Common facial implants include the cheek, nose, chin and lip implants. Occasionally, custom implants are needed to correct facial asymmetries or deformities resulting from trauma for reconstructive surgery.
Implants may be placed as a primary procedure, but are often done in combination with other procedures such as a facelift, chin and / or neck liposuction, brow lift, neck lift, rhinoplasty, and other cosmetic procedures, to complement a result. Recovery depends on the area being treated and if additional procedures have been performed during the same surgical visit.
Most facial implants, including nasal implants, cheek implants, and chin implants used by Dr. Houser, are made from solid silicone, are well tolerated and have been used by plastic surgeons for many years.
The incision from a chin implant is very small. The scar should be almost imperceptible and is well hidden just below the chin.
You should expect some swelling and some patients experience bruising. Most patients report only mild discomfort, not pain, following the procedure. Many also report some temporary (usually a week or two) difficultly or awkwardness in smiling or chewing food.
Cheek implants along with a facelift should improve this. When performed with a facelift, cheek implants may give more fullness to the mid-portion of the face to accentuate the cheekbones. The incisions used are either through the mouth or the eyelid.
Although no two patients are just alike, the placement of facial implants is usually performed on an outpatient basis at our fully certified and American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilitates (AAAASF) fully compliant surgical facility