Added on 26th February 2021 in Blog
Facial implants can be inserted into the face in order to create more definition where tissue is not as defined as the patient would like. These are most commonly used in the cheeks or chin to create a more contoured look.
The results of these types of facial implants, as opposed to fillers that only last for around 6 months to a year. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about different types of facial implants.
What are facial implants made out of?
Facial implants are most commonly made out of solid silicone, which is why they can last a lifetime. Sometimes you will also find Medpor or Gore-Tex implants, although silicon is the most common type of facial implant.
What different types of facial implants can you get?
The two main types of facial implants are cheek and chin implants. Both surgeries would take around an hour to an hour and a half and will require about a week of recovery time.
Other implant options are available, although this will depend on the surgeon.
When you have cheek implants, an incision would be made either inside the upper lip or in the lower eyelid, which helps to minimise visible scarring. Then, the surgeon creates a pocket which will allow this type of facial implant to be inserted and secured, before being stitched up.
Chin implants are another type of facial implants, in which the incision would either be in the inside of the mouth or under the chin. Again, a pocket is made, the implant is inserted and the incision is stitched.
If your surgeon does offer jaw implants, this type of facial implant is usually placed in between the bottom of the gums and the cheek, in order to subtly increase the definition of the jaw. People who have this type of facial implant often have very little definition between the face and neck.
Are there any risks with facial implants?
If you are considering having one of these types of facial implants, then there are a few risks you should be aware of. Whilst the procedure is straight forward, any surgery comes with risks. More common complaints following the surgery are temporary numbness, bruising and swelling.
Uncommon complaints such as movement of the implant, infection or issues with the skin are not regularly reported, however your surgeon will discuss these with you in more detail.
For those of you considering a permanent solution to increase the definition in your face, facial implants could be for you. The more permanent solution, when compared to dermal fillers, is appealing to many people, although the risk is slightly higher. You can discuss this with a surgeon in order to decide which path is right for you.
If these types of facial implants are something you are interested in, or you want to find out more information about different types of facial implant, feel free to visit our facial implants page. You can also have a look at our case studies showing the before and after images of our facial implant patients.
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