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Facial Implants

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We use jaw, cheek, and chin facial implants in our Albany practice to improve and enhance facial contours. Our plastic surgeons frequently use these implants to give the face a more harmonious balance and to increase self-esteem. We can use implants to help strengthen a jawline or bring the chin or cheekbones into balance with the rest of the face. There are many implants available, which are manufactured from a variety of materials.

Cosmetic surgery should be a rewarding experience that leaves you looking great and feeling more confident. Request a free cosmetic consultationRequest a free cosmetic consultation with one of the surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group or call (518) 438-0505.

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Meet the expertly trained Albany plastic
surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group,
serving the Schenectady, Saratoga Springs,
Utica, and Albany area of New York.

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Meet Our Surgeons

Meet the expertly trained Albany plastic surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group, serving the Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Utica, and Albany area of New York.

Learn More  Request Your Consultation 

The Procedure

Your operation may take place in an office-based facility, a freestanding surgical center, or a hospital outpatient facility. Sometimes, your plastic surgeon may require that you stay overnight. Your doctor will make such a recommendation based on your overall medical condition and whether another cosmetic procedure was performed simultaneously with the facial implant surgery. In some cases, facial implant surgery may require only local anesthesia combined with a sedative. However, more frequently, a general anesthesia may be recommended.

Chin Implant Surgery

Insertion of a chin implant may take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. During the procedure, the surgeon selects the proper size and shape implant to enhance your appearance and inserts it into a pocket over the front of the jawbone. The small incision to create the pocket and insert the implant is placed inside the mouth (along the lower lip) or in the skin just under the chin area.

Usually, the chin is taped after surgery to minimize swelling and discomfort. Sutures in the skin will be removed in 5 to 7 days. If an intra-oral incision is used, the sutures will dissolve.

Genioplasty patient shown before surgery with receding chin.

The lower section of bone is moved forward and wired into position.

Cheek Implant Surgery

Cheek implant surgery usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes. When cheek implants are being placed in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure, such as a brow lift, facelift, or eyelid surgery, the implants may be inserted through the incisions made for those procedures. Otherwise, an incision will be made inside the upper lip or lower eyelid. A pocket is then formed and an implant is inserted.

A cheek implant is inserted between the bone and chin tissue.

The postoperative patient with a balanced profile and slight scar under the chin.

Jaw Implant Surgery

Insertion of a jaw implant usually takes about 1 to 2 hours. Internal incisions are made on either side of the lower lip to provide access for creating a pocket into which the lower-jaw implant can be inserted. Dissolving sutures are used to close the incisions.

Recovering

Most people experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the affected areas for several days after their facial implant surgery. It's normal to experience some temporary difficulty moving your mouth and lips. Your plastic surgeon will instruct you about the dental hygiene, eating, and any restrictions to your activities after surgery. These instructions will vary, especially if another procedure was performed along with your implant surgery. Stitches used to close any incisions inside your mouth usually dissolve within about 10 days.

Remember, with any facial surgery, you may feel and look better in a short period of time. However, it may not be advisable to participate in certain activities – especially those that may result in the face being jarred or bumped – for several weeks. It's best to check with your plastic surgeon about such matters.

Potential Risks and Complications

Facial implants can produce some remarkable changes. Problems rarely occur, but you need to be informed about such possibilities. A facial implant can shift slightly out of alignment and a second operation may be necessary to move it back in place. Infection can occur with any operation. If 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.

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