When do people consider facial implants?
People consider facial implants for various reasons
- If they have a weak receding chin and wish to improve their jawline
- If they wish to enhance the definition and fullness of their chin
- If they wish to restore contour and proportion to their facial structures made deficient by aging
- If they wish to correct facial asymmetry or deformities resulting from injury or congenital conditions
How do I prepare for this procedure?
After your consultation and decision to have the surgery, your surgeon will walk you through a detailed explanation of how to prepare for this type of procedure. Facial implants are usually performed on an outpatient basis. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you through the first night.
How will I look and feel immediately following the procedure?
After the procedure, you will experience postoperative bruising and swelling, with mild to moderate discomfort for a day or two. A cold compress can be applied to reduce swelling bruising and pain that you may be experiencing. It is crucial to follow the post-surgery care recommended by your doctor. Within the first weeks you, you should be able to return to work and other normal activities. You may be restricted to a soft diet and the position that you sleep in might be affected during this time as well. After four to six weeks, and with permission from your surgeon, physical activity can be resumed if you feel that you are up to it.
How long will the results last?
Facial implants are essentially permanent. Most patients can expect a lifetime of improvement after facial implant surgery. It is important to retain a relationship with your surgeon in case you have any questions along the way that you need to ask.
What are my options?
Facial implants for the chin are available in solid silicone rubber. Standard four mm commercial shells are suitable to produce natural augmentations in most patients. For a more subtle effect, some patients choose a three mm shell. For patients who desire a more dramatic effect, a five or six mmm shell is used. Custom-designed implants can also be created; in that situation the procedure is longer and more expensive.