Face implants can create more definition in the natural contours of the face.
What Are Face Implants?
Facial implants can help to augment areas where the tissue is poorly defined. It can enhance or replace lost volume, most commonly in the cheeks or chin. Silicone is typically used to achieve the contoured look.
What Does The Procedure Involve?
The surgery takes between 1 and 1.5 hours, and is commonly performed under general anaesthetic. For cheek implants, an incision is made either inside the upper lip or through your lower eyelid. Then, a pocket is formed and the implant inserted. The area is then stitched.
For chin implants, the surgeon will make an incision either underneath the chin or inside the mouth in the lower lip. The implant is then positioned inside the pocket, and the area closed with stitches.
You should arrange for someone to collect you after the surgery, and also to support you at home. Depending on the type of job you do, expect to take one week off work, though this could be less if you recover quickly.
It’s likely you will be able to return home shortly after your surgery. To help with the discomfort and pain, you may wish to take painkillers. Your face may feel numb around where the incisions were and this will take some weeks to settle down. You’ll also have dressings covering the area, and it’s advised you leave these well alone. It’s also paramount that you:
- Avoid contact with your hair and face
- Don’t do any vigorous exercise
- Try to keep the area dry
- Avoid sport for at least 6 weeks
In the following week, you will be checked over by the surgeon to ensure everything is healing nicely and your recovery is as smooth as possible.
Due to swelling and bruising, you may not be able to see the final results until several weeks post-surgery. Once you’re fully recovered, your chin or cheek implants will give you a fuller appearance. The contours of your face will be improved, giving more definition.
Face Implant Scars
If incisions were made on the outside of the face, scars will generally be red in appearance for the first few weeks. These will eventually fade into a white line.
Risks And Complications
Though surgeries are performed regularly without any complications for the most part, your surgeon will make sure you’re well informed of any unlikely eventualities. This includes the implant moving, bursting, infection and skin loss. All risks will be discussed in detail in your consultation. More common side-effects include swelling and bruising.
Who Can Get Face Implants?
Those who think that their facial features could benefit from some enhancement, but are not being encouraged to undergo surgery by others.
Who Is It Not Suitable For?
Those who smoke and who have a substantial medical history may not be suitable for face implants.
How Long Will The Scars For Cheek Implants Take To Heal?
The scars will take a few months to fully heal into a thin white line.
How Much Do Face Fillers Cost?
This greatly depends on the type of face implants that the patient desires. After the consultation, the surgeon will provide you with a quote that includes all applicable costs.
How Long Do Facial Fillers Last?
When silicone implants are used, facial fillers will be permanent.