|FACIAL APPEARANCE IS DETERMINED BY THREE BASIC COMPONENTS: SKIN, SOFT TISSUES, AND UNDERLYING BONES OR THE FACIAL SKELETAL STRUCTURE. When that structure is disproportionate – the chin recessed, jaw undefined or cheeks flat – it significantly affects not only how others see us, but also how you see yourself. Defined facial features, visible contours and natural angles that are proportionate, together create structural balance and a more attractive appearance. If you are bothered by a small chin, weak jaw or lack of facial contour, plastic surgery with facial implants may benefit you. While any area of the facial structure can be augmented with implants, the cheek or malar area, chin and jaw are the most common sites for facial implants. In general, facial implants bring balance and better proportion to the structural appearance they define by increasing projection and creating more distinct features.
What are facial implants?
Facial implants are specially formed solid materials compatible with human bone and tissue, designed to enhance or augment the physical structure of your face. The precise type and size of implants best suited for you requires an evaluation of your goals, the features you wish to correct and Dr. Massiha’s judgement.
Plastic surgery with facial implants can produce a marked improvement in the underlying structure that forms facial appearance, improving proportion and balance. Although facial implants can improve the proportion, shape or size of virtually any region of the face, three more common sites for facial implants include the chin, jaw and cheek or malar region.
CHIN IMPLANTS can increase the size and projection of a small or recessed chin, one that in profile does not project evenly with or beyond your forehead and mid-face. A small or recessed chin can also be described as one that seems to disappear into the neck of an individual of normal weight, rather than appearing as a distinct facial feature. JAW IMPLANTS increase the width of the lower third of your face. Much like the chin, a weak jaw can be defined as one that is not well defined and distinct from the neck, or one that slopes rather than angles from the ear to the chin. In some cases, both the chin and jaw can contribute to facial imbalance. CHEEK IMPLANTS increase the projection of the malar regions. They add volume to areas which may be recessed or flat.
Plastic surgery with facial implants is best performed on adults or individuals whose head and skull have reached physical maturity, which generally occurs in late adolescence. You are the right candidate for this procedure if you are:
- Healthy individual who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
- Individual with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for improvement of facial contours
Where do I begin?
A consultation with Dr. Massiha is the first step to learn how facial implants can improve the structural appearance of your face. This consultation with Dr. Massiha fully educates you about plastic surgery with facial implants in a non-pressured environment, and will include:
- A discussion of your goals and an evaluation of your individual case
- The options available in plastic surgery with facial implants
- The prescribed course of treatment Dr. Massiha recommends
- The likely outcomes of plastic surgery with facial implants and potential risks associated with any prescribed procedure
Relax! Dr. Massiha will also answer all your questions.
Overall health and personal outlook can greatly impact the outcome of facial contouring with implants. These will be carefully evaluated in consultation with Dr. Massiha. The success of your procedure, safety and overall satisfaction requires that you:
- Honestly share your expectations with Dr. Massiha
- Fully disclose health history, current medications, the use of vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
- Commit to following all of Dr. Massiha’s instructions precisely
By making the decision to consult Dr. Massiha and following all the instructions given, you are taking an important step in assuring your safety.
Dr. Massiha is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery® . This certification designates him of having specific training in plastic surgery of the face and entire body.
My facial implants
Dr. Massiha will recommend the appropriate techniques to bring balance to your facial structure using facial implants. Facial implants are formed from solid, bio-compatible materials specifically designed for safe, long-term placement. The first consideration in plastic surgery with facial implants is implant selection: determining the necessary implant size to safely achieve structural balance. Where only one facial feature is disproportionate, this feature alone may be augmented with implants. If symmetry among facial features is part of your goal, remember that all of our faces are asymmetric to some degree. Results in any case may not be completely symmetric, although the goal is to create facial balance and correct proportion.
Facial implants may be desired or recommended to augment more than one facial region. The procedure may be performed alone, or as a complement to other facial contouring procedures such as nose or ear surgery. Where facial implants are used in conjunction with a facelift to improve the signs of aging, the implant will likely augment the size of the cheek structure, creating a more pronounced mid-face than a facelift alone. All facial implants are placed surgically, through incisions that create a supporting pocket beneath skin and soft tissues. Muscle and tissue surrounding the pocket hold the implant in place. Depending on the implant location, size and material from which the implant is formed, it may further be immobilized with sutures or surgical screws.
Preparing for surgery
Dr. Massiha will carefully explain the facial implant procedure you will undergo. Prior to your procedure, you will be given specific instructions that may include:
- Pre-surgical considerations, diagnostic testing and medications
- Day of surgery instructions and medications
- Specific information related to the use of anesthesia
In addition, you will be asked to sign consent forms to assure Dr. Massiha that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks and potential complications. Risks associated with solid, surgically placed facial implants include infection, excessive scar tissue formation and firmness around the implant, shifting of implants, minor nerve injury and risks associated with anesthesia. These will be fully discussed prior to your consent.
It is important that you address all your questions directly with Dr. Massiha. It is natural to feel some anxiety, whether excitement for the anticipated outcomes or preoperative stress. Discuss these feelings with Dr. Massiha.
What to expect
Plastic surgery with facial implants may be performed on an out-patient basis or in a hospital setting using local anesthesia that may include sedation, or general anesthesia. The decision for anesthesia will be based on the requirements of your specific procedure and considerations of patient and Dr. Massiha’s preference. Dr. Massiha and the assisting staff will fully attend to your comfort and safety.
Once your procedure is complete, bandages or dressings may be applied to cover any incisions and to support the position of the implant during initial healing. Before being released following surgery, you or an accompanying family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include:
- How to care for the surgical site
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
- Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health
Progress and healing
Initial healing may include swelling or numbness, and discomfort that can be controlled with medication. In addition, facial movements may be somewhat restricted or impaired. These are common conditions. If your implants have been placed through intraoral incisions (those inside the mouth), you may be restricted to a soft or liquid diet to avoid moving your jaw during the initial phases of healing and for your comfort. It is essential that you rinse your mouth several times daily with an antiseptic solution even if you are able to brush your teeth. In addition Dr. Massiha will provide specific postoperative instructions. Follow these instructions carefully; this is essential to the success of your outcome. A return to light, normal activity is possible as soon as you feel ready.
Initial wound closure may take 7 to 10 days, at which time any sutures will be removed, if necessary. Healing will continue for several weeks, as swelling dissipates and tissue surrounding the implant heals. Continue to follow Dr. Massiha’s instructions and return for follow-up visits as scheduled.
Results and outlook
While the initial outcome of plastic surgery with facial implants is present almost immediately, it will be obscured by visible swelling. It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate. As you adjust to your new facial features, realize that others are also adjusting to your new appearance. Don’t be surprised at how others might react to your choice for plastic surgery. What is most important are your feelings of fulfillment.
Dr. Massiha, your choice
Choosing to have cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery is an important decision; so is selecting a plastic surgeon. Consider these important guidelines:
BOARD CERTIFICATION – Not all physicians who perform plastic surgery or who use the title plastic surgeon are board certified in plastic surgery. Dr. Massiha is a certified Plastic Surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who:
- Graduated from an accredited medical school
- Completed a minimum of five years of surgical training following medical school, including an accredited plastic surgery residency program
- Passed comprehensive written and oral exams
PRIVILEGES – Your surgeon should have operating privileges at an accredited, local hospital for the same procedure you plan to have performed – even if that surgeon suggests your procedure be performed in an accredited office-based surgical facility or at an ambulatory surgery center. Dr. Massiha has these credentials—A Doctor You Can Trust.
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