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Facial Implants

Facial Implants in Hartford County, CT

It is not uncommon to feel unsatisfied with certain facial features – perhaps you feel that you have a weak jaw or a small chin, or that your cheekbones are not prominent enough. You may also notice asymmetries in your features that bother you.

There are surgical options that can help re-contour facial features, giving you additional volume where you need it to balance and enhance your appearance. Using implants, our highly skilled facial plastic surgeons can reshape your chin, jaw, or cheeks for additional fullness where you need it and to complement your features.

At CT Facial Plastic Surgery, we are committed to bringing you the most advanced technology and state-of-the-art treatments and procedures. We’ve helped countless people feel great about themselves through facial implants in Farmington, CT.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Facial Implants?

Facial implants are appropriate for patients whose bone structure has reached maturity (late in adolescence) but lack volume in the cheeks, chin, or jaw. Facial plastic surgery is best performed on patients who are generally healthy; you are likely to have the best outcome for your surgery if you don’t smoke and have realistic expectations for your results.

Facial implants are made of a surgical-grade, biocompatible solid substance. These implants are made to ensure they create no adverse effect on surrounding tissues and that your body treats them as any other component of bodily structure. There are many shapes and sizes available, depending on where you need the added volume, and which will best enhance your natural facial shape.

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Your Facial Implant Options

Cheek implants are used to enhance the shape of hollow or flattened cheekbones. When placed during facial surgery, the implants increase the prominence and position of your cheekbones, transforming the overall shape of your face.

If your chin is small or receded, a chin implant adds the desired shape and contour. Many people who have a small chin will find that it can distort the overall proportions of the face and lead to the illusion of an overly prominent forehead or nose. Using a chin implant that is sized and shaped to fit your needs, your procedure enhances the chin and brings harmony to the overall facial proportions.

Just as some people have a small chin that blends in with their neck, others have a narrow, weak jawline where the sides of the face slope into the neck. Jaw implants can create a strong jawline and well-defined facial shape. Jaw implants can help create the appearance of slim facial and neck contours.

What Will My Consultation Be Like?

We are fully committed to supporting and engaging with our patients throughout the entire facial plastic surgery process. From the moment you walk in the door, our dedicated staff will strive to make sure you feel comfortable and informed.

You will meet personally with one of our surgeons, who will carefully review your medical records and conduct a thorough exam. He will also ask you questions about your aesthetic goals to be sure that you are both on the same page with your procedure. The consultation is an important time for you both to explore your options and address any questions you may have about the recommended procedure(s). Together, you will develop an individualized plan to achieve the look that you want.

How Is Facial Implant Surgery Performed?

We complete all our facial plastic surgeries in our state-of-the-art outpatient surgical center. You will arrive on the day of your surgery and meet with your surgeon to go over the procedure and answer any last-minute questions you may have.

Facial implant surgery is performed under local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia; the specifics of your plan will be determined by your surgeon before your appointment. Our comprehensive approach will ensure your comfort; you will feel no pain or anxiety during the surgery.

The location of your incisions will be determined by your facial structure, as well as the size and shape of the implants and where the implants will be placed. For most implant surgeries for the chin, cheeks, and jaw, incisions will be placed somewhere inside the mouth; there will be no visible scars after the. Occasionally we may need to place incisions under the chin; in these cases, incisions are always made in a way to minimize visible scars. Once the incisions are made, your surgeon will be able to place the implants in position and close the openings with absorbable sutures or stitches that will be removed later.

You will have a short recovery in our surgery center for a couple of hours after the procedure but will be able to go home on the same day.

What Should I Expect During Recovery?

After surgery, you may have dressings or bandages in place that will protect the incision sites and support the implant as you heal. You will have instructions about when and how to remove these if they are not removed by your surgeon. We will call you the night of your surgery to check on you, make sure you understand your post-procedural care, and answer any questions you may have. You may need to minimize facial and jaw movement while your incisions heal, and we may ask that you sleep in a propped-up position to help with healing and settling of the implants. It is important that you follow our guidelines to support healing and maximize your results.

Because you are likely to be sore for a few days, your surgeon may prescribe pain medication to enhance your comfort while you are healing. It is common to experience some swelling and to bruise after the procedure; this will subside over the next one to two weeks as your body heals, and the facial implants settle into place. While the results of your surgery will be immediately noticeable, it will take some time for you to see the final outcome after all swelling has subsided