People want to look attractive and beautiful always. Today, they do not mind spending money on not only cosmetics but medical procedures which can help them achieve the face that looks perfect. The world of cosmetic medicine has seen advancements by leap and bounds and today, there is no dearth of surgical procedures both invasive as well as non-invasive which can help a person look like a celebrity.
One of the very popular procedures available today is facial implant surgery. Facial implants are meant to reconstruct, rejuvenate or enhance a person’s facial features and contours. They are available in a wide variety of styles as well as sizes and help in balancing out the proportions of the face. Facial implants can be used to accentuate chin, jaw or neck or to enhance the cheekbones.
For those who have a receding chin and want it to be more pointed and projected chin implants can be a great option. Chin implants also enhance the jaw line. Ageing can be detrimental to one’s looks and the body part which displays the earliest signs of ageing is the neck. Implants on the neck line can restore the curve of the neck thereby giving it a youthful appearance. Facial implants are also a perfect solution for those who have acquired or congenital facial asymmetry and want proportioning of the aesthetics.
There are several benefits of facial implants. They are highly effective in correcting and restoring the symmetry of facial features especially the chin and the neck. They can be used independently unlike fat grafting which involves movement of fat from one body part to another. The results are permanent and the procedure does not take too long. People who lack definition in their jaw line which causes the neck line to become undistinguished can benefit from facial jaw implants. Similarly, the shape and the contours of the neck can be made well defined with the help of facial implants.
Whether the facial implants are being used for jaw, neck or chin the pattern of procedure is nearly the same. Firstly the surgeon will mark out the area on the face where the implant has to be made which gives a clear picture of the situation and also helps the surgeon to avoid the areas which are not supposed to be treated. A local as well as general anesthesia is given to the patient. After the incision is made, a pocket is formed on the skin on the area where the implant is supposed to be placed. The implant is placed in the position with the help of a clamp. The incision is sutured and later on dressed with a bandage.
Facial implants are available in a variety of materials. Mostly, the facial implants which are used are made up of solid silicon rubber and the standard four mm shells are generally used for all patients. Three mm shells may also be used for better effect. Custom designed implants may also be used but they are expensive as well as time consuming.
For the chin implants, the incision is made under the chin or inside the mouth on the gums. For the jaw implants the incisions are made either inside the mouth or lower eyelids.
Since a cosmetic procedure can have permanent psychological and medical implications it is therefore important to speak to the surgeon openly about the cosmetic expectations. The surgeon can give a patient a clear picture about what to expect from the facial implant procedure. It is important for the patient to communicate to the surgeon what exactly is expected so that the surgeon can choose the perfect type of facial implant for the patient. The medical history should be elaborated to the surgeon by the patient. Any type of medical condition and any allergies should also be told to the surgeon.
It is important for the patient to stop smoking before a period of minimum six weeks before the surgery. Any blood thinning medicines should also be stopped before the procedure.
It is very normal to have some post-operative swelling after the procedure. Mild discomfort is present for sometime after the procedure. To alleviate the swelling and bruising, ice pack may be prescribed. It is important to follow all the instructions after the surgery very religiously. Rigorous activities and sports should be avoided for a few weeks after the surgery.
The results of facial implants are permanent but they can be damaged due to sports injuries or trauma to the face. In very rare cases they may acquire an infection. There are very rare possibilities of some complications such as scarring, damage to underlying muscles, bleeding, infection, adverse reaction to anesthesia, lack of sensation etc. In extremely rare cases the implants may move from their position or they may protrude owing to infection or trauma.