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Facial Implants

PatientThe plastic surgeons at Amin Plastic Surgery perform a variety of facial implant procedures for our patients. The implants, which are made of a synthetic material, are inserted under the skin and placed directly over the bone to improve the appearance of cheeks, chins, and jaw lines.

Facial implants help patients achieve a symmetrical and harmonious balance to their facial features, and generally improve their facial contours and overall attractiveness.

Types of Implants

Cheek implant surgery entails having a precision-molded, synthetic implant placed over your cheekbones to enhance their appearance. This surgery takes approximately an hour, and can be done at the same time as other elective facial procedures. Generally, the implants are inserted through an incision made in your upper lip, but they can also be inserted through an incision in the lower eyelid.

After you have decided on the shape and size of your implants with your plastic surgeon, they will start your procedure by making an incision and lifting the tissue away from your cheekbone. Once the tissue has been lifted and a tunnel is created, the implant is then inserted where it will rest directly on the cheekbone.

This process provides a seal that will keep the cheek implant secured in place. After the cheek implant is in the correct positioning, it is stitched into place and the incision is sewn up. A light compression dressing or surgical tape may be needed to control swelling and give you extra support following the procedure.

After your surgery, your cheeks will feel stiff and numb. You will likely experience uncomfortable sensations when talking, yawning, and chewing, but should generally feel little pain. These side effects will subside four to five days after your procedure.

You may be asked to restrict your diet to liquids and soft foods for the first week, and will need to rinse your mouth out with diluted peroxide solutions, salt water, or special antibiotic mouthwashes to avoid infection. Depending on what kind of stitches were used to suture your incisions, they will either need to be removed or will dissolve on their own in seven to 10 days.

The scar tissue that will form around your cheek impacts during the healing process is crucial to holding it in place. Due to this, you must avoid any activity that could possibly result in your cheeks being jarred or bumped for six weeks after surgery.

These implants are used to enhance the appearance of a weak chin. In addition, weak chins tend to make other facial features appear too large, so this procedure actually improves the overall balance and appearance of your face.

Computer imaging can be used so that you and your plastic surgeon can decide the exact shape and size you would like to achieve. Implants come in a variety of sizes and textures, making it possible to provide you with the exact look you desire.

The surgery is an outpatient procedure that is well tolerated by most patients. Incisions for the implant can be made in the lower lip or under the chin, depending on the size, shape, and location. Once the procedure is over, most patients will need to wear a facial garment to control swelling and aid in healing. If need be, bruising can be concealed with special make-up.

After approximately one week, the sutures will be removed and most patients can resume their normal activities. You must, however, avoid activity that could cause your chin to be jarred or bumped for six weeks.

Much like the procedure for cheek implants, jaw implants are inserted through an incision in the mouth and placed directly onto the jawbone where the tissue has been lifted. The surgery usually takes one to two hours and most patients experience bruising or swelling following the operation.

Swelling and bruising can be concealed with make-up until it clears, which usually takes several weeks. During this time, you may not be able to smile or speak well, but our plastic surgeons and staff will give you guidelines to help you during the healing process and will recommend exercises that will help you regain your normal facial function.

You may be restricted to a liquid diet for the first week, then move on to soft foods for an additional week. You’ll need to rinse your mouth several times a day with special antibiotic mouthwashes or a diluted peroxide solution, and after a few days, you’ll be able to gently brush your teeth. As always, avoid any activity that could jar or bump your jaw for at least six weeks.

With all facial procedures, patients can usually return to work in about a week. The bruising and swelling may still be evident, however, for approximately two to three weeks after the surgery.

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