If you are unhappy with the contours of your face, facial implants could be the solution. By carefully placing permanent implants under the skin, surgeons can sculpt cheeks, jawlines and other parts of the face, creating a more feminine or masculine appearance. And they can also make asymmetrical features match, producing a more harmonious and aesthetically pleasing appearance.
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Patient preparing for facial implants in the chin area.
Patient preparing for facial implants in the chin area.
Facial Implants Quick Details
WHO IS THIS FOR
People who feel that their facial shape is unattractive or doesn't suit their own self-image.
Individuals who wish to "fill in" hollow parts of their face, such as adding extra definition to their cheeks.
Individuals who do not suffer from allergies to materials such as silicone
Surgery durations vary depending on the complexity of the procedure. However, patients can expect it to last 1-2 hours in most cases.
Expect a few days of swelling following implant surgery, and possibly some pain and numbness - especially around the incision sites. This should subside within 1 week.
Incisions will take time to heal but should be hard to see within 1-2 months.
Long term studies have found "good long-term success rates" regarding facial implants, with a success rate after 10 years of over 80%.
POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
There is a minor risk of infection when using facial implants, although the incidence of serious complications (such as implant removal) is very low
Implants may also "migrate" (move underneath the skin), and there is also a slight risk of extrusion (implants puncturing the skin).
Scarring at incision sites is normal, and plastic surgeons will work hard to ensure that any scars are as well-concealed as possible.
What Are Facial Implants?
Facial implants are artificially created implants, which are designed to be surgically inserted underneath the skin. They can be added to the chin, cheek, nose, and jaw. When applied by skilled cosmetic surgeons, these implants can radically change the shape of an individual's face, combatting the effects of ageing, adding more feminine contours, and generally evening up any asymmetries.
How Do Facial Implants Work?
Most facial implant procedures involve adding inert implants that have been specifically modelled for the individual concerned. These implants can be placed strategically, acting as a supplement to the individual's skeletal structure, resulting in a diverse range of shapes and appearances. A typical implantation process would be as follows:
1. Consultation and Decisions
The first step is to meet with a cosmetic surgeon to discuss how the procedure works and what outcomes you desire. Surgeons can advise about the possibilities and limitations of implant surgery, and how different implants would affect each client's appearance. And they can also advise about potential side effects, putting your concerns to rest. When the consultation has finished, you should have a clear idea of how your face will look, how the procedure will be performed and how long it will take to recover. After that, you will need to prepare for the operation. This may mean avoiding smoking and alcohol, and also refraining from certain medications. Your surgeon will give you clear instructions about how to prepare.
2. Admission and Initial Incisions
On the day of your operation, you will be able to arrive and leave - with no overnight stay required. Whether you have chosen chin, jaw, nose, or cheek implants, your surgeon will need to make an incision to enable them to insert the implants accurately. Before making the incision, your surgeon will administer a local anaesthetic, ensuring that no pain is experienced during the operation. This incision will be made in such a way that scarring will be minimal. In chin implants, it tends to be made inside the lower lip, but may also be made just underneath the jawline. Cheek implants can be inserted via an incision inside the upper part of the mouth. Jaw implants are similar to chin implants, requiring an implant inside the lower lip. Nose implants can generally be inserted via an incision in the patient's nostril.
3. Placing the Implants
When the incision has been made, your surgeon will be able to place the implant (or series of implants) to create the right contours. The implant itself will most likely be made from silicone, as it is not "bioreactive". This ensures that there is a very low probability of implants being rejected by your body. When implantation has been completed, they will seal the incisions with surgical sutures and apply appropriate dressings. After that, you will usually be free to return home.
Are There Different Types of Facial Implants?
As noted above, facial implants can be used to contour various parts of the human face. They are commonly used to reshape the chin, jaw, cheek, and nose - and often a variety of implants are applied to achieve the correct balance. Cheek implants are commonly used in feminisation surgery, as high, prominent cheekbones are often seen as a distinctively feminine feature. Conversely, jaw implants may be used to add a more masculine appearance. Chin implants are not gender-based in the same way. They are most commonly used by middle-aged individuals to counteract the effects of "sagging" facial skin. By adding an implant to make their chin more prominent, they can hide excess skin and - potentially - make their faces seem years younger. It is also important to note that facial fillers are an alternative to implants. Fillers require no invasive surgery and can be administered more quickly. They also add definition and can contribute to significant facial changes but are less permanent. So, you may require supplementary injections.
What Should I Expect?
By the time you are admitted for surgery, you should have a very clear idea of how your face will look following implantation surgery. And you can expect the outcome of the procedure to closely match those expectations. Facial implants have a high success rate and can rapidly change an individual's facial appearance to reflect the desired result. Following surgery, expect a period of recovery and adjustment. It's normal to experience some pain and swelling around the incision sites and the implants. You may need to change your diet to avoid excessive jaw movement and to reduce your activity for a few weeks. Numbness is also possible and nothing to worry about. Don't expect to see the results of surgery immediately. Wait for swelling to subside and for your tissues to adapt to the implants. This process may take a couple of months, by which point the impact of implants should become clear.