Facial Implants

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Last modified: November 29, 2011

Diane Boerstler
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Facial Implants Defined

Facial implants are used to change the appearance of the patients face by inserting a custom made silicone or other man made prosthetic underneath the skin. The purpose of a facial implant is to rebuild, reshape, and enhance one or more features of the patient's face.

Patients who choose to undergo facial implant surgery often do so in order to re-balance the proportions of the face, or enhance the results of another cosmetic procedure. Facial implants are used to adjust the proportions of the face in order to increase the patients perspective of how beautiful they appear to other people.

Facial implants are designed specifically with the patients end goal in mind. A board certified English-speaking plastic surgeon or cosmetic surgeon can custom design and create almost any facial piece to alter the appearance of their clients face. Facial implants can be added or removed at anytime.

A Good Candidate For Facial Implants

A good candidate for facial implants will be any patient seeking to balance, enhance, or repair their facial features. The ideal candidate will be past the age of puberty and will have reached full adult development. Candidates who have not reached full development may find it challenging to maintain the same facial implant structure as their face continues to change and grow.

Candidates should be in excellent health, and be free of the risk of infection.

Facial Implants Procedure

There are many types of facial implants. Facial implants are commonly made to the cheekbones, chin, jawbone, and nose.

Types of Facial Implants include:

Chin implants
are often requested by patients because they add definition and balance their facial features. Chin implants are a type of facial implants that make the chin more defined. Surgeons make incisions either under the chin or inside the lower lip. Patients will notice immediate results, though may experience mild swelling and soreness. Eating certain foods may be difficult for a brief period following your surgery.

Cheek implants
can enhance cheekbones or recreate structure that has sunken over time with age or illness. Cheeks are a common place for people to receive facial implants. Cheek implant surgery enhances the contours of the cheeks to make patients look more youthful. Hallow cheeks make the skin appear lose and older. Patients who have lost fullness to their cheeks or have never had full cheeks are good candidates for check implants. Cheek implants give more definition to the face and physically improve the way one looks.

Jawbone Implants are used for increasing the strength of the jaw line's appearance. Jaw implants are for people who's jaws are out of balance or who want a more defined jaw structure. Men in particular desire strong and sharp jaw features. Patients seeking jaw should also talk to a dentist specializing in jaw structures to see if they need a reconstructive dentistry or a cosmetic dentistry procedure as well as their chin implants.

Nose implants are for some patients that decide to have additional structure added to their nose through facial implants during rhinoplasty procedures.

Facial implantation is generally performed under anesthesia by a top cosmetic surgeon. With the exception of emergency facial reconstruction, all facial implant appointments are set in advance. The patient will be required to undergo blood tests and a physical to determine their health prior to undergoing any facial implant procedure. Facial implant procedures vary depending on the location of the facial feature being enhanced or repaired.

After the patient undergoes anesthesia an incision is made in the specific region where the facial implant will be placed. The plastic surgeon then creates a pocket underneath the skin, and places the facial implant within that pocket, connecting it with screws and sutures. The pocket is created in a different region of the face based on the type of facial implant. Chin implantation is conducted by making an incision in the inside of the mouth or underneath the chin.

Cheek implants are placed underneath the skin by making an incision underneath the eye, or from inside of the mouth. Jaw implants are placed through an incision on the underside of the chin. Rhinoplasty implants are inserted underneath the skin on the top or side of the nose, depending on  where the nose should be enhanced. 

Recovering From Facial Implants

Recovery from facial implants is expected to take up to four months. The implants must settle into position, and time must be allowed so that the facial features can adjust to the new enhancement. A liquid diet may be required if an incision was made inside of the mouth. Clients must avoid situations in which objects may fly at their face, or they might experience impact.  Vigorous aerobic exercise should be avoided to ensure that the implant remains in place. Results are apparent once there is a noticeable reduction in swelling.

Risks And Side Effects Of Facial Implants

Risks and side effects of facial implants are slight and easily remedied. Pain and swelling at the site of the incision is common. The patients facial skin may feel tight. Some patients find it difficult to eat solid foods for the first few days until the swelling within their mouth diminishes. Antibiotics may be prescribed to reduce the risk of infection.

Cost Of Facial Implants

The cost of facial implants varies greatly across different countries, and depending on the length of  the hospital stay, the type of facial implant, and the fees charged by the facial surgeon. The cost of facial implants can range from as low as $2,000 to well-above $5,000.  

Cheek Implants Surgery (Cheek Augmentation)

The purpose of cheek implants surgery (cheek augmentation) is to elevate the cheekbones by giving a softer and fuller look to your face; increasing the symmetry that results in a more youthful face.

Jaw Enlargement (Jaw Contouring)

Jaw bone implants are used to augment the shape, breadth, and appearance of the jawline in order to create definition or balance out the face.

Nose Implants (Nasal Implants)

Nose implants are used to change the shape, width, or look of the nose in order to achieve a balanced between facial features. The nose is one of the main focal points on the face, and often detracts attention away from other beautiful features if too large, or makes other features appear to large if it is too small. Although rebuilding the nose is a cosmetic procedure, generally performed by top facial plastic surgeons, it is important to note that some nose implants are performed to assist a patient in increasing their ability to breathe normally.

Chin Implant Surgery (Chin Augmentation)

Chin implant surgery or chin augmentation is the surgical use of implants to convey a better balance between your chin and other facial features. Implants intensify the size and projection of a chin that does not project in proportion with the forehead or mid-face. A recessed chin is best described as one that seems to disappear within your neckline. The procedure is very commonly combined with a nose job (rhinoplasty).

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