Facial Sculpture And Implants

Facial implants are designed to enhance the facial features by creating volume and smooth, round contours- creating a proportional and balanced appearance. Although they can be used alone, facial implants are often used in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures like with AFT, Rhinoplasty , Buccal fat pad excision to completely transform the face in selected patients.

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As we age, the effects of gravity, exposure to sun and the stress of daily life can be seen on our face. The skin and muscles become looser, forming folds and bands in the neck, the jawline grows slack, deep creases form between the nose and the upper lip.

The best candidates for a face lift are men or women whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well-defined. Most patients are in their 50’s – 60’s, but face lifts can be done successfully on people on both sides of the spectrum.

Changes can occur in the upper, mid, and lower portions of the face and as such different procedures target each of these areas. The brow lift & other periorbital rejuvenative procedures correct the upper face, The mid face lift specifically corrects the aging changes of the lower eyelids, cheeks and nasolabial regions. The lower face/neck lift corrects these areas too but has a stronger emphasis on the jowls and neck regions.

A face lift can be combined with other procedures to achieve a more harmonious result. A good facelift should be one without the usual tell-tale signs of such a procedure.

Facelifts need to be approached with caution in patients who have Hypertension, chronic smokers, those with clotting problems and tendency to form excessive scars. Be sure to inform your plastic surgeon of these conditions.

Cheek or Chin augmentation may be performed using either AFT to cheeks / chin or synthetic implants.

Implant – The incision is taken either inside the mouth (near the junction between the lip and the gums) or on the eyelids (for cheek augmentation). Through this incision a suitable pocket is made and the implant is inserted.

In some cases, a small Titanium screw may be used to attach the implant to the bone. The incision is closed using absorbable sutures. A compression dressing may be applied.

You will be advised to rest with your head elevated and to apply cold compresses to minimize swelling. Some patients experience difficulty in mouth opening or facial movements for the initial couple of days. You will be advised proper oral hygiene post-operatively. The stitches will dissolve by themselves over a period of time. The swelling will subside after 2 to 4 weeks.

You may have a detailed discussion about this during your personal consultation. Some of the possible complications include – Anaesthesia related risks, infection, shift of implant, asymmetry etc.

The New Look

Once the swelling subsides you face will look more harmonious. Give yourself plenty of time to get used to your new look. You may be surprised to find that most people won’t recognize that you’ve had facial implant surgery ..only that you look better.

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