Facial Implants

1. How are the implants attached to the various structures? Can they slip?

Implants are generally not attached to the underlying structures because they are made with depressions on the undersurface to fit over the anatomic areas on which they are inserted. Implants can slip; however, in general, the pockets created are made just big enough to allow the implant to sit in the correct position. In some situations, small screws are used to fasten the implants in place.

2. Can implants be used with other types of plastic surgery (such as face-lifts)?

Yes, implants can be used in conjunction with other procedures like facelifts. Depending on the patient’s need, certain implants can be utilized with other types of face procedures.

3. How many kinds of materials are used to make implants?

Hard silicone is the most common kind, but there are a few other types like Gore-Tex and Medpor.

4. What does a cheek implant do? How does it enhance the face

Cheek implants will essentially pump up the area of the cheek. Depending on your need, sometimes the plumping is needed more in the front of the cheekbone or on the side of the cheekbone.

5. Will I have to have an implant procedure repeated in a few years?

In general, unless there is a problem with the implants there is no need for a repeat procedure.

6. Are there scars after surgery?

If you are talking about cheek implants, the incision is made on the inside of the mouth generally, so you will not have an outside scar. As far as chin implants, you may have a scar underneath the chin but it is located in an imperceptible position

7. Will the surgery hurt?

Any surgery has some pain associated with it, but it is usually easily treated with ordinary pain medication.

8. How common is infection from the surgery?

Infection is one of the complications that can occur with implants. Fortunately, it is fairly uncommon.

9. Is facial implant surgery done on an outpatient basis?

Facial implant surgery is almost always done on an outpatient basis.

10. Is there a chance that the body will reject an implant ?

The materials that the implant is made out of are generally inert enough to not elicit an immune response. However, it is possible to have a sensitivity or to develop an infection around the implant, and this in essence will force the implant to be removed.