A leading facial implant surgeon in NYC, Dr. Darrick Antell is board certified in plastic surgery, emphasizing aesthetic / cosmetic surgery. Dr. Antell can place jaw implants and cheek implants to accentuate facial definition.
Facial implant surgery can improve jawline contours and add natural-looking shape to the cheeks. If you are considering jaw implants or cheek implants, this section will give you a basic understanding of these procedures.
Facial implants can add natural-looking volume and symmetry to the face. Jaw implants can strengthen the jawline, while cheek implants can bring the cheekbones into balance with your other facial features. Facial implants are available in different shapes and sizes to best accentuate your profile.
Facial implant surgery rarely causes complications, but it is important for patients to be mindful of such possibilities. In some cases, a facial implant can shift out of alignment; if this occurs, a revision surgery may be necessary to reposition the implant. Additionally, infection can occur as a result of surgery. In such a case, there is a chance that your facial implant may need to be temporarily removed and replaced at a later time to treat the infection. Your facial implant surgeon can further discuss the risks of your procedure during your consultation.
Dr. Antell will discuss your goals and expectations during your consultation. Your facial profile will be closely examined to determine whether you are a candidate for cheek implants or jaw implants. If you are a candidate, Dr. Antell will determine which type of implant is ideal for your face’s shape during your consultation. There are many different factors that may influence your treatment, such as your facial structure, health, medical history, age, and procedure goals. Dr. Antell can explain the specifics behind facial implant surgery and can answer any questions you may have regarding your procedure.
Facial implant surgery is usually performed in our office-based surgical facility for increased privacy and safety. Our practice’s surgical facility meets the accreditation standards of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
Nearly all facial implant surgeries, including cheek implants and jaw implants, are performed using a local anesthetic with sedation (known as twilight sleep). These medications are similar to the ones used for colonoscopies. These anesthetics are short acting and patients recover quickly following treatment.
Cheek implant surgery usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes. 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 lip 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.
Your plastic surgeon will provide you with instructions about post-operative 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 10 days.
Cheek implants can achieve long-lasting, natural-looking results. Cheek implant surgery can enhance definition and fill out a face that appears "sunken" or tired. You can expect to see improvements in your profile in the coming months.
Insertion of a jaw implant usually takes about 1 to 2 hours. Internal incisions are made on either side of the lower lip to provide access for creating a pocket into which the lower-jaw implant can be inserted. Dissolving sutures are used to close the incisions.
Swelling is sometimes significant immediately following surgery, usually peaking 24 to 48 hours afterward. Although most of the significant swelling will subside over a period of several days, prolonged mild swelling may prevent your final facial contour from becoming apparent for several months.
During the healing phase, your activities and diet will be restricted. Your ability to smile, talk, or move your mouth in any way may be limited for several days to weeks following surgery. Your plastic surgeon will instruct you about dental and oral hygiene during your recovery.
Jaw implants can strengthen the jawline for long-lasting improvements to facial contours. Jaw implant patients can expect to see improvements in their profile over subsequent months.
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 for a private consultation or schedule an appointment online at our office.