- What is the facial implant operation?
A prominent chin can be reduced by removing a portion between the chin and the bone, and the withdrawn chin can be constructed either by pushing the bone in the face, or by inserting an implant on the bone. Each of these operations is carried out by a cut made in the void between the lower lip and the gum, although if an implant is used, the surgeon may recommend that the incision be made in the natural clasp under the chin.
Flat bones of chees can be constructed by inserting implants over the bones of the cheeks, usually through the incisions that are made inside the mouth, in the place where the cheek joins the upper gum. The implants used are typically made of silicone or other biological materials and are safe and well tolerated by the body. Sometimes it is necessary to use a bone graft, which could be taken from the ridge of the hip where it leaves a visible scar. These operations can normally be performed at the same time as other cosmetic surgeries such as facial lifting or nose reshaping operation.
- Who is a good candidate for the facial implant surgery?
When we talk about the usual appearance of the face, we understand that there is a “normal” balance of the characteristics of the face-especially the nose, chin and cheeks bones. If one of these features is disproportionate to the other, the appearance of the face can be viewed as an unusual one or perhaps “abnormal” especially for someone aesthetically sensitive. Because it is instinctive for most of us to want to look good, it is understandable that a person may feel impaired if a characteristic of his face is disproportionate; Either too big or too small.
- The costs of the facial implant operation.
The operation costs of otoplasty depend on the operative technique used and concomitant procedures. The cost varies between 1500 EUR-2600 EUR. These costs include the surgeon’s fee, anesthesiologist and hospitalization as well as all the medications and materials necessary for the operation and during hospitalization.
What happens before the operation?
Before surgery The surgeon will perform a consult in which he will examine the bones of the face and very likely you will need to perform a CT (computer tomograph) for a proper evaluation of the bone structure and bone position. He’s also going to talk to you. The objectives of the operation will set the size of the plant and will perform a computerized simulation of the face as it will look after the introduction of the plant.
Because of the risk of infection, it is very important that the mouth is healthy and there is no infection to the teeth. We strongly recommend that you consult your dentist for questions if you have any doubts.
How can I help the operation to be a success?
- How to do the facial implant operation.
Chin Implant Surgery
Inserting a chin implant may take between 30 minutes and one hour. During the operation, the surgeon selects the appropriate size and shape implant to improve the appearance and inserts it into a pocket above the front side of the jaw. A small incision is performed to create the pocket and insert the implant, incision placed inside the mouth (along the lower lip) or in the skin immediately below the area of the chin.
Usually the chin is bandaged after surgery to minimize swelling and discomfort. The sutures in the skin will be removed after 5-7 days. If an intra-oral incision is made, the sutures will self-dissolve.
Cheek implant Surgery
The surgery of the cheek implant usually lasts about 30 to 45 minutes. When the cheek implants are carried out in combination with another cosmetic procedure, such as a brow lift, face lifting or an operation to the eyelids, the implants can be inserted through the incisions made for these procedures. Otherwise, an incision will be made in the upper lip or in the lower eyelid. Then a pocket is formed and an implant is inserted.
Surgery of the jaw implant
The introduction of the jaw implant usually lasts 1 to 2 hours. Make internal incisions on each side of the lower lip ensuring access to create a pocket where the implant can be inserted for the lower jaw. Self-dissolution sutures are used to close these incisions.
- How long does the operation take, hospitalization is required?
Your operation can take place in a medical cabinets unit, an independent surgical center or an outpatient hospitalization unit. Sometimes your plastic surgeon can ask you to stay overnight. Your doctor will make such a recommendation according to your general condition and if another cosmetic procedure was performed simultaneously with facial implant surgery. In some cases, facial implant surgery may require only local anesthesia combined with a sedative. However, most commonly, a general anesthesia may be recommended.
- Alternative procedures to the operation of facial lifting and neck lifting.
- What do I expect after the operation?
These operations are usually carried out under general anesthetic for which you should stay in the hospital at least overnight. You can expect moderate pain intensity in the first two days and a wound in the mouth in the area where the seams are located. If you have had a chin surgery, you may be immobilized for a few days. Sometimes it is necessary for a cheek implant to be stabilized with a lateral seam in the first 4 days.
The most important thing you need to do is to treat your face gently and avoid disturbing your implant by touching or, worse, trying to feel if it moves. Do not support your chin in your hand. Keep your mouth clean and wash your mouth with water after meals until the seams dissolve. When washing your teeth, you should be careful not to open your scars with your toothbrush. You will need at least a week of sick leave
- Risks and side effects associated with the operation
- There is a minimal risk that a part or all of the lip is permanently numb and there is just as little risk of feeling a certain weakening of one or more muscles around the mouth.
- Occasionally, the pressure of an implant can subdue the underlying bone and, if the roots of the teeth are nearby, they can also be weakened.
Sometimes an implant may slip out of place and require an additional operation to reposition it.
- Occasionally, these operations are complicated due to infections occurring as pain, swelling, redness and may need to remove the implant to clean it. If necessary, the implant can usually be replaced once the infection has been eliminated.
Recovery and some tips for a good recovery.