Facial ImplantsPublished on September 11, 2013 by Dr. Anthony Corrado
Facial implants are used to enhance certain features of your face, including your cheeks or jaw line. The surgery may be elective, or needed as the result of prior surgery on the face. Through a facial implant, a Dr. Corrado can aesthetically improve facial contours.
Common facial implants include the cheek, jaw and chin implants. Occasionally, custom implants are needed to correct facial asymmetries or deformities resulting from trauma or reconstructive surgery.
Implants may be placed as a primary procedure, but are often done in combination with other procedures such as a facelift, chin and / or neck liposuction, brow lift, neck lift, and other cosmetic procedures, to complement a result. Recovery depends on the area being treated and if additional procedures have been performed during the same surgical visit.
Frequently Asked Questions about Facial Implants
I am considering getting a chin implant but I am concerned about having a visible scar. What type of scar should I expect from chin implant surgery?
The incision from a chin implant is very small. The scar should be almost imperceptible and is well hidden just below the chin.
What should I expect in terms of recovery following surgery?
You should expect some swelling and some patients experience bruising. Most patients report only mild discomfort, not pain, following the procedure. Many also report some temporary difficultly or awkwardness in smiling or chewing food.
I am planning on having a facelift soon. I am bothered by the “sunken” appearance of my cheeks. Will cheek implants correct this?
Cheek implants along with a facelift should improve this. When performed with a facelift, cheek implants may give more fullness to the mid-portion of the face to accentuate the cheekbones. The incisions used are either through the mouth or the eyelid.
I would like to have a chin implant to strengthen my profile. Is this an outpatient procedure?
Generally, the placement of facial implants is performed on an outpatient basis.