What is Facial Implants?
Utilizing formed, solid materials that are compatible with human tissues, facial implants are designed to balance, enhance and augment the overall physical structure and appearance of your face.
The various types or size of the implants are based on your features that need correction, and the judgment of Dr. Jimerson.
The most common types of facial implants include ones for the cheek, chin and jaw.
Chin implants cannot only increase the size of the chin, but its projection from the face as well. This is important when the chin is not proportionate with the forehead and mid-face area.
Jaw implants are intended to increase the width of the lower third of your face. If your jaw is not well defined or distinct from the neck, jaw implants are appropriate.
Cheek implants fare used to increase the projection of the cheekbones, while adding volume to areas that may appear flat or recessed.
Are you a candidate for facial implant surgery?
As with most elective cosmetic procedures, there are several basic criteria that determine if you’re a good candidate for the facial implant surgery. They include:
- You are unhappy with a small chin, weak jaw or poor facial contour
- Your weight is stable and you are not significantly overweight for your height
- You enjoy relatively good health without any medical conditions that could jeopardize your healing or present surgical risks
- You’re a non-smoker (smoking can impair the healing process), and you have realistic expectations on what the surgery can do for you.
Cost for facial implant surgery
Costs can vary based on individual patient needs and the amount of surgery required.
The costs involved in this procedure include facility/hospital fees, medical tests, anesthesia fees, Dr. Jimerson’s fee and any medication or post-operative garments that may be required. Our staff will provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your procedure.
The Recovery Proces
Following your procedure, there will be some discomfort and swelling. The pain can be controlled with the medication prescribed by Dr. Jimerson. Bandages and dressings may be applied to the incision sites to keep it clean and to support the position of the implant.
Because different procedures are used for facial implants, Dr. Jimerson will give you specific instructions on how to care for the incision, what medicines you need to apply or take orally and what to look for.
Depending on the area needing augmentation in the cheek area, the implant will be positioned appropriately in the cheekbone. Most often cheek implants are placed using incisions in the mouth.
Chin implants may be done through an incision in your mouth, along the crease where you’re your lower lip and gums come together, or just beneath the chin. Dr. Jimerson will determine the best approach for the implant.
Jaw implants are most often placed using incisions inside the mouth. All incisions are sutured using absorbable sutures, or with ones that require removal within several weeks.
Depending on your goals and body type, you may have several procedures performed at the same time.
Risks involved in facial implant surgery
As with any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks or complications. You have to determine if the benefits that you’ll obtain from your procedure outweigh the risks involved.
Dr. Jimerson and his trained staff will do everything possible to minimize risks and postoperative complications. Risks may include:
- Anesthesia • Bleeding • Infection • Scarring •Poor wound healing • Damage to underlying nerves, muscles or blood vessels • Numbness or skin sensation changes • Persistent pain • Firmness around the implant • Shifting of implants • Possible need to revise the surgery • Problems with sutures that may require removal
It’s important to discuss any concerns you have with Dr. Jimerson prior to your surgery. If you have a question – please ask!
Meeting with Dr. Jimerson
Prior to surgery you will have a consultation with Dr. Jimerson. This is an important appointment, as it will give you an opportunity to ask questions about the procedure and what you can expect from the surgery.
He will discuss you specific goals, take a medical history and review your current medications. Photos are usually taken, both before and after the surgery.
You will also be able to learn what options are available to you, along with the risks and possible complications of the procedure.
Questions to ask Dr. Jimerson
Here are some questions to consider:
– What surgical technique is recommended?
– How long will the recovery period be for my surgery?
– What risks are associated with my surgery?
– What type of complications can happen?
– When will I be able to see the results of my surgery?
– Do you think that I’m a good candidate for this procedure?
Bes sure to ask any other questions you have about Dr. Jimerson, the procedure or anything else that concerns you about your surgery.
Facial implants surgery preparation
What happens prior to the facial implants surgery? You will have lab tests, and the doctor may have you take new medications or adjust the medications that you’re currently taking.
If you smoke, you must stop several weeks prior the surgery, as it can severely impeded the healing process.
Finally, you should arrange to have someone available to drive you home after your surgery, and to be with you for the first night.
The changes to your appearance from facial implants surgery will be immediate, but because of swelling it could take up to several months to see the final results. During the healing phase you may see swelling, discoloration and experience discomfort, but the final results of your surgery will be long-lasting.
Be sure to follow Dr. Jimerson’s instruction following your procedure to obtain optimal results
Why use Dr. Jimerson and the Advanced Plastic Surgery Solutions team?
Dr. Jimerson and his team have years of extensive training and experience in all areas of cosmetic surgery, liposuction and fat grafting. He has pioneered face and body sculpting techniques that bring patients exceptional, long-lasting results.
The team is committed to meet your unique needs, with a natural, long-lasting look. Because of his expertise, Dr. Jimerson offers patients reduced operative times, which means faster recovery times. In addition, he strives to use techniques that are safer than traditional procedures.
Schedule your appointment
The best way to determine if facial implant surgery is right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson. The doctor will discuss the procedure, evaluate your concerns relating to your body and answer any questions you may have. To schedule your appointment click here.