Chin and Cheek Implants
Facial proportions can accent an overall beautiful appearance. There are many reasons to consider facial implants to improve the facial symmetry and overall appearance for a patient. As we continue to grow and develop, there may be differences that form in our appearance due to the underlying skeletal or soft tissue structure that result in changes in our appearance. Sometimes, a region of the face is deficient, usually the chin, cheeks or lower jaw line. When your chin is a bit smaller, it can give the appearance that your nose is larger than it actually is. Cheeks that lack in volume may give the impression of premature aging as the facial proportions may seem out of balance. Things like pronounced cheek bones or a well-defined lower jaw provide balance and harmony in the facial appearance and facial implants can be used to obtain this. In certain cases, where a patient has suffered trauma or a defect remains after treating pathology, facial implants can be used to correct the remaining deformity. The most common implants used are chin (see genioplasty), midface (cheek) and mandibular angle (lower jaw) implants. Feel free to schedule a consultation with Dr. Goddard to determine if facial implants are the right option for you.
How is a Facial Implant Procedure Performed?
Once your custom implant has been created, the next step is to place it in the area of your face you are looking to enhance. Your facial implant procedure will be performed under anesthesia, allowing you to comfortably sleep for the duration of the surgery.
A small incision will be made, using the natural contours of your face to minimize visible scarring. Depending on your surgery, this incision may be made inside of your mouth or beneath your chin. Your doctor will then create a pocket beneath the skin and carefully set your silicone implant in place so it does not move or shift around. Once placed, your incisions are closed and any necessary bandages are applied.
Recovery After a Facial Implant
You will be able to return home under the care of a loved one shortly after your facial implant surgery. At first you will likely experience some bruising and swelling, and there may be some tightness or numbness of the skin. These effects are temporary and should fade over the next week or two. If you are experiencing too much pain or discomfort, pain medication can be prescribed.
You should be able to return to work in as little as one week’s time. Most other activity restrictions will be lifted after about a month, at which point you can go back to your routine at the gym or other more strenuous activities.
Although there will be some post-surgical signs such as bruising and redness during the early healing stages, you will notice the changes in the shape of your face almost immediately after your surgery. Patients always say the recovery process is well-worth the end result! Once your face has fully healed, the treated area will appear more youthful and well-defined. This will likely influence the overall look of your face, providing you with a completely rejuvenated look.