One thing talent agents and scouts look for in future supermodels is facial symmetry. It’s pleasing to the eye but astonishingly rare, since most faces and features are asymmetrical. While it is impossible to create perfect symmetry from forehead to chin, it is possible to create balance and proportion with facial implants. Implant surgery may be performed alone or as a complement to other contouring procedures, including ear, nose or facelift surgery.
In this article, we’ll discuss the various options available in facial implants to help you make a knowledgeable and informed decision about whether this procedure is right for you.
Facial Implants for Better Balance & Proportion
Like faces, facial implants come in all shapes and sizes. Your surgeon can use them to augment the physical structure of your face and enhance your features. Facial implants are made of solid, specially formulated materials that are “biocompatible,” meaning that your body accepts them when they are implanted. The three most common implants are:
- Chin implants – Designed to increase the size and correct the projection of a chin that does not “stick out” in proportion to the forehead and mid-face. A chin implant can also correct a recessed chin that seems to disappear into the neck of an individual of normal weight, rather than appearing as a distinct facial feature.
- Cheek implants – Designed to increase the projection of the cheekbones. Cheek implants increase volume to areas, which may be recessed, or ?at.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Facial Implant Surgery?
The best candidates for facial implant surgery are people who are
- Generally healthy.
- Have no major medical issues (i.e. diabetes, haemophilia).
- Do not smoke.
- Have facial bones that have reached physical maturity.
- Are bothered by a small chin, weak jaw or lack of facial contour.
- Have clear goals, a positive outlook, and a realistic understanding of what the results of their procedure may be.
What to Expect When You Have Facial Implant Surgery
There are three phases to facial implant surgery:
- Step 1 – Anaesthesia – To ensure your comfort during implant surgery, you will be given intravenous sedation or general anaesthesia. Your surgeon will recommend the best choice for you.
- Step 2 – Incisions – If you are having a chin implant, your surgeon may make an incision inside your mouth, along the crease that joins your gums to your lower lip. Alternatively, your surgeon may choose to make an incision just beneath the chin.
The specific area of the cheek to be augmented determines the placement of the incision. Generally, cheek implants are placed through incisions in the mouth, but when they are part of a “suite” of surgeries, alternate incision sites may be more appropriate.
- Step 3 – Closing the Incisions – Your surgeon may choose absorbable sutures, which will “disappear” on their own, or stitches, which will have to be removed in about a week.
- Step 4 – Recovery, Healing, Rejuvenation – Mild pain, swelling, bruising, and numbness are all normal and expected following facial implant surgery. You will be given antibiotics to prevent infection, but an over-the-counter analgesic is generally sufficient to control any discomfort.
While the initial outcome of cosmetic surgery with facial implants is noticeable almost immediately, visible swelling will obscure it. It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate.
Possible Risks and Complications Associated with the Procedure
As with any surgical procedure there are risks including:
- Negative reaction to anaesthesia.
- Risk of hematoma.
- Irregular scarring.
Specific risks related to facial implant surgery include:
- Hematoma (blood clots).
- Inflamed, itchy scars.
- Temporary difficulty talking or smiling.
Please note at this time Dr Roth is not performing facial implant procedures.