Facial implants are used in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to enhance aesthetic balance of the face. The implants, made of silicone or other alloplastic material, are strategically placed in order to alter the contour and structure of the cheek, nose and chin in such a way that promotes aesthetic uniformity.
Because facial implants are effective in correcting aesthetic imbalance of the face, they are often used in conjunction with other procedures, either cosmetic surgeries to work toward symmetry of facial features, or in reconstructive efforts to treat injuries to the face by accident or disease. Other individuals who experience the affects of aging may notice a hollowing out of the cheeks, a common condition that facial implants can address.
Before and After Cheek Implant in Glendora, CA
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When to Consider Facial Implants
Cheek and chin implants may be indicated for those with signs of aging of the face, or disproportion between the chin or cheeks and overall facial appearance. Other symptoms that suggest facial implants include:
- Relatively small chin
- Nose size that makes chin appear small
- Malformations of the chin resulting from developmental abnormalities
- Realistic expectations
- Asian nose improvements
What Happens During Facial Implant Surgery?
Chin, nasal and cheek implants are usually performed under general anesthesia; the procedures typically last between 1-2 hours, and take place in an outpatient setting. During cheek implant surgery, incisions are made inside the upper lip or lower eyelids where pockets are created to hold the implants. The implants can also be placed through an intraoral incision. The nasal implants are placed through nasal surgery incisions. Dr. Sattler will insert the implants through these incisions, close the incisions, and then apply bandages over the wounds. In some cases, a titanium screw may be used to attach the implant to the cheekbone. Implants are made from alloplastic, or artificial, materials like silicone, hydroxyapatite, gore-tex, and they come in various shapes and sizes. Dr. Sattler will select the implant right for you based on your needs.
During chin augmentation, or mentoplasty, Dr. Sattler will make a small incision either inside the mouth or under the chin to create a small pocket just above the chin bone. He then inserts the implant into the pocket, closes the incision, and bandages the area as needed.
After Facial Implant Surgery
After you undergo facial implant surgery, you can expect some swelling, bruising and discomfort. The doctor will prescribe pain medication and antibiotics to lessen the risk of infection. Sutures typically dissolve within 10 days following surgery. Most patients can return to work within 10 days, and can resume a normal diet after about 5 days. In the initial period after surgery, a soft or liquid diet is usually recommended.
If you are curious about facial implants in LA County and would like to find out if the procedure is right for you, please contact our plastic surgery practice office in Glendora. We are conveniently located for patients throughout Southern California including, but not limited to, Pomona, Irvine, Orange County, Riverside, and San Bernardino.