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Facial Implants

Facial Implant Surgery

The purpose of facial implant surgery is to help balance uneven
facial features or accentuate cheekbones to help you look more
youthful. The FDA-improved implants can be surgically inserted in
the cheek, jaw, chin, and other parts of the face.

Are You a Good Candidate for Facial Implants?

People who have loose facial skin, but enough elastic surrounding skin which can be repositioned, are good candidates for facial implants. These implants can also be used to give a weakened jaw a stronger appearance. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for facial implants is to talk to your plastic surgeon.

The Procedure

Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon to do your facial implant surgery. The procedure can be done in a hospital, an office surgical suite, or an outpatient surgery center. It will take about 30-60 minutes. Your surgeon may choose to use a local anesthetic, which leaves you awake but sedated, or a general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep. 

In most cases, patients can go home the same day as their surgery, but some patients will be required to spend the night in the hospital.

Cheek Implants

For cheek implant surgery, an incision will be made under the lower eyelid or inside the mouth, on either side of the upper lip. The surgeon will create a pocket for the implant to fit into, and then insert the implant through the incision.

You will experience some swelling and mild soreness in the cheeks following this procedure. If you are in pain, your surgeon can prescribe medication. In general, most patients are able to return to work and other normal activity within a week.

Chin Implants

For a chin implant surgery, your surgeon will make a small incision under your chin or inside your lower lip, and then insert the implant into a pocket or attach it to bone or soft tissue. The procedure takes about 30-45 minutes, and the effect is immediately noticeable.
You may have mild soreness, tightness or swelling in the lower part of your face following chin implant surgery. Talk to your surgeon about when you can return to your routine activities. And be aware of the complications that can arise from this procedure.  

Jaw Implants

For a jaw implant, an incision will be made on either side of the lower lip. The surgeon will form a pocket for the implant to fit into, and then insert the implant into the lower jaw through the incision.

For about a week, you will find it difficult to move your mouth. But you should regain movement over the next few months. Your jaw may be heavily bruised.

Your surgeon will give you instructions on the activities you can do, and how long you can do them. You also will be given a diet to follow and dental hygiene guidelines.

Your stitches will dissolve in about seven days. Immediately after surgery your jaw will begin to swell, and the swelling will persist for up to 48 hours. You may even have minor swelling for several months after the procedure.

Complications and Risks

As with any surgery, there are risks associated with facial implants. Typical problems are infections and  reactions to anesthesia. When infections are extremely severe, the implants may need to be removed and reinserted later.

In addition to swelling and bruising, you may also experience scarring, which can be reduced with other procedures. It may take several months to see the full results of facial implant plastic surgery.

Choose a Board-Certified Surgeon for Facial Implants

You cannot stop the aging process with facial implants. In time, wrinkles and other imperfections will reappear.

To get the optimal results, you should choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who is affiliated with the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who has extensive experience in facial implant surgeries. 

The Cost of Facial Implants

The total cost for the facial implant procedure includes fees for the surgeon, the facility, and the anesthesia. You can expect to pay a minimum of $2,000 for a single implant, and up to $5,000 or more for two or more implants.

While cosmetic surgery is generally not covered by insurance, if the procedure is deemed medically necessary your insurance provider may cover a portion, or all of the cost. If you can’t afford to pay the total cost all at once, ask your surgeon if you can arrange a monthly payment plan.

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