What is it?
Utilized to change the basic shape and balance of the face with carefully shaped implants, facial implants are designed for augmentative, reconstructive or rejuvenative purposes. Available in a wide range of sizes and styles for the chin, jaw, nose and cheek, implants add or restore aesthetically pleasing contour and/or proportion to the face.

Who has it done?
Men and women of all ages desiring to improve/correct their facial shape and contour. Patients with gum or dental problems will want to confer with their dentist.

How does it work? Where are the incisions placed?
The procedure follows a similar pattern for all facial areas. The surgeon makes a small incision near where the implant will be placed, either in a crease or inside the mouth at the gum/lip junction. Then a pocket is made in the facial tissue, the implant in inserted, and the incision is stitched. The incision is bandaged or taped, and stitches are removed in 5-10 days (sutures placed inside the mouth will dissolve in a similar period of time). Sometimes facial implants are inserted at the same time as a facelift, nose or eyelid procedure is performed.

Where does it happen and how long does it take?
Generally performed in the surgeon's office or an outpatient surgical center, the process usually takes 1-2 hours with general anesthesia.

What is the recovery process?
Postoperative bruising and swelling is to be expected with mild/moderate discomfort for one to two days. Patients can return to work and other normal activity within a week. Normal appearance is achieved in two to four weeks. Activities that could jar or bump the face should be postponed for four to six weeks or more.

As with any surgical procedure, infection may occur. If the infection persists, the implant may have to be removed and replaced at a later time. Shifting of the implant is another possibility. Should the implant become slightly misaligned, a second procedure might be necessary to reposition it.

How long will the results last?
Results are essentially permanent.