A facial implant is a solid, biocompatible material used to enhance or restore the physical structure of the face. It can enhance and restore volume and structure. The most common areas for facial implants are the chin or jaw. Chin implants are used to give more projection of your chin and give improved facial balance. Jaw implants increase the width of your lower face and also give improved balance in the right individuals.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Facial Implant?
Healthy nonsmokers who have a specific goal in mind are the best candidates for facial implant surgery.
How is the Procedure to Place a Facial Implant Actually Performed?
Plastic surgeon Robin Evans, MD places facial implants under a general anesthetic. For chin and jaw implants, the incision is typically made inside your mouth to best hide the scar. Dissolving sutures are used.
What are the Risks of Facial Implants?
The risks of facial implants include the general risks of infection, bleeding, scarring, changes in skin sensation and a general anesthetic. Specific risks include damage to nerves and muscles that make be temporary or permanent. As well, there is a possibility of both firmness of the implant and shifting of the implant. As with any operation, there is always a risk of needing some form of revision surgery.
What is the Typical Recovery after Facial Implant Surgery?
The operation itself is not particularly painful. Patients typically take pain medication for the first few days as the incisions are healing. The results will be immediately noticeable. However, over the first week there is swelling that sets in and typically takes a few months to resolve completely.