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Are You a Suitable Candidate for Facial Implants?

Posted in Cosmetic Surgery | Posted By - Dr. Philip Solomon

The most popular facial implants are cheek augmentation – a surgical process which alters the shape of the cheeks by increasing their volume and projection – and chin implants which are placed along the jaw line in order to enhance, improve, or alter the shape of the chin.

Facial ImplantsChin implants can be fully customized to meet the unique desires and goals of each individual patient. Make of solid silicone or porous biocompatible material, they are most beneficial for those who have lost volume in the cheeks due to aging, weight loss, or illness; or those who simply desire more projection or definition. By varying size, shape, and placement of the implant, surgeons are also able to improve facial symmetry by increasing volume in the mid-face and thus providing a life to the mid- and lower-face.

Best Candidates

The best candidates for any form of augmentation or cosmetic surgery are those with realistic expectations and a positive outlook. Beyond that, there are several health considerations including:

  • Being in generally good health;
  • Having a normally functioning immune system; and
  • Being a non-smoker.

There are also some medications that you should not be taking during the pre-operative period in order to avoid complications during and following the procedure. During your consultation your doctor may ask several questions to confirm your general health as well as performing lab tests. They will also tell you to stop taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements for a specific amount of time before the procedure. If you are a smoker, the doctor will tell you to stop smoking well before the surgery.

Recovery and Downtime

Most patients can return to non-strenuous work as early as 24 hours after surgery but you should avoid doing work while on pain medication. Strenuous work and exercise should not be resumed for at least 2-3 weeks following the procedure and you must protect your cheeks or chin from excessive force or motion during the healing process. Do not engage in contact sports until you receive approval from your surgeon to do so.

During the healing process, you many experience some tightness in the cheek area and some facial expressions may be temporarily restricted or impaired. If you experience severe pain, contact your doctor immediately. Swelling should subside within 4-6 weeks but final results may not be fully realized for 6 months after the procedure. If you implants appear to shift position, contact your surgeon immediately.

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