Implants can be used to alter the shape of your face, creating your ideal appearance. The implants themselves are solid 3D structures and can be made out of varying materials to achieve different levels of contouring.
Implants are used to create or emphasize desired parts of your face, the goal being to alter the proportions of your face. In doing so symmetry and, by extension, balance in the face is created.
The most popular types of implant procedures include facial contouring and the reshaping of cheeks and chins.
The primary goal of facial implants is to alter your appearance and in doing so, create balance in your face. The jaw, cheeks and chin are the most common areas of the face that receive implant treatment. When implants, which are sculpted prosthetics, are used in these areas it creates symmetry and definition.
Implants are mostly used for cosmetic reasons and are capable of correcting uneven features and creating a youthful appearance.
However, they can also be used for more serious medical procedures to aid in the reconstruction of a patient’s facial features.
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Implant procedures are performed in a hospital or in an outpatient environment. Below are some examples of surgical techniques for different areas of the face.
Typically, a facial implant operation is done via outpatient departments. Factors such as your procedure type, medical history, health, age and preference will all be taken into consideration by your surgeon when discussing your options.
Take the time to learn about the different implant procedures available to you. Make sure to ask your surgeon why they’ve picked a certain type of procedure and technique for you.
Facial implants surgeries are performed under either general anesthesia or local sedation. The time to perform the procedure depends on the type but typically takes anywhere between half-an-hour to two hours.
Make sure you are prepared for your implant procedure by completing these steps:
Post-procedure you’ll have an in-depth discussion with your doctor about the surgery and how you should proceed. Post treatment is centered around healing.
You can expect to discuss things such as the level of activity you’re allowed to do. You will also talk about drains, if you’ve had any put in, and any symptoms you are likely to experience during recovery.
You will be uncomfortable for several days and have to deal with swelling and bruising. These issues can be reduced by using a cold compact to the treated area.
Take into consideration that you may need to be put on a liquid diet for a day or two, depending on where on your face you had the surgery. Your mobility likely won’t be affected, as such, you’ll be able to move about after surgery, even if you’re restricted in what you can do.
Whatever happens it is crucial that you follow the guidelines set out by your surgeon for your aftercare. This can include making sure you care for your drain, if you have one; making sure to wear your compression garments correctly; that you're taking your medication as prescribed and reducing your activity levels.
Your surgeon will advise you on symptoms you are likely to experience post-procedure. They will also tell you what to look out for and what might be signs of surgery complications. Don’t worry about remembering this too much as it’s all written down for you.
Recovery time varies from person to person, and you shouldn’t worry too much if you feel you’re not healing fast enough. On average, a healthy person, with no complications, is back to work a week following surgery.
Anywhere between 2-4 weeks later your appearance should be back to normal. You should be cleared to resume your normal activities about 6 weeks post-surgery.
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Typically, patients will feel some minor discomfort and tissue swelling after the facial implant. Some skin bruising, feelings of numbness or stiffness are also common side effects post-surgery. However, these side effects are temporary in nature and they should subside naturally after some time.
Who are the best candidates for Face Implants?
People that are ideal candidates for facial implants include those lacking a prominent jawline or have undefined cheeks or weak chins.
What types of facial implants are there?
There are several types of facial implants, including:
Nose implants: two things can be achieved by having a nose implant. It can increase your nose tips projection, but it can also be used to widen the bridge of your nose.
How do I know that I am a good candidate for facial implants?
You may want to consider facial implants if:
What will I expect to find my scars from the facial implants?
Incisions are as small and as close to the surgical site as possible, for example:
Tear trough implants: Expect to find incisions around your eyes, these incisions will either be horizontal or vertical. Or you might find incisions in your mouth.
How long will my implants stay for?
Whilst it’s possible for all facial implants to wear-down, they are designed to be a permanent structure in your face. They can be damaged through facial trauma and it’s possible for them to become infected post-surgery, though infections are uncommon. For most patients, facial implants last a lifetime, as long as they are looked after, as such the benefits of facial implants are also permanent.