What can I expect from a facial implant surgery ?
Facial implant surgery is used to enlarge and improve the contour of facial features like the cheeks and chin.
By putting in implants to a receding or under-sized chin or sunken cheeks, the chin or cheekbones can be brought into a harmonious balance with the rest of the face, giving an overall more defined profile and youthful look.
What happens during surgery ?
Facial implant surgery is performed under local anaesthesia with sedation on an outpatient basis. After the procedure, the patient may rest in the recovery room for a few hours before returning home with a friend or spouse.
Chin Augmentation :
During the ½-1 hour procedure, an incision will be made inside the mouth along the lower lip or made under the chin to create a pocket for the chin implant. The implant is then put directly on the bone. Dissolvable stitches will be used for incisions inside the mouth and removable stitches will be used on the chin.
Cheek Augmentation :
This procedure takes 30-45 minutes. It involves making an incision inside the upper lip for the cheek implants to be inserted and placed on or below the cheekbones. Dissolvable stitches will be used to close the incision. A dressing will then be applied to reduce the swelling.
Cheek augmentation can be performed in conjunction with other facial surgeries like browlift, facelift or lower eyelid surgery. In this case, the cheek implants will be inserted through incisions made for those procedures and no new incisions are necessary.
What are the risks and complications ?
Any incisions made on the skin will be closed along the skin''s natural lines and creases. Therefore, resulting scars usually become inconspicuous as they fade with time. You may experience temporary difficulties in talking or eating which is perfectly normal and should disappear within a week. Swelling and bruising will also subside in 2-3 weeks. In rare situations, a facial implant may be shifted out of place during the recovery period. A second procedure will have to be performed to replace the implant.
Before the surgery ... ... It will be useful for the surgeon if you could bring along some pictures or photographs on the type of facial contours that you would like to have. This helps the surgeon to choose the suitable size and shape of implant that can create the desired result.
Remember to inform your surgeon of any dental or gum problems that you have.
What happens after the surgery ? You will be advised to stay on a soft diet for a few days following the surgery. Any tightness, swelling, bruising or burning sensation is normal during the first few weeks. Your surgeon will also advise you about dental hygiene.