Facial implants are used to enhance certain features of your face, including your cheeks or your jaw line. The surgery may be elective, or part of the reconstruction of the face due to an accident or illness, or needed as the result of prior surgery on the face. Through a facial implant, a maxillofacial surgeon can aesthetically improve facial contours.
Depending on your medical history and your overall objectives of this surgery — our doctors can recommend several courses of action. Surgery can be done with local anesthesia with an oral sedative to help you relax or general anesthesia which means you’ll be put to sleep. The length of surgery will depend on which part of your face is affected, but it commonly lasts between one to two hours. You may want to consider lower jaw, cheek or chin implants.
- Lower jaw implant. The implant is placed inside of the lower lip. Incision site will be secured with sutures that will dissolve in about one week. The procedure takes one to two hours.
- Cheek implant. The implant is placed internally through upper lip or externally via your lower eyelid. Sutures will vary depending on whether they’re internal or external. The procedure takes about an hour.
- Chin implant. The implant is placed internally to the lower lip, or under your chin. As with the cheek implant, sutures will vary depending on whether they’re internal or external. The procedure takes 30 minutes to an hour.