Cheek, jaw and chin implants
Facial implants are used to enhance certain features of your face such as your cheeks or your jaw line. The operation may be elective or needed as a result of prior surgery on the face. With a facial implant, a cosmetic or reconstructive surgeon can change facial contours.
Cosmetic surgery is not normally available on the NHS.
No cosmetic procedure is without risks, and these should be discussed before going ahead with any treatment.
Am I a candidate for a face implant?
You are a candidate for this procedure if you are in good physical and mental health. You should not expect perfection. Facial implants will not make you look like someone else. However, they may enhance your current features.
How do I know if a face implant is right for me?
When you sit down with your surgeon for your pre-operative consultation, he or she will ask detailed questions about your medical history. Among the things the surgeon will need to know is if you have had either cosmetic or reconstructive facial surgery before.
Additionally, he or she will want to know what you want to change about your appearance and why you are unhappy with your features. Your surgeon will ask you if there are any other procedures you want or need to have done, such as a facelift or forehead lift.
If you have dental problems, you will need to let your surgeon know about these.
Are there alternatives to facial implants?
Changes to facial features may be possible with other cosmetic procedures, such as dermal fillers.
How are facial implants done?
During your pre-operative consultation, you and your surgeon will decide together whether you will have local anaesthesia with an oral sedative to help you relax or general anaesthesia, which means you will be put to sleep.
Facial implant surgery often is completed on a day-case basis in a hospital, your surgeon's clinic or at a surgical centre. Your surgeon will decide which is best for you based on your particular circumstances.
How long your operation takes depends on which part of your face is operated on, but it usually lasts between one to two hours.
Where are face implants placed?
- Lower jaw implant. The implant is placed inside of the lower lip. The incision site will be secured with sutures ( stitches) that will dissolve in about one week. The procedure takes one to two hours.
- Cheek implant. The implant is placed internally through the upper lip or externally via your lower eyelid. Sutures will vary depending on whether they are internal or external. The procedure takes about an hour.
- Chin implant. The implant is placed internally to the lower lip or under your chin. As with the cheek implant, sutures will vary depending on whether they are internal or external. The procedure takes 30 minutes to an hour.