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Facial Implants

What are facial implants?

Facial implants are synthetic polymers that are used to augment the facial bony skeleton. The bony structure of the face is critical in how the overlying soft tissues are suspended and projected. In patients with deficient bony structure, filler or fat grafting may be insufficient to alter overlying anatomy. In these scenarios, facial implants are best suited.

Facial Implants
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Why are facial implants placed?

The most common reason for implant placement is to augment the cheeks, chin, and jaw.

 

What are the types of facial implants?

Facial implants are made of synthetic polymers that are biocompatible with our bodies. The two main types of polymers are silicone and porous polyethylene.

 

Cheek:

The cheek bone or malar region is the most projecting area of our mid-face. A prominent cheek bone is considered youthful and attractive. In patients with a deficient cheek bone, cheek implants can improve projection and improve facial harmony.

 

Chin:

The chin is an important part of the lower face and has a significant impact on facial harmony. An under projected chin can negatively impact the appearance of the overall face. In patients with small chins, chin implants can improve projection and make a large impact on overall facial appearance and proportions.

 

Jaw:

A well-defined jaw line is considered youthful and attractive. Mandibular implants can help strengthen the jaw line and improve facial balance.

 

How to prepare:

  • Smoking cessation

  • Avoid any blood thinning medications

  • Remove all makeup

  • Remove jewelry

 

What to expect: 

  • Most patient’s go home the same day of surgery

  • Swelling and bruising is expected after surgery. The extent of swelling depends which implants are placed and the extent of surgery

  • You will be encouraged to apply cold compresses to your face and to keep your head elevated to assist with swelling

  • In some scenarios you may have small drains placed that are removed one day after surgery

  • Most patients return to work after 1 to 2 weeks

  • Over the course of several weeks your swelling will resolve

  • Dr. Diaconu will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions and will meet with you regularly throughout your entire recovery

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