Facial implants are implants that enhance or change the shape and structure of the face. Cheek, jaw, and chin implants are the most commonly used types of implants in the face. Facial implants are most commonly made of silicon.
Chin implants are used to increase the size of the chin. This makes the chin more in proportion with the forehead or cheeks.
Jaw implants are implants used around the lower third of the face. They increase the width and size of the jaw, and make the angles of the face more pronounced.
Cheek implants are used to add volume to the flesh of the cheeks. They can also be used to enhance the projection of the cheekbones, heightening the face structure.
Facial implants are designed to last a lifetime. They are made of a strong, durable material, and designed to be permanent. Replacements may be needed if there is strong trauma to the face. Facial implants can also be removed if desired.
The cost of the surgery varies from patient to patient, depending on the needs and wants of each specific patient, and the procedures performed. Dr. Hardaway will help you find a procedure and payment plan that suits your needs.
Facial implants are inserted while the patient is fully sedated under general anesthesia. An incision is made on the face, and the implant is inserted through that incisions. For cheek implants, incisions are usually made in the mouth. For chin implants, incisions are made inside the mouth, often in the crease between the lower lip and gums. Chin implants can also be placed through an incision underneath the chin. Chin implant placement can also be performed under local anesthesia. For jaw implants, incisions are made along the jawline and inside the mouth.
The total recovery time varies from patient to patient. Typically, patients can return to work 1 to 2 weeks after recovery, if they do not have an overly physical job. Avoid any excessive contact or force with the surgical site during recovery. Results can be seen immediately, though further changes will take place over the next 6 to 12 weeks as swelling and bruising of the face dissipate.
As with all surgery, there are some risks. The most common risks are swelling, bruising, or discoloration immediately after surgery, as well as scarring. Implants shifting is another risk. Following the doctor’s instructions carefully after surgery will reduce these risks.
Facial implant surgery is best performed on those who have reached facial maturity. It is usually performed on those who are young adults and older.
Someone is a good candidate for the procedure if they:
- Do not smoke or drink excessively
- Are fairly physically healthy
- Have realistic goals for surgery. Dr. Hardaway will work with patients to determine what will be best to meet their needs.