Creating Poise and Beauty for the Face
Facial Implants have been used in plastic surgery for many years, just as implants have been used for other parts of the body dating back to generations ago. Facial implants can create poise and beauty for the face. At Dr. Kapoor's practice in Beverly Hills, California, procedures like chin, lip and cheek implants are popular due to Dr. Kapoor's wealth of experience in facial implants.
Chin, Jaw, Nasiofold, Lip, and Cheek Implants
Facial implants may be an adjunct to anti-aging treatment or the only procedure required to enhance imperfections of the face. Both men and women seek out chin, jaw, nasiofold, lip and cheek implants as soon as the face is fully developed or years thereafter for a variety of several reasons, including:
- Chin implants may be used to accentuate the chin.
- Jaw implants may be used to refine the jaw's appearance.
- Cheek implants may be used to create volume in the cheeks.
- Nasiofold implants can reduce the appearance of smile lines around the nose and mouth.
- Lip implants can provide ore fullness to the lips and improve the appearance of lip lines.
- Facial implants may be used to improve genetic facial deformities or those from traumatic injury.
Today, there are a variety of implants to select from in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and styles to accommodate for most any depression, volume loss or weakened area of the face. One of the beauties of facial implants is that the materials are biocompatible and have passed the test of time.
Considering Facial Implants?
There are several factors to consider in the decision for facial implant surgery, all of which will be reviewed at the time of an initial consultation, including:
- Patient medical history, including medical conditions, and current state of health.
- Patient goals for aesthetic and functional improvement, including any desire to alter genetic and ethnic features of the face.
- Patient age.
- Degree of loss, depression or weakened appearance of the specific facial feature that requires treatment.
- Shape and size of the imperfect facial feature in relation to other features of the face.
- Positioning of the facial feature to be treated in relation to the forehead, cheekbones, lips and chin.
- Quality of function in the facial feature that requires treatment.
- Review any possible alternatives or adjunct to treatment such as injectables which can provide temporary improvements to areas around the treatment area.
- Medical necessity should the implant be requested for functional reasons or the result of traumatic injury. Insurance may absorb all or a portion of the costs in the case of medical necessity
- Decision about the approach to the facial implant procedure.
Facial Implants: The Procedure
Facial implants may be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation in some cases. The procedure may be performed at our plastic surgery surgical or an affiliated hospital. The procedure requires up to three or more hours, depending upon the functional and anesthetic needs of the patient. The facial plastic surgeon considers all aspects of the face to create balance between all facial features. The procedure may be performed in conjunction with other facial plastic surgery procedures or body contouring plastic surgery procedures.
Chin implants, cheek implants, and jaw implants all require incisions for the implant placement. In chin implants, the incision may be made under the chin or on the inside of the mouth at a rim of the lower lip. Jaw implant incisions are made on both sides inside the mouth at a rim of the lower lip. Cheek implant incisions will be made at the lower eye lid or under the inside of the upper lips. Other facial implant incisions are made in most inconspicuous locations to be masked from the front of the face. After surgery, incisions are closed with dissolvable or un-dissolvable sutures and patients usually return home comfortably within two to four hours of surgery.
Recovering from Facial Implants
Patients may experience some discomfort following surgery and this can be managed with pain medication, when necessary. Patients who undergo facial implants with the use of un-dissolvable stitches will have the sutures removed within a few days following the procedure. Any dressing, tape or garment that is used will be removed several days after surgery. Patients usually return to work within five to ten days of the procedure. For the first few days after surgery, you will be directed to follow post operative instructions which may include, but not be limited to:
- Keep the head in an elevated position
- Refrain from activities that put pressure on the face such as bending over and exercise
- Change dressings regularly
- Soak gauze pads in ice chips and apply soaked gauze pads regularly to the treatment area or use a cold compress
- Do not go in the sun, use SPF 15 sunscreen or higher thereafter
Facial implant surgery is not usually associated with complications at our practice. Though, complications may occur with any medical procedure. Possible complications of facial implants include: temporary or permanent numbness in select areas, infection, and mal-positioning of the implant. It is important to report complications to your facial plastic surgeon should they arise so they can be treated. Revision facial implant surgery can be performed to touch up results when necessary.
The beauty of facial implants is that it is life enhancing permanent change. When you come in for an initial consultation at our office, you will have the opportunity to view before and after photographs of facial implant surgery patients with common features to yours. These photos will help set reasonable expectations for your procedure through a most highly skilled and technique driven board certified plastic surgeon that focuses on facial implants.
If you would like to work with Dr. Kapoor, contact the practice of Dr. Kapoor today.
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