Plastic Surgery Procedures

Facial Implants

Facial implants are a great option to enhance your facial features. You can achieve a more youthful appearance and improve your appearance with facial implants. Implants are most commonly used to enhance the cheeks, chin, jaw line and other areas of the face and can correct disproportionate features. This will improve your self-confidence.

You are a good candidate for facial implants if you are in good general health, are a non-smoker and have realistic expectations of what surgery can do for you.

You can receive implants in several areas of the face to correct and enhance facial features. You may choose to receive a chin implant if you have a small chin that is not in proportion with your forehead. A chin that has a weak contour can be corrected with a chin implant.

Cheek implants can enhance your cheeks by adding volume.

You may decide that a jaw implant is right for you if your jawline is not well defined or isn't distinguished from your neck. A weak jawline may appear out of proportion and can also make you look overweight. An implant can correct these problems.

Your doctor can help you in determining your goals. He or she will help you decide which facial features you should enhance or correct.

During your consultation, your doctor will determine what you want from surgery and will help you decide if your goals are realistic. Your doctor will also need to know your complete medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery. Therefore, you will need to tell your doctor about any past or present medical conditions, previous surgeries, allergies and medications you are currently taking. Also, lifestyle habits, such as smoking, can negatively affect surgery and recovery. So, your doctor needs to know if you smoke and drink alcohol. Your doctor will examine your facial features and may take photographs for your medical records. Your doctor will then discuss your options for surgery and recommend a course of treatment.

Before your surgery, you may be required to alter or discontinue use of current medications. You may also need to have lab work completed. If you are a smoker, your doctor will ask you to stop smoking a couple weeks before surgery as smoking can cause complications during and after surgery. You should have your prescriptions filled before surgery so that they are available immediately following surgery. You may receive prescriptions for pain medicine and an antibiotic, and it will be helpful for you to have these available when you go home for recovery.

Your decision to have facial implant surgery is a personal one and you should take into consideration the risks involved. The most common complications arising from surgery are the risks of infection and a reaction to anesthesia. Your doctor may require you to begin taking an antibiotic prior to surgery to reduce the risk of infection. It is very important that you give your doctor a complete medical history which will reduce the risk of you having a reaction to anesthesia and will reduce other risks as well. Although rare, there are other risks involved such as asymmetry, blood clots, excessive bruising and swelling, bleeding, nerve damage, scarring and persistent pain.

Once you have been sedated, your doctor will make the proper incisions depending on where the implants will be placed. Once the incisions have been made, your doctor will place the implants. The incisions will then be closed up. You will be able to notice results immediately following surgery. However, it may be several months to see full results.

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