Facial Implants

Facial implants are used to improve the shape of the face. These implants provide a more balanced face which improves the patient’s self-confidence.

There are many implants available, which are manufactured in a wide variety of materials. These implants may straighten the jawlines, bring forward a chin or highlight the cheeks, all of which aid in balancing the face.

What can you expect of a facial implants?

Facial implants may improve your self-esteem as long as you are looking to improve your features, and your are not searching for perfection, with real expectations. If you are looking for these, a facial implants may be the right choice.

These implants are frequently used to achieve a better balance of a young patient’s features. A teenager may need to remodel his/her nose and bring the chin forward so that the features have a better proportion.

Mature patients generally get facial implants along with other treatments; for example, during a face lift implants may be put on top of the cheekbone to provide a more juvenile look. Implants may also be used to improve a face that has a sad or tired look.

Facial implants visibly change facial features. There are issues that may appear after the surgery, but these are very infrequent, nevertheless we must inform the patient that they could happen. The most frequents are:

An implant may slightly move away from its original position, which would cause a second surgery to put the implant in its original position. Infections may arise after any surgery, if one surrounds an implant and it cannot be treated with antibiotics, the implant may have to be removed and replaced later.

It is very important that when you decide you want to undergo a treatment, you are completely certain that your expectations are comprehended. We will help you choose the correct treatment so you can be sure you will get what you are looking for. The doctor can show you pictures of other patients with features similar to those you want.

You must be completely sure that you understand the details of the surgery proposed, including cost and recovery process.

When the surgery has to be done through the mouth, you must tell the doctor if you smoke or if you have dental or gum issues. If that were the case, you will be informed of any risks and the treatment you must follow before the surgery.

You must have somebody to accompany you back home on the day of the surgery. It is also very important that you follow all instructions provided by your surgeon before and after the surgery. In order to prevent infections, oral antibiotics will be administered before and after the surgery.

Where is the surgery done?

This type of intervention is done in the Clinic, you will arrive at the clinic at 8 AM and you will surely be discharged approximately 12 hours after the surgery.

Types of anesthetic

Usually, facial implant surgery only needs local anesthesia, though a light sedative may be used.

Cheekbone or malar implant surgery

A malar implant surgery usually takes between 30 to 45 minutes. When the malar implant surgery is done along with other cosmetic procedures, such as a face lift or eyelid surgery, implants may be inserted through the incisions done for those surgeries. In other cases, an incision is done inside the upper lip or lower eyelid. A pocket is created and the implant is put there.

After the surgery, a bandage has to be worn to minimize a possible edema or discomfort, but it is not possible to predict when an edema could appear. Minor complications are more common when doing more than one surgery at the same time.

Malar implants are generally inserted through an incision in the mouth and are put directly on the malar bone.

These implants come in various shapes and sizes.

Recovery

The patient will be given all the instructions needed for post-operative care. There will be some restrictions in your diet as well as in your regular activities. These instructions vary from one patient to the other, especially if there another treatment is done with the implants. The ability to move the mouth and lips will probably be impeded temporally. The stitches used to close the incisions inside the mouth are removed ten days after the surgery, or they dissolve progressively.

The edema is sometimes very important after the surgery, and it is usually at its maximum effect 24 or 48 hours after the surgery. Most of the swelling will wear off as days go by, still, in some cases the swelling may last longer which could prevent the patient from seeing the final facial shape for several months.

During the recovery phase, the activities and diet of the patient will be restricted. The ability to smile, talk or move the mouth will be impeded for a few weeks. The patient will also be instructed on how to clean his/her mouth and teeth.

Getting back to normal

Remember that with any facial surgery, you will feel better and have a better look in a short time. However, it may not be advisable to perform certain activities for a few weeks, especially those that may affect the areas treated.

Your new look

You may not be able to see the final appearance for several weeks or months. This may happen because of the time the body needs to completely remove the swelling. You must be patient when you assess the results of the surgery, once the final results are achieved you will be amazed. Most of the people will not realize you have a facial implant – they will just notice a renewed and improved aspect.