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Facial Implants are used to reshape facial contours to improve proportion and profiles. Corrects imbalance caused by injury or hereditary traits.
If you're considering facial implants
Plastic surgeons use facial implants to improve and enhance facial contours. Frequently, these implants will help provide a more harmonious balance to your face and features so that you feel better about the way you look.
There are many implants available, manufactured from a variety of materials. They may help strengthen a jawline or bring the chin or cheekbones into balance with the rest of the face.
This section describes some of the facial implants currently available as well as the techniques for their use. It will familarize you with these procedures but cannot provide all the details which may be relevant to your particular needs.
If you feel that one or more of the procedures described here may be of benefit, be sure to ask your plastic surgeon for more information.
The best candidates for facial implants
Facial implants can enhance your appearance and self-confidence but it won't necessarily change your looks to match your ideal or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.
The best candidates for facial implants are people looking for improvement not perfection, in the way you look. If you are physically healthy, psycologically stable, and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate.
All surgery carries some uncertainty and risks
Facial implants can produce some remarkable changes. Problems rarely occur, but you need to be informed about such possibilities. This section will touch upon a few, but is not intended to provide a detailed or complete inventory of potential risks.
Some of the possible risks that may occur are-infection, a slight shifting of the implant which may require a second operation, bleeding, and risks associated with anesthesia. These and other potential risks and complications will be fully discussed prior to your consent.
Planning your surgery
When you discuss your surgery with your plastic surgeon, be certain that you clearly express your expectations. Your plastic surgeon will help you determine what is possible to achieve.
It is important that you inform your physician if you smoke or if you have any dental or gum problems. Your plastic surgeon will advise you on these matters.
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 surgery, and if you should stop taking any medications, including aspirin and similar drugs. You should be instructed to take oral antibiotics both before and after the procedure to help guard against infection.
Where your surgery will be performed
Your operation may take place in an office-based facility, a freestanding surgical center or a hospital outpatient facility. Sometimes your plastic surgeon may require that you stay overnight. Your doctor will make such a recommendation based on your overall medical condition and whether another cosmetic procedure was performed simultaneously with the facial implant surgery.
Types of anesthesia
In some cases, facial implant surgery may require only local anesthesia combined with a sedative. However, more frequently, a general anesthesia may be recommended.
Chin Surgery- Insertion of a chin implant may take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. During the procedure, the surgeon selects the proper size and shape implant to enhance your appearance and inserts it into a pocket over the front of the jawbone. The small incision to create the pocket and insert the implant is placed inside the mouth (along the lower lip) or in the skin just under the chin area.
Usually, the chin is taped after surgery to minimize swelling and discomfort. Sutures in the skin will be removed in five to seven days. If an intra-oral incision is used, the sutures will dissolve.
Cheek Surgery- Cheek implant surgery usually takes about 30-45 minutes. When cheek implants are being placed in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure, such as a facelift, forehead lift or eyelid surgery, the implants may be inserted through the incisions made for those procedures. Otherwise, an incision will be made either inside your upper lip or your lower eyelid. A pocket is then formed and an implant is inserted.
After surgery, a dressing will be applied to minimize discomfort and swelling. The severity and duration of such side effects may vary, especially if another cosmetic procedure was performed at the same time.
Recovery-Your plastic surgeon will provide you with instructions about post-operative care. There will be dietary restrictions as well as limitations to your activities. You will experience some discomfort and swelling in the affected area for several days. It's normal to experience some temporary difficulty with smiling and talking. Black and blue marks may be visible around the chin and neck area.
Getting back to normal
Remember, 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. It's best to check with your plastic surgeon about such matters.
Your new look
You may not be able to accurately evaluate your appearance for weeks, or perhaps even months. Give yourself plenty of time to get used to your new look.
You may be surprised to find that most people won't recognize that you've had facial implant surgery--only that you look better.
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