A facial implant procedure may involve the following steps:
Facial implants are typically performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, where the patient is fully asleep or insensitive to pain during the procedure. Anesthesia allows the surgeon to perform the procedure with greater precision and control and minimizes the risk of movement or discomfort for the patient. The type of anesthesia used will depend on the patient's medical history, the surgery's extent, and the patient's and the surgeon's preferences.
The precise placement of an insert on the cheekbone is determined by the part of the face that needs to be enhanced. Usually, the implant is inserted through an incision inside the mouth. In cases where more than one procedure is done at the same time, cuts may also be made inside the lower eyelid or within the hairline as an alternative entry point for the implant.
When getting a chin implant, the incision is usually made inside the mouth, along the line where the lower lip meets the gums. An alternate way to get the implant is to make an incision just under the chin.
Jaw implant placement involves incisions inside the mouth, back along the jawline at the crease joining cheeks and gums. Your incisions are closed with absorbable sutures or removable stitches that are typically removed within one to two weeks following the surgery.
Recovery after facial implant surgery varies depending on the type and extent of the procedure. However, in general, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the days following the surgery. Getting plenty of rest and avoiding strenuous activities during the initial recovery period is important to allow the body to heal properly. Most patients can return to work and other normal activities within a week or two. However, following your surgeon's instructions closely and taking good care of yourself can help ensure a smooth and successful recovery.