What types of facial implants are available?
Facial implant surgery utilizes biocompatible implants to enhance the balance and symmetrical proportions of the face. It can be an effective treatment option for patients seeking a long-term approach to restoring or creating aesthetically pleasing facial contours. Facial implants are available in a broad range of styles, size, and materials. They can be used to augment, reconstruct or rejuvenate existing facial structures.
The three most popular types of facial implants are:
- Jaw implant: which can increase the width of the lower third of the face, thereby helping create a “stronger” or more well-defined jawline
- Chin implant: which can augments the projection and size of a recessed or weak chin
Cheek implant: which can restore or augment volume in flat or recessed cheeks, and help enhance the prominence of the cheekbones
What is the facial implant procedure?
Facial implant surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. It takes approximately one to two hours (unless performed in conjunction with other facial contouring procedures as part of an overall facial rejuvenation). The chin, jaw and cheek implant procedures involve similar surgical patterns and techniques. Dr. Sinno will typically begin each surgery by making a small initial incision close to where the implant will be placed (typically in a facial crease or inside the mouth). He will then create a pocket within the facial tissue, before inserting the implant and securing it into place.
After closing the incision, Dr. Sinno will use tape or bandages to prevent the implant from shifting in response to facial swelling during the first few days of the recovery period. Most patients who have undergone facial implant surgery are able to resume normal activities approximately one to two weeks after surgery.
What is the post-operative advice and care for facial implant surgery?
– Day Surgery
Facial implant surgery generally takes one to two hours, after which, you may be released (depending on your medical condition and health state) to a friend or family member and may return home to continue your recovery.
– When can the bandages come off after facial implant surgery?
Dr. Sinno and his team will apply a special dressing and initial bandages that should be kept dry and clean until your scheduled follow-up, which is generally under a week. At that point, the bandages will be removed and your post-operative state will be evaluated.
– When can showers and washing resume after facial implant surgery?
The bandages usually are removed before the week after surgery. Dr. Sinno recommends that all bandages should remain dry and clean after your surgery until your first follow-up appointment. Showers should be avoided until authorized by Dr. Sinno. This is usually after all bandages are removed at the first post-operative visit. Until then, sponge baths are recommended.
White non-scented shampoo and soap are recommended to be used along with running water on the incisions after the bandages are removed and when given medical authorization to do so.
– When can activity & exercise resume after facial implant surgery?
You will be advised to refrain from moving your arms above your shoulders immediately following your facelift procedure. This is usually advised for a two-week period.
Dr. Sinno recommends that patients refrain from all activities that may increase their heart rate or blood pressure, including exercise, sexual activity, stressful situations, etc. for at least two weeks after the procedure. Contact sports should be avoided for at least six weeks after your surgery.
However, it is recommended that patients walk and perform their usual activities within the limitation of the medical advice given and their tolerance to their comfort. No lifting more than 10 lbs. (4 kg) is recommended for at least two weeks after the surgery.
During the six week period, sleeping on your back is preferred, with the head of the bed elevated to at least 45 degrees in the first week to help reduce post-operative swelling.
Patients are advised to always keep their heads above their hearts and to refrain from bringing their heads down below the shoulders. Patients are advised to bend their knees and go down to put on or take off footwear, etc. This will ensure that the head is not suspended lower than the chest level.
– When can driving resume after facial implant surgery?
It is recommended that patients not drive when taking narcotic pain medications and when having bulky dressings that may hinder their normal reflexes and reactivity.
– General Healing
You may experience some swelling and bruising that will peak two to three days after your surgery, and usually subsides within two to six weeks. Post-operative swelling, pain, bruising and duration may differ, depending on the patient and the extent of the surgery.
You will be expected to be able to see visible aesthetic improvements in your face immediately following your facial implant surgery. These results should continue to progress over the following weeks, as the incision site heals and the swelling decreases. Swelling can take six weeks to subside. Dr. Sinno advises his patients that final results should be expected at the one year point post-operative period, when all scars and incisions should be mature.
What are the risks and potential complications after facial implant surgery?
All medical and surgical procedures have inherent risks and potential complications associated with them. It is imperative that you understand the potential risks, complications and consequences that can arise after the medical or surgical procedure you undertake. This understanding will allow you to be able to provide informed consent, based on the comparison to the potential benefit of the desired procedure.
Although the materialization of inherent risks is rare and developing complications is unlikely, these are real events that can occur. Dr. Sinno will help you to understand the risk/benefit profile of your desired procedure.
Before and After Gallery
Please Click here for representative examples of pre and post-operative photos of patients from the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Disclaimer: before and after photos are only intended for informative purposes and do not constitute a guarantee for results and satisfaction. The pre-operative photos are shown on the left and the post-operative photos are shown on the right.
Contact Dr. Sinno
Dr. Sinno and his well-trained Eternelle team have worked hard to create a welcoming and comforting environment. They will take the time to thoroughly explain your facial implant procedure details and options. Your procedure will be uniquely customized to reflect your personal aesthetic goals. We look forward to providing you with a safe and comfortable experience as well as giving you the treatment that you deserve.
Do you more questions? We are happy to answer them. We invite you to contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Sinno.