Facial Implants

Facial implants are specially formed solid materials compatible with human tissues, designed to enhance or augment the physical structure of your face. The precise type and size of facial implants best suited for you requires an evaluation of your goals, the features you wish to correct, and your surgeon’s judgment.  If you are bothered by a small chin, weak jaw, or lack of facial contour or hollowed cheeks, plastic surgery with facial implants may benefit you. Facial implants are one of the few procedures in facial plastic surgery which is “permanent” yet changeable if desired.

While any area of your face can be augmented with implants, the cheek or malar area, chin, and jaw are the most common sites for facial implants.

Prior To Surgery

Prior to surgery, the doctor will consult with you to discuss facts about the surgery as well as recommended preoperative and postoperative care. In addition, we will utilize photographs and digital imagery to project your post surgery appearance. This will give you an idea of what your eyes will look like once the procedure has been completed.

The doctor will explain all of your options in detail including your options for anesthesia. We also offer instructions to ensure your surgery goes smoothly such as refraining from Aspirin in order to prevent excessive bleeding. You will be provided with a prescription for antibiotics in order to reduce the potential for infection.

Recovery

Mild to moderate swelling and bruising is normal and may last 7-10 days. Swelling may be the most severe 2 to 3 days after the procedure. The bruising often descends from the cheeks and onto the neck. Sometimes the bruising extends down to the collar bones. These areas can be easily covered with make-up. Approximately 80% of the swelling will resolve in 2 – 3 weeks.