What are Facial Implants?
If you are bothered by a small chin, weak jaw, or lack of facial contour, you may want to consider facial implants. Facial implants can enhance the underlying structure of the face, improving proportion and balance.
Although facial implants can help to correct most any part of the face, the common areas for their use are the chin, jaw or cheek.
Chin implants: can increase the size and projections of a weak chin.
Jaw implants: increase the width of the lower third of your face. A weak jaw can cause disproportion in your face.
Cheek implants: increase the projection of the cheekbones to add volume to flat areas of the face.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Individuals who have a weak, receding chin, have a weak jawline, or wish to enhance the contour and proportion of their facial structures may be able to benefit from facial implants. Facial implants are best placed for people whose head and skull have reached physical maturity, which usually occurs in late adolescence.
Good candidates for facial implants in Grand Rapids are:
• Healthy, with no life-threatening illnesses or medical conditions that can impair healing
• Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for improvement of facial features
Overall, the best way to determine if facial implants are right for you is through a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Dodde.
How is the Procedure Performed?
The procedure for facial implants is done similarly for all areas of the face. First, surgical markings will be created on the face to help the surgeon with placement of the implant. General and/or local anesthesia will be administered, and small incisions will be created near the treatment area. A pocket will be created in the facial tissue, and the implant will be inserted. Sutures will close the incisions and bandage or tape may be applied.
Following facial implant surgery, patients may experience bruising and swelling, which can be alleviated with cold compresses. Patients should sleep at a 45-degree angle for at least one week to help reduce swelling. Most patients can return to normal activities within a week. After 4-6 weeks patients can return to rigorous exercise.
If you are interested in facial implants in the Grand Rapids area, contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Dodde.