Facial implants can enhance your appearance and bolster your self-esteem. If you are looking for improvement, not perfection, in your appearance and are realistic in your expectations, you may find that a facial implant is the right choice for you.
These procedures are performed by double board-certified surgeon Dr. Serebrakian at the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center’s (BALCSC’s) accredited surgery center. Per the patient’s decision, the procedure will be performed under either local or general sedation.
Dr. Serebrakian will frequently use such implants to bring better balance to the features of a younger patient. For example, a teenage girl may want her nose reshaped or her chin brought forward so that these traits are better proportioned to the rest of her face. The more mature patient may choose to have an implant placed in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure. For example, during a facelift, a patient may wish to have implants placed over the cheekbones to help restore a more youthful appearance. Implants may also be selected to fill out a face that appears “sunken” or tired.
During the chin implant procedure, the surgeon selects the proper size and shape implant to enhance your appearance and inserts it 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. Usually, the chin is taped after surgery to minimize swelling and discomfort. Sutures in the skin will be removed in five to seven days. If an intra-oral incision is used, the sutures will dissolve.
You will experience some discomfort and swelling in the affected area for several days. It’s normal to experience some temporary difficulty with smiling and talking. Black and blue marks may be visible around the chin and neck. Dr. Serebrakian will instruct you about dental hygiene, eating, and any restrictions to your activities after surgery.
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 gumline or your lower eyelid. A pocket is then formed, and an implant is inserted. After surgery, a dressing will be applied to minimize discomfort and swelling. The severity and duration of such side effects may vary, especially if another cosmetic procedure was performed at the same time.
Dr. Serebrakian will provide you with instructions about postoperative care. There will be dietary restrictions as well as limitations to your activities. Again, these instructions will vary, especially if another procedure was performed along with your implant surgery. However, you should be aware that your ability to move your mouth and lips may be diminished temporarily. Stitches used to close the incisions inside your mouth usually dissolve within about 10 days.
For more information on cheek augmentation and chin augmentation in the San Francisco Bay Area, call Dr. Serebrakian at (510) 724-8282 today!