What is a Facial Implant?
Facial implants can be performed to produce a more defined chin profile and distinct ja line or a better projection of the cheeks, which can dramatically improve a recessive chin, a rounded face and neck or a flat cheek.
Who is a candidate for this surgery?
Women and men who have flat or underdeveloped cheekbones, a weak or undefined chin. Men who want a more chiseled appearance in their jaw line may wish to consider Jaw implant.
What should I expect from my consultation?
During your consultation, you will learn about the surgery, its limitations and risks, and discuss your needs and concerns. This will help Dr. Nabil Fakih understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved. Dr. Nabil Fakih will carefully examine your face to assess the shape and detect asymmetries and determine what type of procedure would best maximize your result.
You and Dr. Nabil Fakih will discuss your goals for surgery using state of the art 3D Imaging which allows patients to see their face with added volume and dimension in the chin or cheek areas. This is a great opportunity to convey surgical desires to Dr. Nabil Fakih and he is able to show you how the implant will create balance in your features.
After your consultation we will take photographs for your medical record and we will discuss the surgery fees and scheduling dates. You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. Also provide information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries and medications that you currently take. It is important for you to provide complete information.
Facial Implants are made of a number of inert materials that do not cause any reactions by the body. Implants are inserted through the mouth or through natural creases, so that they are undetectable by the human eye. Implant materials are safe. The most commonly used implants are Silastic or Medpore. Each has been used for decades in facial and other surgery, safely. None of these products create tissue reactions or are rejected by the body. The most appropriate implant will be selected at the time of your consultation.
High cheekbones can be created with malar/cheek implants. Flattened cheekbones can be enhanced to create a more angular, dramatic look to the face. These implants are placed through the mouth. A number of anatomically matched shapes and sizes are available to give the correct amount of augmentation.
Chin Implants & Surgical Mentoplasty
A receding chin can be augmented with a chin implant. Minor enhancement of the chin may balance the rest of the face. As a matter of fact, almost 20% of people desiring rhinoplasty can be helped by a chin implant as well. A receding chin can accentuate one’s nose. Placing an implant will restore facial balance and make the nose fit even better. Chin implants are placed through a tiny incision under the chin or with an incision within the mouth. In case is under the chin, the scar is barely visible. Since natural facial balance is created, Chin Implants rarely are detectable by your peers. Dr. Nabil Fakih will select one of several chin implant designs that will best improve not only your profile but will fill out a narrow chin as well. Numerous sizes as well as computer imaging will aid in this selection. Other surgical alternatives, such as altering your own jaw to avoid using an implant will be discussed during the consultation. Also for the chin, if a person does not desire an implant, Dr. Nabil Fakih can make a surgical Genioplasty by advancing, retruding or balancing the shape of the chin by bone surgery and fixing it with plates and screws.
Jaw Angle Implants
Narrow jaws can be enhanced by “jaw angle” implants. A more balanced face can be created for patients without facial definition. These are often placed in conjunction with a chin implant to enhance a small jaw.
What to avoid before surgery?
It is vitally important to avoid all blood thinning medications/supplements for 2 weeks prior to surgery. This includes any aspirin or aspirin-containing products as well as any anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen or naproxen (including Motrin, Aleve and Advil). It is generally fine to be take Tylenol (Acetaminophen). Avoid supplements such as Vitamin E including multi vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids such as fish oil and flax seed oil. You will be given a complete list of medications/supplements to avoid at your pre op. All these medications can contribute to bleeding problems following surgery and can increase the amount of bruising.
All our patient are prepared by Dr. Paula Martin-Marfil with the Pre / Post surgical preparation program to enhance a quick recovery. Following facial implant surgery, you will go home on the same day. Mild swelling and bruising, of the lower face and neck in particular, are expected after a chin implant, and generally resolve after seven to ten days. Sutures placed inside the mouth during chin implant are all dissolvable, and any sutures beneath the chin are removed approximately five to seven days following rhinoplasty. Dr. Nabil Fakih suggests taking one week off work following a chin/cheek implant, however many are able to return to work after three or four days. Light aerobic activity (elliptical or Precor, light treadmill walking, stationary bicycle, recumbent bicycle) may be resumed as early as five to seven days following chin implant, and more strenuous activity is begun at two to three weeks.