Face

Facial Implants

Facial implants can be an excellent option for people seeking a rejuvenated and more symmetrical look to their face. The most common places to augment using facial implants include the jaw, cheeks or chin. Facial implants are more long-lasting than injectable fillers and can help men and women appear younger and their features more balanced.

Contact us online today to learn more about your options for facial implants in the cheek or chin. The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps men and women from Austin, Round Rock and throughout Texas. Count on our team to help restore function and appearance through a wide range of cosmetic procedures.

Benefits of Cheek or Chin Implants

Ensuring a balanced facial structure is an important aspect of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Facial implants can be used through the jaw line, chin and cheekbones to enhance facial definition. It’s common to perform a facial implant procedure in combination with other procedures. For example, a chin implant may be combined with rhinoplasty so a weak chin is built up to complement a more prominent nose shape. This allows your surgeon to perform a more conservative, subtle rhinoplasty while still meeting your appearance goals.

Facial implants can also be incorporated with a cosmetic facelift and other rejuvenation procedures to help people look younger. In some cases, augmenting the cheekbones helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Other procedures may be included to help men and women look younger as well. You can work with your surgeon to design a treatment plan that addresses all your appearance goals, including both surgical and nonsurgical procedures.

Facial implants are also commonly used in facial reconstruction surgery to repair significant bone damage and restore symmetry. Bone loss following an accident or facial tumor removal requires implants to rebuild structure again. In some cases, cheek or chin implants may be used in addition to injectable fillers for even more comprehensive results. Soft tissue reconstruction using tissue or skin grafts may also be incorporated for more extensive repairs.

Understanding the Procedure

Cheek implants are placed internally through the upper lip. This approach does not leave any external scars. The implant is positioned over the cheekbone into a surgical pocket that holds it in place. Alternatively, cheek implants can be placed externally through the lower eyelid. In this case, incisions are strategically hidden within the natural folds of the skin.

Chin implants can also be placed either internally or externally. Internally, the implants are placed into a surgical pocket through the lower lip. Externally, the incisions are made under the chin. Internal incisions are closed with dissolving sutures, while external incisions are removed in a week or so.

Recovery and Results

Some soreness and swelling occurs initially after a facial implant procedure. However, healing after placing cheek or chin implants tends to be rapid. The recovery time depends on whether additional procedures were included at the same time as the implants, with a more complex procedure taking longer to heal. Additionally, if implants were used for a reconstructive procedure, there are other factors that affect total recovery time. Most people return to work about one to two weeks after their facial implant surgery.

Facial implants from the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas add definition to the face for cosmetic reasons. Implants can also be used for physical reconstruction. After surgery, people usually notice improved facial contours and greater harmony among the facial features.