Facial implants are cosmetic enhancements used to restructure the framework of the face. Implants can better define the angles of the face and also augment facial shape to provide better symmetry and proportion. There are many common reasons for undergoing facial implant surgery, including:
- Define weak jaw lines
- Augment flat cheek bones
- Enhance a small chin
A patient undergoing facial implant surgery should have realistic expectations of the results and his or her appearance following the procedure. Implants can be used to subtly enhance existing facial features or change the appearance of the face entirely. Whatever a patient’s goal may be, facial implants should deliver structural balance and contouring that appears natural and proportionate to the face.
Any area of the face can be augmented with facial implants, though the chin, cheeks and jaw are the most common surgical sites.
Chin Implants – implants are placed through an incision on the inside of the lower lip or beneath the chin. The implant is secured to bone or surrounding tissues in a procedure that takes approximately half an hour.
Cheek Implants – implants are placed through an incision made on the inside of the mouth or the inside of the lower eyelid.
Jaw Implants – implants are placed through an incision on the inside of the lower lip.
Facial implant surgery is a relatively simple procedure that is typically performed in an outpatient setting. Before facial implant surgery, a surgeon will interview the patient to assess eligibility for the procedure. Implants are designed for healthy adults who do not use tobacco and have healthy reasoning for altering their appearances.
Depending on the nature of the procedure, patients may either be awake under a local anesthetic or asleep under general anesthesia. Most facial implant surgeries take no more than one hour, although some are complete within just a few minutes. Multiple implants take longer to place than single implants, but the majority of patients can go home the same day regardless of how many implants are placed. It is common for patients to experience swelling, tightness, and soreness in the days and weeks following surgery, though discomfort may be managed with pain medications.