Facial Implants

English: Sublabial incision through which peri...

English: Sublabial incision through which periosteum of maxilla is elevated in an endoscopic midface lift (rhytidectomy). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Facial implants are available in many different sizes, shapes and styles for the many different parts of the face;  the nose, the chin, the jaw, the cheek, designed to either add to, or to restore the proportion and contours of the face. They are sometimes used for augmentative purposes, or alternatively for reconstructive and rejuvenating purposes.

Facial Implants – The Procedure

Although the specific procedures used for facial implants depending on which part of the face is going to be augmented, rejuvenated or reconstructed, the basic principles apply. The plastic surgeon will make a small incision close to the area where the implant is to be placed, in a natural crease or just inside the mouth at the junction of the gum and the lip, then make a pocket from facial tissue in which to place the implant before stitching up the incision. The incision will then be taped or bandaged until the stitches or sutures are removed between a week and 10 days later (if the incision is made inside the mouth then dissolving sutures will be used. It is very common for facial implants to be used at the same time as other cosmetic procedures are taking place . . . eyelid surgery, nose surgery or face lifts for example.

The Benefits of Facial Implants

  • You can usually return to your normal daily activities pretty quickly, even work within about a week.
  • A facial implant will add a more aesthetically pleasing profile and contour to the face.
  • The results of facial implants are generally permanent.

Facial Implants – Other Stuff to Think About

  • Facial implants, just like any other surgical procedure is not without potential risk, infection might occur for one thing, and in cases of persistent infection the only answer may be to remove the facial implants.
  • Facial implants may shift, it doesn’t happen very often but it can and does happen. If your facial implant does shift and become misaligned then you might need to undergo another procedure to have it repositioned.
  • You may (well, okay, you probably will) have some mild to moderate discomfort for a few days after the facial implant procedure, post operative swelling and bruising is perfectly normal.
  • You must avoid any type of strenuous activity for at least 4 or 5 weeks after your facial implant procedure.

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