Facial implant surgery is a cosmetic procedure that involves placing implants to enhance the contours and shape of the face thereby improving facial balance and harmony, restoring lost volume, and creating a more youthful appearance. In this article, we'll discuss what facial implant surgery is, the different types of implants available, the procedure itself, and the recovery process.
It is important to note that facial implants may not be suitable for everyone, and a thorough consultation with our surgeon is necessary to determine if the procedure is right for you. In some cases non-surgical options such as fillers or fat grafting can also be used provide similar results.
Overall, facial implant surgery is designed to create natural-looking results with minimal scarring. By working with a skilled and experienced surgeon, you can help ensure that any scarring from the procedure is well-hidden and does not detract from the overall aesthetic outcome. To find out more about our facial implant surgeon Mr Andrew Douglas please read his profile on our website.
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At Cosmetic Surgery Partners the most common areas for facial implants include the cheeks, chin, jawline and paranasal (midface region). Implants can be made of a variety of materials, including silicone, PEEK (Polyetheretherketone) and Medpor. The implants come in a range of shapes and sizes to achieve the desired result, moreover it is possible to create bespoke implants which are suited to the exact needs of the patient seeking the procedure. It is also possible to avoid implants altogether by taking donor bone from other parts of the body.
Cheek implants, also known as malar implants, are designed to add either prominence to the cheekbones or volume to the overlying soft tissues. The goal of treatment will dictate the type, size and shape of the implant used. The procedure is scarless being performed via a small incision made inside the mouth.
Cheek implants can be made of silicone or other biocompatible materials and come in various sizes and shapes to fit the patient's unique facial structure. It is also possible to have custom implants created using the latest 3D techniques. The procedure is typically performed under general anaesthesia and takes 30-90 minutes, however in some situations it may be possible under local anaesthetic.
Cheek implants can create a more defined and youthful appearance by improving facial balance and proportion or simply help restore volume lost either through weight loss or the aging process. Recovery time can vary, but most patients can return to work and normal activities within one to two weeks, sometimes earlier.
Chin implants, also known as genioplasty, are used to improve the projection and contour of the chin. The implants are typically made of silicone or other biocompatible materials and come in various sizes and shapes to fit the patient's unique facial structure. The procedure involves making an incision under the chin or inside the mouth and placing the implant directly onto the chin bone. It is usually performed under general anesthesia and takes around one to two hours.
Chin implants can create a more defined and balanced facial profile, especially when combined with other facial procedures such as rhinoplasty. Recovery time can vary, but most patients can return to work and normal activities within one to two weeks. As with any surgery, there are risks involved, such as infection, implant displacement, malposition, and nerve damage. Selecting an experienced surgeon and following all pre- and post-operative instructions is important for minimizing risks.
Jaw implants, also known as mandibular implants, are typically used to enhance and make the lower jaw more square and to enhance the jawline. They are commonly placed along with chin implants to achieve a more complete enhancement of the lower jaw and facial balance.
The implants are typically made of silicone or other biocompatible materials and are available in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit each patient's individual needs including the option to have custom implants designed using cutting edge 3D techniques. The procedure will involve either an incision inside the mouth performed under general anaesthetic or under the chin when it may be possible to have the surgery under local anaesthetic. The procedure typically takes 30 -90 minutes depending on the technique and implants chosen.
Jaw implants can enhance the facial profile and balance out facial features. The recovery time can vary, but most patients can return to work and normal activities within two weeks. As with any surgery, there are risks involved, such as infection, implant displacement, malposition, and nerve damage.
Paranasal or midface implants are a type of facial implant that are used to augment the middle of the face and the area around the nose. These implants are designed to enhance a typically flatter central face to give a more rounded and harmonious appearance.
The implants are inserted through small incisions made inside the mouth and are secured either with a mini screw or stitch. The procedure typically takes between 30 – 90 minutes under general or local anaesthetic. Recovery is usually less than one week, with strenuous activity being possible after two to three weeks.
