Facial implants are specially formed, bio-compatible, solid surgical implants that are designed to improve the contours of the face. They are commonly used in cosmetic facial augmentation procedures to add definition to certain areas of the face, enhance facial symmetry, improve overall facial harmony, or aid in restoring facial volume lost to aging. Facial implants may also be used in reconstructive surgery to aid in repairing cosmetic damage caused by facial trauma.
Facial implants are made by a variety of manufacturers and are made of a range of materials that are compatible with human tissues. All are designed to augment the face. They may be pre-contoured for use in common facial augmentation procedures, or custom made for specific patients and purposes.Some very common uses for facial implants include strengthening the jawline, adding definition to the chin, enhancing the shape, volume and definition of the cheekbones, or reshaping or defining the nose. Facial implants may be used on their own to enhance facial appearance, in combination with other cosmetic procedures, or as a component of reconstructive or orthognathic surgeries.
The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for facial implants is via a consultation with Dr. Arroyo, who can assess your cosmetic needs, overall health and other relevant factors to determine whether an augmentation procedure is the right treatment option for you.
Details of treatment that combines facial implants with other surgical treatment vary greatly from one patient to another and can only be offered on a case by case basis.Simple augmentation procedures are typically done on an out-patient basis using a combination of local anesthesia and IV sedation. Procedures generally take between 30 minutes and 2 hours, depending upon the particular facial implants to be placed.
Patients can expect some pain, swelling and bruising after surgery, and will have some restrictions on activity immediately after procedures that may be in place for just a few days or several weeks, depending upon the specifics of treatment. Recovery is generally complete within 4 to 6 weeks. Dr. Arroyo will be able to give you more specific details on surgery and recovery according to your individual circumstances.
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