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Facial implants for cosmetic purposes are typically done to enhance the face’s underlying structure in order to give it proportion and balance. While implants may be used in any part of the face, the cheeks, chin and jaw are the most common sites for facial implants.
Facial implants are made from solid, bio-compatible materials and are often combined with other facial contouring procedures such as rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) or ear surgery.
In addition to the risks associated with anesthesia, you may experience infection, minor nerve damage, or shifting or misalignment of the implant.
Not every person is a candidate for this procedure, and your risks may be greater or different than those of other patients. Your plastic surgeon will review all potential risks and complications with you prior to the surgery.
Your doctor will recommend the best type of anesthesia for you but facial implants can be performed under local anesthesia or under general anesthesia.
During the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision near the part of the face where the facial implant is to be placed and will create a pocket in the facial tissue. After inserting the implant, the muscles and tissues surrounding the pocket hold the implant in place.
Following the procedure, it is common to have swelling, numbness and discomfort at the surgical site. Your facial movements also may be limited. If your implants were placed through incisions made inside your mouth, you may be restricted to a soft or liquid diet for several days as you continue to heal.
In most cases, your sutures will stay in for seven to 10 days, and the healing will take several weeks. In addition, you may have some swelling for a few months after surgery.