Facial implants are a form of cosmetic surgery used to improve a person’s facial contours or provide a more harmonious balance to their face and features. Facial implants also restore shape to a face after trauma or major disease. Implants may be made of human tissue, such as bone or fat cells, or synthetic materials such as silicone or polythene. Some people choose to have cheek implants to enhance the appearance of their face and boost their confidence. Cheek implants can make the cheeks look larger, higher, or fuller. With both cheek and chin implants, the purpose is to provide facial proportion and an overall enhancement of the face.
Cheek implant surgery usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes. If you are just having implants, the steps generally include:
An incision (cut) is made either inside your upper lip or through your lower eyelid.
A pocket is formed and the implant is inserted.
The implant is held in place by the cheek muscles, stitches or metal screws.
Stitches are used to close the incisions inside your mouth – these usually dissolve within about 10 days.
When cheek implants are being placed as part of another cosmetic operation (such as a facelift, forehead lift or eyelid surgery), the implants may be inserted through the incisions made for those procedures.
In this procedure, the surgeon will use an implant to add volume and structure to your chin. This is achieved through an incision made either under the chin or inside the lower lip where a pocket is made and the implant inserted.
Dr. Friedman and his staff will give you all the proper post-operative instructions following your facial implant. These will likely include instructions on mouth hygiene if you have wounds inside your mouth. For example, you may be advised to use mouthwash rather than a toothbrush for a while. Recovery is generally rapid. You can expect to be back at work within a week if no other procedure besides facial implant surgery was performed.
To find out more about our Facial Implants service, visit Dr. Friedman’s office locations at 7600 E Camelback Road, Suite #7, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 and 903 N. Beeline Highway, Suite A, Payson, Arizona 85541, or book an appointment by calling 480-664-0125 today.