Facial implants are used to enhance your appearance and improve facial contours. They are common in older women who want to fill our their face and restore a more youthful appearance. Facial implants are also used in younger patients who want to out their traits into better proportion. Similarly, this procedure is used for women who have had previous procedures and want to even out their features, such as someone who has had a nose reshaping.
There are three different types of facial implants:
Chin Augmentation: This procedure can take 30 minutes to an hour, in which an implant is inserted it into a pocket over the front of the jawbone. The chin is often taped to minimize swelling and discomfort. Most sutures will be removed in five to seven days after the procedure unless an intra-oral incision is used as sutures will dissolve.
Cheek Augmentation: This procedure can take 30 to 45 minutes, in which an implant is inserted through an incision either through your upper lip or your lower eyelid. Unless this is done with another cosmetic procedure, such as a facelift, forehead lift or eyelid surgery, as the implants can be inserted through incisions made for those procedures. A dressing is applied to minimise discomfort and swelling.
Jaw Augmentation: This procedure can take one to two hours, in which incisions are made either side of the lower lip. Dissolving sutures are used to close the incisions, so they dissolve.
The best candidate for facial implants is someone who is:
- Any age, but is emotionally ready for this procedure and the change
- Experiencing weak facial bones around the eyes, cheeks, midface, or chin and jawline
As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, it is important to remember that your surgery will not turn you into someone else and you should not rely on your procedure to change your life. If you are considering undergoing a procedure it is imperative you speak to someone you trust, are happy in your life and are simply seeking to enhance your appearance and confidence, rather than looking to completely change who you are. It is equally important you are psychologically ready.
Preparing for your Procedure:
It is important to discuss with your doctors and with us any:
- Medical conditions you have
- The medication you are taking - prescription, herbal and non-prescription
Once you arrive at your destination you will have a physical evaluation with your surgeon, where you will discuss your goals and concerns where you will finalise the plan for surgery. At this examination your surgeon will determine the best procedure for you and explain it to you in detail, including any limitations - after all, it is important that you head into surgery with realistic goals. It is during this examination that your surgeon will also make recommendations for other procedures.
In the lead-up to your surgery, it is important you do the following:
- Stop smoking. Smoking can cause problems with circulation and increase the possibility of complications
What to Expect:
Length of surgery:
These outpatient surgeries depend on the implants used and can range from 30 minutes to two hours. Depending on the extent of the implants, it can require one to two nights in the hospital.
Recovery and post-op care:
After your surgery, you will experience bruising, discomfort and swelling for several days. It is normal to experience temporary difficulty eating, smiling and talking, but your surgeon will talk to you about the right aftercare for you depending what implants you had. It is important to note that during your recovery with cheek and jaw implants itis common to lose temporary movement in your mouth and lips, it is also important to note that you will not be able to get an accurate idea of what your look is going to be like for a few weeks.
Length of Stay:
It is recommened you stay on holiday for atleast 10 days, during which time you will have follow up appointments with your surgeon. To get the most out of your recovery time we suggest you partake in gentle exercise, yoga classes and treat yourself to some pampering. If you are feeling up to it, there is plenty to see and do in Phuket, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
Other procedures to consider:
Some clients get a facelift, forehead lift or eyelid surgery. Non-surgical procedures can also be added to give an even more youthful appearance and change the texture of your skin so you return home even more refreshed, such as cosmetic fillers for reducing fine lines of laser resurfacing and chemical peels.
Preconditions and risks:
Risks and complications are minimised by using our highly-skilled, trusted doctors and nurses. However, with every precaution taken complications can still occur. These are rare and few patients experience any issues. If you have any concerns about your procedure and the possible preconditions and risks, discuss them with your doctor and nurses.
Potential risks include:
We minimize risks and complications by selecting patients carefully and always having the most skilled surgeons, physicians and nurses carry out procedures. However, despite the highest standards, complications can occur. They are rare, and most patients will not have complications, but if you have concerns about possible complications, please discuss these with your doctor.
- Implants can shift slightly out of alignment, which requires a second operation to fix.
- Unfavorable scarring
- Change in skin sensation
It is important to read the general preconditions and risks page before any surgery.