How Facial Implants are Done
To insert a facial implant, the surgeon
makes a small, hidden incision, lifts the skin and carefully
places the implant between the skin and bone. The procedure
can be performed simultaneously with a face lift, rhinoplasty
or liposuction around the neck. Patients can usually go home
about two to three hours after the procedure, and can resume
normal exercising in about two weeks. The results are permanent.
While facial implants can be made of
natural materials, coming from one's own body, they are usually
constructed of solid silicone or porous materials, such as
coral or plastic blends. Dr.
Korpeck often uses the silicone facial implants. Unlike
the liquid form silicone found in some breast implants, solid
silicone does not migrate into the body. Joint prostheses,
heart valves, and many other implantable devices and commonly
used devices are made from solid silicone.
The body will form a light layer of
scar tissue over the implant. In rare cases, the scar tissue
makes the implant feel unnaturally hard, although this is
very unusual in the face when compared with silicone gel filled
Today's implants are anatomically designed
to fit the facial skeleton. In the past, some facial implant
surgery resulted in a false look, but because today's implants
are customized, they instead give a subtle, natural look.
Doctors today also have flexibility in the size of the facial
implant, depending on how pronounced an effect the patient
Ideal candidates for facial implants
are in their 20s or older--it's best to wait until the facial
skeleton is fully grown and formed--and they must have healthy
gums, teeth, and sinuses, to lessen the chance of infection.
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