Procedure: Change the basic shape and balance of the face using carefully shaped implants to build up a receding chin, add prominence to cheekbones, or reshape the jawline.
Length: 30 minutes to two hours.
Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general.
In/outpatient: Usually outpatient. Occasionally overnight hospital stay.
Side effects: Temporary discomfort, swelling, bruising, numbness and/or stiffness. In jaw surgery, inability to open mouth fully for several weeks.
Risks: Shifting or imprecise positioning of implant, or infection around it, requiring a second operation or removal. Excess tightening and hardening of scar tissue around an artificial implant (capsular contracture), causing unnatural shape.
Recovery: Back to work: about 1 week. Normal appearance: 2 to 4 weeks. Activity that could jar or bump face: 6 weeks or more.
Duration of Results: Permanent.
|Preoperative appearance||Chin implants||Cheek implants|
|Malar implants||Postoperative appearance|
Actual patient photographs available at time of consult.