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FACIAL IMPLANTS (Cheek, chin, jaw or lip implants)

Facial implants can change the basic shape and balance of the face using carefully styled implants to build up a receding chin, add prominence to cheekbones, reshape the jawline, or augment lips.  Implants may be made of natural or artificial materials. Facial implants are permanent and normally inserted during an outpatient surgical procedure. The surgery normally takes 1 to 2 hours and is performed under general anesthesia or local with sedationSide effects include temporary discomfort, swelling, bruising, numbness and/or stiffness.  With jaw surgery, patients may be unable to open their mouth fully for several weeks. Risks include shifting or imprecise positioning of implant, or infection around it, requiring a second operation or removal. Also, hardening of the scar tissue around an artificial implant- called capsular contracture- is possible. Patients are typically back to work in about 1 week and return to a normal appearance in 2 to 4 weeks. Activity that could harm or bump the face should be restricted for 6 weeks or more. Learn more about facial implants.

  

 
 

 

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