Facial implants are designed for reconstructive or rejuvenative purposes. The facial implant procedure follows a similar pattern for all facial areas. The surgeon makes a small incision near where the implant will be placed, this incision will be placed in a specific suitable place e.g. a crease or inside the mouth at the gum/lip junction; this is to make the scarring from the incision as minimally visible as possible.
The facial implant is then inserted into a pocket under the skin, and the incision is stitched. Facial Implant surgery normally takes 1-2 hours, and is normally carried out under general anesthesia. The incision is bandaged or taped, and some patients have other cosmetic procedures at the same time as facial implants, such as a face lift, nose reshape or eye surgery.
Patient who have facial implants are usually back to work and other normal activity within a week, after the initial bruising and swelling have gone down. Stitches are normally removed in 5-10 days of the operation; results of facial implant surgery are basically permanent.
As with any surgical procedure, infection may occur around your facial implant, this could result in the facial implant having to be removed and replaced at a later time. Should the facial implant become misaligned, a second surgery may be necessary to reposition it.