A facial implant is a procedure in which synthetic materials, such as silicone, are used to provide cosmetic definition to the face, and typically performed on a patient’s chin, cheeks, and/or jaw. These implants are crafted to the patient’s needs, although alternatives can include injectable fillers.
Using facial implants the surgeon can mimic the facial appearance obtained with more extensive facial skeletal surgeries. Many implant procedures can be done on an out-patient basis. Medications and/or anesthesia are administered for your comfort during surgical procedures. The options include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best option for you.
The specific area to be augmented in the cheek determines where an implant will be positioned on the cheekbone. Cheek implants are most often placed through incisions in the mouth. When performed with other procedures, alternate incisions may be recommended including placement through an incision inside the lower eyelid or one within the hairline.
For a chin implant, the incision may be inside your mouth, along the crease that joins your lower lip and gums. An incision just beneath the chin is an alternative.
Jaw implants are generally placed through the mouth with incisions inside the mouth, back along the jawline at the crease where the inside of your cheek and gums meet. Your incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures or stitches that will be removed within one to two weeks following your surgery.
During your facial implants recovery, bandages or dressings may be applied to keep the surgical site clean and to support the position of the implant so it can speed the healing process once your procedure is finished.
You will be given specific instructions about how to care for the surgical site, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site, or in your general health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.
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