Facial implants

Silicone implants are widely used in plastic surgery. Their most common and known use is in breast augmentation and breast lift procedures.
However, in the recent years their use has expanded towards aesthetic correction of other parts of the body (buttocks, calves) and the face with very good results. The composition of these implants is more compact compared to those used in breast plastic surgery. Their shape and size vary depending on the area on which they will be placed.

More specifically, in cosmetic surgery of the face, implants can be used in the area of the cheekbones, chin, the back of nose and lower jaw line. As you may understand implants are permanent and help enhance and highlight the areas on which they are placed offering a better-looking face contour. An alternative solution to this method used on cheekbones and lower jaw line is the placement of fat or implants. However, results are not permanent. As to the method of application, this is of course surgical and can be performed under local anaesthesia and sedation or general anaesthesia. It lasts about half an hour.

The advantages of this method are that it offers immediate and permanent results without any visible. In particular, in cases of cheekbone, chin and lower jaw line correction, incisions are made inside the mouth cavity. For correction of the back of the nose, incisions are made inside the nostrils. Through these small incisions (approximately 3-4cm) a small cavity is made just above the bone with care not to injure any nerves of the area. The cavity fits the size and shape of implant to the extent possible.

It is important that the cavity is not made larger than the size of the implant, so that it may stay in place. Also, it mustn’t be smaller than the size of the implant as it won’t be easy to place and secure the implant, causing possible extrusion of the implant towards the cavity because of the movement of the surrounding muscles. However, some rare problems may occur, such as infection and inflammation of the implant. In such case immediate extraction is necessary. Moreover, the implant may be relocated in which case surgical correction is also necessary. Nerves that pass from the area may also be injured but will usually heal.


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