If You’re Considering Facial Surgery…

Plastic surgeons use facial implants to improve and enhance facial contours. Frequently, these implants will help to provide a more harmonious balance to your face and features so that you feel better about the way you look.

There are many implants available, and they are manufactured from a variety of materials. They may help to strengthen a jawline or to bring the chin or cheekbones into balance with the rest of the face.

This brochure describes some of the facial implants currently available, as well as the techniques for their use. It will familiarize you with these procedures but cannot provide all the details that may be relevant to your particular needs.

If you feel that one or more of the procedures described in this brochure may be of benefit, be sure to ask your plastic surgeon for more information.

What to Expect From a Facial Implant

Facial implants can enhance your appearance and bolster your self-esteem. If you are looking for improvement, not perfection, in your appearance and are realistic in your expectations, you may find that a facial implant is the right choice for you.

Plastic surgeons will frequently use implants to bring better balance to the features of a younger patient. For instance, a teenage girl may want her nose reshaped or her chin brought forward so that these traits are better proportioned. The more mature patient may choose to have an implant placed in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure. For example, during a facelift, a patient may wish to have implants placed over the cheekbones to help restore a more youthful appearance. Implants may also be selected to fill out a face that appears “sunken” or tired.

All Surgery Carries Some Uncertainty and Risk

Facial implants can produce some remarkable changes to you appearance. Problems rarely occur with facial implant surgeries, but even still, you need to be informed about the risks involved. This brochure will touch upon a few of those risks, but is not intended to provide a detailed or complete inventory of the potential risks involved.

A facial implant can shift slightly out of alignment, and a second operation may be necessary in order to replace it in its proper position. An infection can occur with any operation, no matter how routine it may be. If an infection were to occur around a facial implant and did not clear up after treatment with antibiotics, the implant might have to be temporarily removed and replaced at a later time. Other, less-frequent risks may be associated with certain implants. Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon for a description of the risks associated with the procedure in which you are interested.

Some of the implant materials are made of a solid silicone. Currently, there is no scientific evidence that this is a harmful substance. Your plastic surgeon will be happy to discuss any current scientific findings concerning the type of implant you’re considering.

If you have questions or concerns about the risks involved with facial surgery, or about the procedure itself, make sure that you discuss them with your surgeon before you commit to the procedure.

Planning Your Surgery

When you discuss your surgery with your plastic surgeon, be certain that you clearly express your expectations. Your plastic surgeon will help you determine what is possible to achieve. It may be helpful to provide your surgeon with photos of people who have facial features similar to those you would like to have.

Be sure you understand the details of the proposed surgery, including the cost and what to expect during your recovery.

Is facial surgery in Loveland right for you? Schedule your complimentary consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon today!