Facial Implants – Jacksonville Plastic Surgery
Facial implant surgery of the chin, cheeks and jaw is performed at Jacksonville Plastic Surgery by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. John J. Obi. The facial implant procedure is performed at our on on-site surgical facility, The Jacksonville Plastic Surgery Center, on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation. Depending on which implants you choose, facial implant surgery can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. The Jacksonville Plastic Surgery Center is accredited by the prestigious American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).
The decision to have facial implant cosmetic surgery is a very personal one and the most frequent factors in this decision are:
• to improve and enhance facial contours
• to fill out a face that looks shrunken or tired
• to balance disproportionate features
• to restore a more youthful appearance
Facial implants can enhance your appearance and self-confidence, in addition to giving your face a more balanced and pleasing shape. Facial implants can be inserted alone or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as rhinoplasty. People find the facial implant procedure to be a most rewarding and beneficial experience.
Insertion of a chin implant may take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. The proper size and shape implant is selected to enhance your appearance and inserted 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.
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 facelift, forehead lift or eyelid surgery, the implants may be inserted through the incisions made for those procedures. Otherwise, an incision will be made either inside your upper lip or your lower eyelid. A pocket is then formed and an implant is inserted.
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.
There are risks involved with any surgical procedure and the specific risks and restrictions after surgery will be discussed in detail at your consultation. Generally it is recommended that patients avoid smoking and the ingestion of any medications (aspirin, Vitamin E, etc.) that may affect bleeding before any surgery is undertaken.
There are physical restrictions immediately following the surgery, and usually patients are able to return to normal activities within a few weeks.