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Facial implants can be used to enhance the physical structure of the face by augmenting certain features or creating a more proportional appearance. Creating harmony between facial features can result in improved self-confidence and perceived attractiveness. Jaw implants are useful in increasing the width of the lower face, while cheek implants add volume to and increase the projection of the cheekbones.

Dr. Antell: Superior outcomes in facial implants

Trained at both Stanford and Cornell, Dr. Antell is one of the most renowned board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons in the world. He is one of the few plastic surgeons to also hold a dental degree, which gives him unique expertise in his knowledge of facial anatomy that separates him from his peers. He is known for achieving elegant, sophisticated results by using brilliant techniques that make it possible to enhance your facial appearance without making it obvious or unnatural. He is often called upon by celebrities and other high-profile individuals to perform facial surgery and performs all procedures with meticulous attention to detail and complete discretion.

What can I expect during my consultation with Dr. Antell?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Antell will discuss your concerns with your existing appearance, as well as your vision for your new look. Your facial profile will be closely evaluated to determine how facial implants can help you achieve your desired outcome. Facial implants are available in a wide array of sizes and shapes, and Dr. Antell will work with you to carefully select those that will create the most natural-looking enhancement in your facial structure. After a detailed discussion of the procedure, Dr. Antell will talk through the risks so that you are fully informed. Please be sure to inform Dr. Antell if you smoke or if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or drugs. Don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Antell any questions about the surgery, recovery, and expected outcome.

Where will my procedure be performed?

Dr. Antell has privileges in numerous hospitals throughout New York City, but most patients prefer for the procedure to take place in his discreet, private operating room located just across the street from world-renowned Lenox Hill Hospital. His facility has a private back entrance to ensure total discretion and all members of his staff have been thoroughly trained to offer personalized care. The state-of-the-art outpatient surgery facility is fully accredited, designed for your comfort, and equipped with the latest technology.

How should I prepare for my facial implant surgery?

You will be provided with instructions to thoroughly prepare you for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding vitamins, iron tablets, and specific medications. You may be given prescriptions that should be filled prior to your day of surgery. As the procedure is performed under “twilight” sedation, you should arrange for someone to escort you home after your surgery and ensure you have someone to assist you for the first few days.

What are the risks of my facial implant surgery?

When performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, facial implant surgery is typically a safe procedure. However, like any surgery, there is always risk. The most common complications include bleeding, infection, and an adverse reaction to anesthesia. In addition, there is the possibility of the implant slightly shifting position, which would require a second surgery for repositioning. Dr. Antell will provide a thorough discussion of all risks during your initial consultation.  By following all pre-operative and post-operative instructions, you can reduce the risk of complications. 

What type of anesthesia is used?

Most facial implant surgeries, including cheek implants and jaw implants, are performed using a local anesthetic with intravenous sedation, or with another form of “twilight” sedation. The medication used is fast-acting, allowing you to recover quickly after your facial implant surgery, however, you will not experience any discomfort throughout the procedure. A board-certified anesthesiologist will monitor you during the surgery to ensure safety. 

What occurs during the facial implant procedure? 

The chosen incision method and placement of the implant will be customized to your anatomy and preferences to ensure a natural-looking result. For cheek implants, the implant is typically placed through an incision in the mouth. The position of the implant on the cheekbone will be determined by which area you specifically desire to be augmented. Jaw implants are also usually placed through an incision inside the mouth, typically along the back of the jawline where the cheek and gum meet. In both cases, Dr. Antell will create a “pocket” in which the implant will be placed and fit around the bone. The incision will be closed with meticulously placed dissolving, internal sutures. The procedure typically takes around one to two hours to perform.

What will my recovery be like?

After undergoing the surgery, you will recover in Dr. Antell’s state-of-the-art recovery suite while being monitored by one of his nurses until you feel well enough to be discharged. Facial implant surgery is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home the same day. When performed with “twilight” sedation, you should be prepared to have an escort to bring you home, as you will not be able to drive for 24 hours after the administration of anesthesia. Upon leaving the facility, you will be provided thorough discharge instructions that will guide you through the initial post-operative period. Throughout the entire recovery process, Dr. Antell and his staff will be available to answer any questions you may have.

You may feel tired or sore after surgery, but most patients are able to return to most daily activities and work within days of the procedure. Due to the position of the incision and the implants, you may have some difficulty smiling, talking, and moving your mouth in the first few days. You may be asked to consume only soft foods or sleep with your head elevated for the first few days after surgery. It is best to refrain from vigorous exercise for around two weeks, however, Dr. Antell will provide an individualized recovery plan based on the complexity of your procedure and your healing rate. You may experience some swelling in the area, which will dissipate within the first few weeks. Applying ice to the area can significantly help to reduce swelling. While you will see significant improvement in the first two weeks, the final results will likely be visible about three months after your surgery. 

Your new look after cheek implant surgery

Many patients are extremely satisfied with the outcome of their facial implant surgery, as it creates long-lasting, natural-looking results. People often feel that the enhanced definition and restored volume make them appear rejuvenated, youthful, and well-rested. It is important to remember to be patient during your recovery, as it may take time to become comfortable with your new appearance.

How should I get started?

Dr. Darrick E. Antell and his staff will be happy to discuss facial implant surgery involving cheek implants and jaw implants with you. Please call the office at (212) 988-4040 to schedule your consultation.

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Now Open for Elective Surgery!

Dear Patients,

We hope this finds you and your family in good health during these difficult times. For those who may have suffered a loss, we extend our deepest sympathies.

As many of you know, we decided to shift our practice almost entirely to telemedicine when the COVID-19 pandemic started. Being located in the heart of New York City, we felt this was a necessary decision to help keep you and our other valued patients safe. We want to thank you for your patience and understanding throughout the last few months as we navigated the new and unique challenges that this health crisis has thrust upon us.

We are happy to announce that we have resumed seeing patients for consultations, office procedures (including Botox and fillers), follow-up appointments, and elective surgeries. Please know that, as always, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the safest possible environment. With our own NYS registered and fully accredited operating room, we are able to perform all procedures in an environment that is clean, safe, and secure. Our office is following all recommended guidance from public health authorities, both local and federal, including best practices for hygiene, infection control, and office staff health. As a result, our office might look a bit different than it has on previous visits. We are implementing numerous new protocols, including limiting the number of patients we see each day, minimizing the number of people in our waiting room, and continually and thoroughly cleaning all surfaces and exam rooms to sanitize between patients. Please know that our staff will be utilizing the appropriate PPE to protect patients and themselves.

In order to keep our office a safe space for both patients and staff members, we are asking for your cooperation with the following:

  • Every patient must complete a screening questionnaire for COVID-19 exposure and symptoms prior to your appointment. We will be discussing these questions with you when we call to confirm your appointment. If there are any concerns, we may need to change your visit to telehealth.
  • All patients must wear a mask when entering the office (cloth or homemade is fine). Upon arrival to the office, we will ask you to clean your hands with sanitizer and will provide you with gloves.
  • Anyone entering the office, including staff, will have their temperature taken with a non-contact thermometer. Therefore, upon arriving to the office, please ring the doorbell to be properly screened prior to entering.
  • Patients should come alone for their appointment if possible. If you would like to bring a spouse, caregiver, parent, or friend, we must be notified at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment to make the necessary arrangements.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

Darrick E. Antell, MD, FACS

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