In some cases, a facial implant may be used to help restore contour and proportion to the face.
What are Facial Implants?
Facial implant surgery is a form of cosmetic surgery designed to augment, or reconstruct the facial contours. Facial implants may be made of human tissue, or synthetic materials such as silicone or polythene.
Your surgeon will discuss the various facial implant options with you based on your expectations, facial anatomy and overall health. The most common sites for facial implants include the cheeks, chin and jaw.
This procedure is performed under a general anaesthesia in an accredited hospital facility by a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
What are the Different Types of Facial Implants?
As mentioned, the most common sites for facial implants are the cheeks, chin and jaw.
Cheek implants are designed to increase the projection of the cheekbones and add volume to flat or sunken cheeks. Incisions are usually placed in the mouth, although alternate incisions are sometimes used inside the lower eyelid or within the hairline. A pocket is then formed, and the implant is inserted.
Chin implants can increase the size and projection of a chin that is out of proportion with the forehead and mid-face. Incisions for chin implants are placed either on the underside of the chin, or inside the mouth at the lower lip. The implant is then put in position and the incision is closed.
Jaw implants are often used to increase the width of the lower face and improve facial balance and definition. Jaw implants are typically placed through incisions inside the mouth.
Who is a Candidate for Facial Implants?
Facial implants could be considered if you are looking to change the definition of your cheekbones and to augment your chin and jaw. Cosmetic surgery with facial implants is best performed on people whose head and skull have reached physical maturity.
The ideal candidate for facial implants is someone who:
- Is over 18 years of age
- Has realistic expectations of the outcome.
- Has a weak, receding chin and wishes to change the appearance of their profile
- Wishes to revise the definition and fullness of their cheeks
- Wishes to revise the contour and facial proportion lost through ageing
- Wishes to correct facial asymmetry or deformities resulting from injury or congenital conditions
- Has realistic expectations regarding what the procedure can achieve
- Is healthy and without medical conditions that may impair healing
If you are considering chin or cheek implants, you should review the Patient Information Leaflets via links below. It is then recommended that you discuss any questions and concerns you have with your surgeon.
The first step is having a consultation with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons, during which you can discuss expectations, ask questions and receive a detailed explanation of what happens during the procedure.
Prior to your procedure, it’s important to stay healthy. This means eating the right foods, getting enough sleep and exercise, and keeping your immune system strong. It’s also important to prepare for your recovery before your facial implant surgery. You may wish to pre-prepare some healthy meals, purchase some comfortable loose clothing and ice packs, and fill any prescriptions you may need in the week following surgery. You must stop smoking at least 30 days prior to your procedure.
You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and stay with you for a couple of days. This is particularly necessary if you have small children at home – you will need someone to assist you. You may wish to set up a recovery area where you can relax and sleep in an elevated position.
All surgical and invasive procedures carry risk, and these will be discussed during your consultation with your specialist plastic surgeon. All of our procedures are carried out in accredited hospital facilities with assistance from FANZCA qualified anaesthetists.
Our clinical team will provide you with specific pre and post-operative instruc-tions that will help to minimise risks.
Our clinical staff will provide you with clear post-operative instructions, including what to expect immediately following your procedure and expected time frames for returning to normal activities, prior to your procedure.
It is extremely important that you follow your Specialist Plastic Surgeon’s instructions after your facial implant surgery, as this will speed the healing process and allow for the best possible result.
All surgical procedures will result in scars however there are steps that can be taken to ensure visible scars are kept to a minimum. For instance, keeping your incision site protected from the sun, using tape and massaging the area once healed.
The cost of facial implants depends on a number of factors. This includes the complexity of the procedure, the experience of the surgeon, anaesthetic fees, hospital fees and implant costs. Once you have met with your surgeon and a clinical plan has been established, our client support officers will organise a quote.
To receive a more accurate cost for this procedure, please contact us to book a consultation with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons.
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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.