete.
Facial Implant Surgery Recovery
After a facial implant procedure it may take 1 to 2 weeks before a patient can return to their regular daily activities. Patients may experience some swelling, bruising, and a moderate amount of pain during the healing process. The pain will be controlled with oral medications. While recovering it is best for the patient to keep their head elevated. In some cases it may be difficult to chew and the patient may be required to be on a liquid diet for a few days.
How long do cheek implants last?
Facial cheek implants will not need to be replaced and may last forever. However results may vary due to patient’s skin type and texture.