Reshaping Chins and Cheeks
Enhanced facial contours lend a harmonious balance to face and features, the way how you feel about yourself. Facial contours are enhanced by the plastic surgeons using facial implants. Various implants made of different materials are available. The implants may be used in cheekbones or chin to create a balanced look on face or to strengthena jawline.
Following text includes description of some of the popular facial implants and their usage techniques. Although, the description may give you an overview of the all available procedures but may not answer all the questions relevant to an individual’s unique needs.
Know the Chin and Cheek Reshaping Procedures from Delhi Plastic Surgeon
If any of the described procedures suit your need, please ask for detailed information on them from your plastic surgeon.
What to expect from a facial implant?
Facial implants are the best way to give you better appearance and boost your self-esteem. If you want to improve your looks with realistic expectations, facial implant is the right solution.
Plastic surgeons routinely make use of implants to create proportionate features in case of younger patients. Often teenage girls ask for a reshaped nose or chin to be brought forward so as to have these features in better proportion with rest of the face. Older patients may opt for facial implants along with other cosmetic procedures. Such as, they may ask for implants to be placed over cheekbones during the face lift procedure to restore their youthful face. Implants also help in filling out faces that otherwise look tired or sunken.
All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk
Facial implants offer significant changes in your features for better. However, in rare cases problems may occur, and one should be guided about such eventualities beforehand. We attempt to describe a few such possibilities, but do not claim to offer comprehensive inventory of all potential risks.
Sometimes a facial implant may shift and become unaligned slightly, second surgical procedure may be required in such case for re-positioning the implants. Any operation or procedure may entail an infection. Infections may occur around facial implants, which are first treated with antibiotic. Still if the infection does not clear up, temporary removal of the implant may become necessary. In such cases implants may be replaced later. Ask for detailed description of all associated risks for the procedure you are opting for.
Some implants are made using solid silicone. No scientific data is available till date on the basis of which silicone may be considered harmful. You and your plastic surgeon should discuss all current information and findings related to the implant type you have chosen.
Planning your surgery
Clearly express all your expectations while discussing surgical process with your plastic surgeon. Plastic surgeons will guide you to know what can and cannot be achieved through cosmetic surgeries. Sharing the photographs of the people having facial features similar to your liking would help your plastic surgeon to assess your expectations.
Before nodding yes for the proposed surgical procedure, make sure that you understand all related aspects including cost details, recovery process and time etc. Some surgical procedures require incision to be made inside mouth. Therefore, it is important that your physician knows about your dental health or gum problems beforehand.
Seek advice from the plastic surgeon on such matters
As a part of your preparation for surgery, ask your doctor whether you will be able to drive on your own or will require transportation after surgery. Also find out if you should stop eating or drinking a night prior to surgery. Tell your doctor about the medications you regularly take, and whether you should stop those; including aspirin similar drugs. Your plastic surgeon may prescribe you a course of antibiotics before and after the procedure to prevent infection. Your plastic surgeon will provide information about these important matters during your pre-operative consultation.
Where your surgery will be performed?
Plastic surgeries may be performed at the hospital’s outpatient facility, office-based facility, or at any freestanding surgical center. In some cases, an overnight stay is required after the operation. Your doctor is the best person to assess your after surgery situation and will advise you accordingly based upon your general medical condition or whether other cosmetic surgery was also done simultaneously with facial implant surgery.
Types of anesthesia
Local anesthesia along with a sedative is sufficient for some facial surgeries. However, in most surgeries general anesthesia is recommended.
Process of chin correction may take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. During the procedure, the surgeon selects the proper size and shape implant to enhance your appearance and inserts it into a pocket over the front of the jawbone. The small incision to create the pocket and insert the implant is placed inside the mouth (along the lower lip) or in the skin just under the chin area. Usually, the chin is taped after surgery to minimize swelling and discomfort. Sutures in the skin will be removed in five to seven days. If an intra-oral incision is used, the sutures will dissolve.
Recovering from chin surgery
Be prepared for swelling and some kind of discomfort for some days in area that have undergone surgery. People also complain of difficulty while smiling and talking after chin correction surgery. This is normal and only temporary condition post-surgery. The area around chin and neck may also show up some black blue marks. Follow the instructions of your plastic surgeon regarding eating, dental hygiene or any restrictions following chin correction procedure.
Surgical procedure for cheek implants may take 30 to 45 minutes. Surgeries for cheek implant are also done along with other cosmetic surgeries including forehead lift, face lift or eyelid surgery. In such cases implants are inserted via the same incisions, made for earlier procedure. If cheek implant surgery is done in isolation, a cut is made either on lower eyelid or inside of upper lip. A pocket is thus created for inserting the implant. After surgery, a dressing will be applied to minimize discomfort and swelling. The severity and duration of such side effects may vary, especially if another cosmetic procedure was performed at the same time.
Recovering from cheek surgery
Post-operative care and instructions given by your plastic surgeon should be followed strictly. Expect dietary restrictions and some check on your routine activities. Instructions for post-operative care vary, especially in the case if implant surgery was done in conjunction with some other procedures. Most often patient experience diminished mouth and lip movements for some time after the surgery. Usually the stitches for closing the incision made inside your mouth dissolve away within 10 days.
It takes about an hour or two for inserting a jaw plant. Pockets for inserting lower jaw implants are created by making internal incision on the side of lower lip. Self-dissolving sutures or stitches are used for closing the incisions.
Recovering from jaw surgery
You may observe significant swelling immediately after surgery, which may peak after 24-48 hour. Although major swelling subsides after several days, mild swelling may prolong for months preventing your final facial contour to be noticed.
Expect some dietary restrictions and limitations on your activities during the healing period. It may take several days to weeks before you may be able to talk, smile or move your mouth normally. The surgeon would give you special instructions regarding dental and oral hygiene care during this phase.
Getting back to normal
Always remember that you will look and feel better within a short period after facial surgery.Nevertheless, certain activities should be restricted during recovery period. Especially the activities that run the risk of face getting bumped or jarred should be avoided for several weeks. Check with your plastic surgeon regarding this.
Your new look
It may take weeks or even months for you to get an accurate evaluation of your appearance. Allow yourself ample time for getting used to the makeover. You may be surprised to find that most people won’t recognize that you’ve had facial implant surgery — only that you look better.