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Facial Implants

Procedure :

Change the basic shape and balance of the face using carefully shaped implants to build up a receding chin, add prominence to cheekbones, or reshape the jawline.


Length :

30 minutes to 2 hours.


Anesthesia :

Local with sedation, or general.


In/Outpatient :

Usually outpatient. Occasionally overnight hospital stay.


Side Effects :

Temporary discomfort, swelling, bruising, numbness and/or stiffness. In jaw surgery, inability to open mouth fully for several weeks.


Risks :

Shifting or imprecise positioning of implant, or infection around it, requiring a second operation or removal. Excess tightening and hardening of scar tissue around an artificial implant ("capsular contracture"), causing unnatural shape.


Recovery :

Back to work: about 1 week. Normal appearance: 2 to 4 weeks. Activity that could jar or bump face: 6 weeks or more.


Duration of Results :

Permanent.