ABOUT Facial Implants
Your facial features and contours are often some of the most noticeable and can help to convey initial impressions of character. Some individuals are simply dissatisfied with the appearance of their face, while others may feel subconscious about their appearance due to congenital defects or trauma to the face.
Anaesthesia & Stay
The procedures take about 1-2 hours and are usually carried out under local anaesthesia with sedation. They are done as daycare and you can leave the same day.
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Indications for Use
These implants are frequently chosen to enhance areas of the face for the following reasons
- areas of the face are asymmetrical
- an area of the face is not well developed
- an area of the face is malformed due to a health condition
- an area of the face has lost volume as part of the normal aging process
Most of the facial surgeries usually do not require a long hospital stay. Depending on the extent of the surgery some of the procedures can be completed on an outpatient basis which means they do not have to stay a night in the hospital. While most of the surgeries do require a hospital stay for a minimum of two nights. The surgeon generally provides the patients with a set of post-op instructions which must be followed to achieve complication -free results.
The instructions may include avoiding heavy strenuous activities for about two weeks, taking medications on time, avoiding intake of certain medications that may hinder the healing. However, most of the patients feel comfortable while returning to work after a week or two, following the surgery, when the swelling and bruising have disappeared.
A small incision on the inside of the mouth or along the underside of the chin.
Chin implants are pliable, which allows them to be inserted through a small opening, in a tension-free pocket.
Intra oral incision is closed & small bandages in combination with a compression bandage may be applied to provide comfort and support.
An incision inside the upper lip,near the top of the gums The soft tissue is elevated,and a pocket is created.
The pocket is usually positioned directly over the cheekbone. The triangular, pliable implants are inserted and carefully positioned, ensuring the proper fit.
Incisions inside your mouth are closed with dissolvable sutures. Stabilizing tape is applied for support.
The nasal implant procedure involves creating a small pocket in which the implant will be placed. An incision is made inside one or both nostrils and carefully sculpted pocket is created underneath the skin along the bridge and base of the nose. In some instances, cartilage and bone may be altered and reshaped in order to change the profile of the nose.
The implant itself can also be sculpted for a perfect result. The incision is closed, a stabilizing tape and a nasal splint are usually applied to keep the implant in the correct position as it heals.
Post Op Recovery
You will likely experience some tightness and swelling for a few days, and some people experience numbness in the implant area for several weeks. Initially, moving the mouth and chewing can be difficult, and you may be placed on a liquid diet for a couple of days. Discomfort or pain is commonly controlled with oral medications. The sutures inside your mouth will dissolve, and the stabilizing tape will be removed after about seven days. You may feel well enough to resume work in less than a week. For each type of implant procedure, scars are hidden in creases or in areas where they are difficult to detect, and they will fade considerably over time, making them almost imperceptible.
Problems though rare, can occur. Implants can shift slightly out of alignment and a second operation may be necessary to reposition them. If infection were to occur around a facial implant, the implant might have to be temporarily removed and replaced at a later time.
Sameer Karkhanis, MD
Board-Certified Mumbai Plastic Surgeon
Chief Plastic Surgeon & the Director at CCRS is a qualified Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He is Board Certified, with the qualification of DNB Plastic Surgery (Diplomate of National Board). He is an active member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.