Chin Implant

Posted on 24 abril, 2015

How is a facial implants procedure performed?

The procedure for placing facial implants follows a similar pattern for all facial areas.

  • Surgical markings are drawn on the face to assist the surgeon in implant placement, and to indicate location of underlying structures to avoid.
  • The patient is positioned supine (face-up) on the operating table and general anesthesia is administered, along with a local anesthetic.
  • The surgeon makes a small incision near where the implant will be placed.
  • A pocket is made in the facial tissue in which to insert the implant.
  • The implant is gently inserted using a sterilized clamp.
  • The incision is closed with sutures and may be bandaged or taped.

How will I look and feel immediately following facial implants?

You will experience postoperative bruising and swelling, with mild to moderate discomfort for a day or two. A cold compress can be applied to the operative site to reduce swelling, bruising and pain. You may be restricted to a liquid-only diet for one or two days. You will most likely be mobile the day of your surgery, but your activities will be restricted.

Recovery time frame after facial implants

It is vitally important that you follow all patient care instructions provided by your surgeon. This will include information about wearing compression garments, care of your drains if placed, taking an antibiotic if prescribed and the level and type of activity that is safe. Your surgeon will also provide detailed instructions about the normal symptoms you will experience and any potential signs of complications. It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.

The first two weeks

  • You should be able to return to work and other normal activities within a week.
  • You should recline in a face-up position at a 45-degree angle for at least one week.
  • Stitches are removed in five to ten days; sutures placed inside the mouth will dissolve in a similar period of time.
  • You may be restricted to a soft diet for up to ten days.

Week two to eight

  • After four to six weeks, vigorous physical activity can be resumed.