What Are Facial Implants?
Facial implants are designed to augment, rejuvenate or reconstruct the contours of an individuals face. The implants themselves can be made from a variety of materials, although silicon is one of the most popular. The most common types of facial implants are for the chin, jaw, or cheeks.
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Facial Implant Procedure and Recovery
Facial implants must be performed in a suitably equipped healthcare center. The procedure involves either local or general anesthesia and an overnight stay, depending on the complexity of the procedure and the patient’s prior condition. Chin surgery usually takes 30 to 60 minutes, and requires an incision either along the lower lip or under the chin area inside the mouth. Cheek surgery 30 to 45 minutes, and requires incisions in any number of places, including the upper lip and lower eyelids. Lower-jaw surgery is usually the most complex of the three and can last up to two hours. Post-implant healthcare involves elaborate dressing, stitching, and drainage. To minimize the discomfort caused by these implants, the patient has to follow certain restrictions while performing specific actions, such as smiling and talking.
Facial Implants: Dos and Don’ts
It is important for the patient to have realistic expectations about the outcome of facial implants. They should communicate their expectations clearly to the plastic surgeon (with the help of pictorial aids if required) so that the plastic surgeon can determine the extent to which the expectations can be met. Because facial implants sometimes involve incisions inside the mouth, the patient should inform the plastic surgeon about any dental surgeries or conditions. Patients should have an accurate idea of the costs involved, recovery procedures, and the pre-implant precautions concerning diet, healthcare, medication, and transportation. Patients also need to be aware of the potential risks, such as incorrect alignment and infection.