The 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
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.
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.
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.
Implant surgery typically takes about four to six weeks of recovery time. Your face will be bruised and swollen at first. Most patients find they are uncomfortable in social situations until the swelling subsides. Afterwards, however, your new facial features will be very natural looking and attractive. Our doctors take great care to insure that your new features will be an enhancement to your natural features.