Not everyone is blessed with the perfect chiseled facial structure, right? That is the reason why there is so much demand for the plastic surgeons and new developments in cosmetic procedures. Facial implants are the most sort out procedures that are used to reconstruct, augment or rejuvenate the facial contours. Facial implants are now available in different styles as well as sizes too.
Facial implants are basically used to augment the chin as well as your jaw to endow you sculpted cheekbones that you always desired. Facial implants consist of FDA-approved plates inserted into the front of the bone of the cheek, jaw, chin and other areas of the face.
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Who is the best candidate for cheek implants?
- The best candidates for facial implants are patients whose skin has loosened around the face with the surrounding skin maintaining elasticity to be successfully repositioned.
- If you have a weak receding chin that you wish to rectify and make it more projecting and improve your jawline.
- If you wish to enhance the definition and fullness of your cheeks
- To correct the asymmetry or deformities in the face, resulting from an accident or congenital conditions
- If you wish to restore contour the proportion of your facial structure that has been affected by ageing
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The procedure for placing facial implants is same for all the facial areas.
- First and foremost, surgical markings will be made on the area of the face where the implant is supposed to be placed and to locate the underlying structures that needs to be avoided.
- The patient will be positioned supine (face-up) on the operating table.
- This procedure will be carried out under general anesthesia along with a local anesthetic.
- An incision will be made near the implant would be placed.
- In order to insert the implant, a pocket will be made in the facial tissue.
- Next the implant will be gently inserted with the help of sterilized clamp.
- The incision will be then closed with the help of sutures and the area will be bandaged or taped.
- Generally you can go back home the same day, however sometimes an overnight stay at the hospital will be required.
Facial implant risks:
- Tingling feeling
- Anesthesia risks
- Infection – This will demand the removal of the implant.
- Shifting of the implant
- Retraction of the lower eyelid
Facial implant recovery:
It is very important that you follow the instructions provided by your surgeon for faster recovery. Some of the instructions will be
- Wearing compression garments
- Taking antibiotics
- Taking care of your drains if placed
Generally you will be able to return to your work and other normal activities in a week. You will have to recline in a face-up position at a 45-degree angle for a week post the procedure. The sutures would be removed in five to ten days and dissolvable sutures will dissolve in same time period. You might have diet restrictions for ten days.
The results of the facial implant will be visible almost immediately. Initially you will have swelling in the area but that will subside in a week if proper care is taken like using cold compress etc. The swelling can remain until one or two months if proper care is not taken and then the final result will show. The best way to ensure you get the best results is by doing proper follow-up consultations with your surgeon.
Cost for the facial implant procedure will consist of facility fees, anesthesia and surgeon’s fees. Generally the facial implant is done in combination with facelift, forehead lift, or other procedure and hence the fees are combined. The total fees for implants will range from a minimum of $2,000 for a single implant, up to $5,000 (or more) for two or more implants.
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