Paranasal implants can provide a range of aesthetic benefits, including enhancing the contours of the cheeks and providing greater definition to the central face around the nose. They can also simply help to restore volume and balance to the face lost through the aging process or weight loss.
Facial implant surgery is typically performed under general anaesthesia, and typically takes 30 – 90 minutes. In appropriate situations, it is possible to undergo facial implant surgery under local anaesthetic. The surgeon will make an incision in the area where the implant will be placed, and the implant will be carefully inserted into the desired location. Once the implant is in place, the incision will be closed with sutures or surgical glue.
After facial implant surgery, you can expect some swelling and discomfort, which can be readily managed with regular pain and anti-inflammation medication. Additionally, typically older patients may occasionally experience some bruising. Rarely, some patients report numbness or tingling in the treated area which typically resolves on its own over time. It's important to follow your surgeon's post-operative instructions, which may include keeping your head elevated, not manipulating the area of the implant and avoiding strenuous activity and avoiding certain foods.
You may be able to return to work and gentle activities within a couple of days of surgery and resume normal activities within 1-2 weeks. Depending on what implants are placed, it may be necessary to avoid strenuous exercise for a longer period. The final results of facial implant surgery will be seen once all swelling has subsided and the tissues have fully settled around the implant.
Facial implant surgery can be an effective way to enhance the shape and contours of the face and create a more youthful, balanced appearance. If you're considering facial implant surgery, it is important to choose a UK registered specialist facial plastic surgeon with experience performing this procedure. During your consultation, our surgeon will discuss the appropriate options available and help you determine the best course of action to achieve your desired results.
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As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with facial implants, including infection, implant displacement or malposition, and nerve damage. However, these risks can be minimized by choosing an experienced and qualified surgeon and following all pre- and post-operative instructions carefully.
The age at which a patient can have facial implant surgery may vary depending on a number of factors, including the patient's health status and the specific type of implant surgery being considered. For cosmetic reasons, surgeons would require patients to be at least 18 years of age and to have stopped growing before considering undertaking facial implant surgery.
If you are considering facial implant surgery, it is important to consult with a UK registered specialist facial plastic surgeon in order to determine the safe and appropriate time to undertake any procedure.
Yes, facial implants can be customised to meet the unique needs and preferences of each patient. Customised individual treatment is crucial to achieving optimal results when undertaking facial implant surgery as it allows the surgeon to create results that look natural and complement the patient's existing features.
During the consultation process, the surgeon will evaluate the patient's facial structure and discuss their aesthetic goals. Based on this information, the surgeon will create a customized treatment plan that may involve modifying the size, shape, and placement of the implants to achieve the desired outcome.
There are several different types of facial implants available, including those designed for the chin, cheekbones, and jawline. Each type of implant can be further customized in terms of shape, size, and material to create a natural-looking and proportionate result.
It's important to work with a skilled and experienced surgeon who can guide you through the process of selecting the right type of implant and customizing it to meet your unique needs. This will help ensure that you achieve the best possible results from your facial implant surgery.
The goal of facial implant surgery is to achieve a natural-look and feeling that enhances the patient's appearance whilst minimizing any potential discomfort or sensation of the implants. Your surgeon will discuss any possible risks and complications of the procedure during the consultation and pre-operative process.
After the initial healing period and swelling has resolved, most patients should not be able to feel the implants in their face. This is because the implants are typically placed underneath the facial tissues, such as the muscles or fat, which provides a natural feeling and appearance.
In rare cases, some patients may be able to feel a small part of an implant or notice a small degree of asymmetry or irregularity. If this occurs, it is important to contact your surgeon for immediate evaluation so any necessary corrective action can be taken.
No. With the exception of some chin implants, facial implant surgery is scarless. Using small incisions inside the mouth, the implants are inserted into the intended area before dissolving stitches are placed that will last a week or two. Even in the case of some chin implants, the small incision is placed under the chin and typically fades after a few months.