Facial implants

Overview

Facial implants are a form of cosmetic surgery designed to improve and enhance facial contours. Implants are inserted in areas of the face to provide a more harmonious balance to facial features and its overall appearance. Implants may be made of human tissue or synthetic materials such as silicone or polythene. Facial implants are used to enhance facial contours. Some common areas where implants are inserted include the cheeks, chin and lower jaw. For example, cheek implants can make the cheeks look larger, higher or fuller. Chin implants are usually chosen for people who think their chin looks too small. A patient undergoing nose surgery may also elect to undergo chin surgery at the same time to achieve a more harmonious facial balance. Jaw implants are commonly inserted to give the jaw line a more defined appearance.

 

Notification

Facial implant surgery is a highly individualized procedure and may not be suitable for everyone. Always talk to your Specialist Plastic Surgeon before making a decision. Your surgeon will assess your condition and general health, and plan the treatment that is best suited to you.

Before you decide on surgery with facial implants, there are some important issues to keep in mind:

  • Some facial implants are made from silicone. While currently there is no clear scientific evidence that silicone is a harmful substance, concerns have been raised about the safety of silicone implants
  • Smokers are at increased risk of complications. If you are serious about undergoing cosmetic surgery, you should try to quit smoking

Facial implant surgery may not be a good option for you if you are:

  • Not able to have an anaesthetic
  • Prone to bleeding tendencies or have poor healing ability
  • Too high risk of having surgical complications

Facial implants may be a good option for you if:

  • You are physically healthy and you do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • You have realistic expectations of what facial implant surgery can accomplish
  • You are a non-smoker or have stopped smoking

 

Estimated Cost

Costs associated with the procedure may include:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Anaesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Medical tests