Facial Implants

Facial Implants Saginaw

Facial implants are designed to reconstruct, recontour or rejuvenate the face. Cosmetically, they are an option for someone who isn’t happy with the structure and lines of his/her face.  Facial implants can improve a recessed jaw, undefined cheekbones, or a weak chin. Facial implants can also better define facial features, create structural balance, and give a patient a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. As long as his/her expectations are realistic, facial implants can enhance a person’s self-image.

The most common areas of the face that are augmented with facial implants are cheekbones, chin and jaw, but Dr. Weiss can enhance most any area of the face with a safe, specially-designed implant.

How can my appearance be enhanced with facial implants?

 

Perhaps you’re just not happy with your nose – maybe you think it’s too flat or small. Maybe you don’t like your profile and you’d like to have a more defined jaw line. Or possibly you’re more mature and are slowly losing the definition in your face. An implant can correct these issues.

A nose, chin or jaw implant can better define your facial structure. If you think you look sunken or tired, a cheek implant can bring more definition to your face and restore a more youthful appearance. Often for optimal facial rejuvenation, implants are placed while Dr. Weiss is performing other surgical procedures, such as facelift, brow lift or blepharoplasty (eyelid lift). The lift will stretch the skin back into place while the implant redefines the structure of the face. Facial implants can enhance your appearance and may bolster your self-esteem.

If you are physically healthy, are a non-smoker, and have realistic goals about what facial implants can do for you, then you may be a good candidate for facial implant surgery. This surgery is best performed on people whose head and skull have reached full physical maturity, which generally occurs in late adolescence. For the right patient, facial implants add aesthetically pleasing contours to the face.

The Procedure

 

Facial implant surgery is performed as outpatient surgery. Actual time spent in surgery may vary from about a half hour to a couple of hours, depending on how many implants are being placed and the intricacy of the particular procedure. More than one implant may be necessary to achieve the desired result.  Often general anesthesia is used but facial implant surgery can also be done under local anesthesia. The results of facial implant surgery are essentially permanent.

Dr. Weiss’ most popular facial implant procedures include:

Facial Implants Saginaw: Cheek Implant

During cheek implant surgery, an incision is made under the lower eyelid or inside the mouth on either side of the upper lip. Dr. Weiss creates a pocket, inserts the implant through the incision and fits it into the pocket, ensuring the implant stays in place.

Facial Implants Saginaw: Chin Implant

For chin implant surgery, Dr. Weiss makes a small incision under the chin or inside the lower lip. The implant is inserted through the small incision and secured into place either in a pocket or by attaching it to bone or soft tissue. The procedure usually takes less than an hour and results are seen almost immediately.

Facial Implants Saginaw: Jaw Implant

An incision is made on either side of the the inside of the lower lip for jaw implant placement. Dr. Weiss will create a pocket for the implant and the implant will be inserted through the small incision and secured in place. For this surgery, moving your mouth may be difficult for about a week and your jaw may look bruised. Stitches will dissolve in a week to ten days.

 

Are there any risks to Facial Implant surgery?

As with any surgery, there is a risk of complication related to infection or reaction to anesthesia. In very rare and extreme cases, infection will require removal and reinsertion of the implant.

What is the recovery time for Facial Implant surgery?

A patient who has had Facial Implant surgery may experience postoperative bruising and swelling but it should subside within a day or two. The skin around the implant site may be tight and tender to the touch. Mild to moderate discomfort for one to two days may also be felt; pain medications may be used to help alleviate it. Some of the stitches may need to be removed a week to ten days after surgery; stitches inside the mouth will dissolve on their own.

Patients will usually return to work and other normal activities within a week. Dr. Weiss asks his patients to not engage in strenuous activity or rough contact to the implant area for four to six weeks after surgery. For some procedures minor swelling may be seen for several months.

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