In the right candidates, facial implants are a safe and effective way to enhance poorly defined features and improve self-confidence. Facial implants can offer patients a stronger chin, more chiseled jawline or fuller cheeks. Modern advances in medical technology, devices and materials mean that facial implants are more popular than ever.
Candidates for facial implants with Dr. Genaro Valladolid are in good physical health and have reached their physical maturity (i.e., their head and skull have stopped growing). Candidates should not smoke, or can quit several weeks prior to surgery, and should have specific, reasonable goals of surgery.
Chin implants improve the prominence and projection of a weak or recessed chin. The implant increases the distance and distinction between the chin and neck in cases where the chin seems to disappear into the neck. In suitable candidates, placing a chin implant creates balance and harmony between the facial features.
Cheek implants increase the projection of the cheekbones and add fullness to flat, hollow or gaunt-looking cheeks. Increasing volume in the mid face area helps recapture a more youthful appearance.
Jaw implants add structure and definition to a weak or poorly defined jaw.
Implants are made from synthetic materials like silicone that are completely compatible with human tissues. They come in different sizes and shapes; Dr. Valladolid works with each patient to select the implant type and size that is best suited to the patient’s facial anatomy and goals. He can use computer planning software to help patients preview the likely outcome of facial implant surgery and make decisions about treatment.
The procedure to place facial implants is performed on an outpatient basis with anesthesia. A chin implant is usually placed through an external incision under the chin, although in some cases it can be placed through an incision inside the mouth. A cheek implant is usually placed through an incision inside the mouth, and a jaw implant is placed through an incision made on both sides inside the mouth and another central incision on the skin under the chin or inside the mouth in some occasions. The implant is then inserted into a pocket Dr. Valladolid creates inside the facial tissues.
Dr. Valladolid commonly uses facial implants in combination with other procedures, such as neck liposuction, rhinoplasty or eyelid lift for more dramatic transformations.
After facial implant surgery, swelling, bruising and mild discomfort are common. Dr. Valladolid provides complete instructions regarding wound care, pain medication and activity limitations. Most patients are able to return to work within one to two weeks of surgery, at which time the majority of the bruising, swelling and discomfort will have subsided. Dr. Valladolid clears patients to resume exercise and more strenuous activities usually six weeks after surgery.
For more information about facial implant surgery, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our practice today. You can reach our Scottsdale or Mesa offices by calling (480) 770-5015 or by sending us an email via our website.