Chin, Cheek and Lip Augmentation
There are many implants available, manufactured from a variety of materials. They may help strengthen a jaw line or bring the lip, chin or cheekbones into balance with the rest of the face.
Facial implants can enhance your appearance and bolster your self esteem. If you are looking for improvement, not perfection, in your appearance and are realistic in your expectations, you may find that a facial implant is the right choice for you.
When you discuss your surgery with your cosmetic surgeon or his personally and thoroughly trained surgery consultant, be certain that you clearly express your expectations so that they he may help you determine what it is possible to achieve. It may be helpful to provide us with photos of people who have facial features similar to those you would like to have.
Be sure you understand the details of the proposed surgery, including the cost and what to expect during your recovery.
If the surgery will entail an incision inside your mouth, it is important that you inform your surgeon or the Surgery Consultant if you smoke or if you have any dental or gum problems.
In preparing for your surgery, be sure to find out if you’ll be able to drive home afterward or will require transportation. You should also ask if you’ll need to refrain from eating or drinking the night before your surgery, and if you should stop taking any medications, including aspirin and similar drugs. You may be instructed to take oral antibiotics both before and after the procedure to help guard against infection.
Your surgeon or his Surgery Consultant will provide information about these important matters during your pre-operative consultation.
WHERE WILL MY SURGERY BE PERFORMED?
Most of the time, this may be safely performed in our office, but occasionally we may advise that the procedure be performed in an out-patient surgical center.
WHAT TYPE OF ANESTHESIA IS USED?
In some cases, facial implant surgery may require only local anesthesia combined with a sedative. However, more frequently, a general anesthesia may be recommended.
Insertion of a chin implant may take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. During the procedure, your surgeon selects the proper size and shape implant to enhance your appearance and inserts it into a pocket over the front of the jawbone. The small incision to create the pocket and insert the implant is placed in the skin just under the chin area.
Usually, the chin is taped after surgery to minimize swelling and discomfort. Sutures in the skin will be removed in five to seven days.
What is the recovery for chin implants?
You will experience some discomfort and swelling in the affected area for several days. It’s normal to experience some temporary difficulty with smiling and talking. Black and blue marks may be visible around the chin and neck. Frequently, your chin and possibly your lower anterior teeth will be numb for a period of time.
Cheek implant surgery usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes. When cheek implants are being placed in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure, such as a facelift, forehead lift or eyelid surgery, the implants may be inserted through the incisions made for those procedures. Otherwise, an incision will be made either inside your upper lip or your lower eyelid. A pocket is then formed and an implant is inserted.
After surgery, a dressing will be applied to minimize discomfort and swelling. The severity and duration of such side effects may vary, especially if another cosmetic procedure was performed at the same time.
What is the recovery for cheek implants?
There will be dietary restrictions as well as limitations to your activities. Again, these instructions will vary, especially if another procedure was performed along with your implant surgery. However, you should be aware that your ability to move your mouth and lips may be diminished temporarily. Stitches used to close the incisions inside your mouth usually dissolve within about ten days. Mild to moderate facial swelling and bruising can be expected for a few days.
Returning to normal
Remember, with any facial surgery, you may feel and look better in a short period of time. However, it may not be advisable to participate in certain activities — especially activity that may result in the face being jarred or bumped — for several weeks. It’s best to check with your doctor about such matters.
The new you
You may not be able to accurately evaluate your appearance for weeks, or perhaps even months. Give yourself plenty of time to get used to your new look.
You may be surprised to find that most people won’t recognize that you’ve had facial implant surgery — only that you look better.
Not everyone is blessed with beautiful, plump lips. And even those who were don’t get to keep them forever. Over time, sun exposure, smoking, and the aging process take their toll. That once sensual look is gone or greatly diminished.
One of the oldest and most popular treatments for plumping the lips is collagen. This creamy product is injected into the borders of the lips to enhance the natural silhouette. It is also effective in filling in vertical lines that cause the lipstick to “bleed” beyond the lip line. The results are beautiful, immediate, and usually last approximately four months. We also offer permanent lip injections.
Fat transfer plumps your lips using fat taken from inconspicuous sites on your own body. Fat transfer to the lips is a safe, natural procedure designed to restore thin or deficient lips.
Advanta lip implants are made of “ePTFE” (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene), a proven safe and predictable permanent implant to improve thin lips. Advanta’s unique dual porosity architecture results in a softer implant with a more natural look and feel.
Call for your free consultation and find out which treatment option is best suited for you.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS?
Facial implants can produce some remarkable changes. Problems rarely occur, but you need to be informed about such possibilities. This brochure will touch upon a few, but is not intended to provide a detailed or complete inventory of potential risks.
A facial implant can shift slightly out of alignment and a second operation my be necessary to replace it in its proper position. Infection can occur with any operation. If infection were to occur around a facial implant and did not clear up after treatment with antibiotics, the implant might have to be temporarily removed and replaced at a later time. Other, less frequent risks may be associated with certain implants.
Some of the implant materials are made of a solid silicone. Currently, there is no scientific evidence that this is a harmful substance. Your cosmetic surgeon will be happy to discuss any current scientific findings concerning the type of implant you’re considering.