About Facial Implants
There are several areas of the face that may begin to appear deflated or hollow due to the natural aging process or because of genetic factors. At Dorner Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Dorner offers facial implants for several areas of the face in order to add volume and provide a rejuvenated aesthetic appearance. With temple, jaw, tear trough, and custom facial implants, Dr. Dorner is able enhance your features and offer the look you have always wanted. To learn more, we invite you to contact our facility in Dublin, OH to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Dorner and his experienced team.
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Types of Facial Implants
A straight, strong jawline is a universal sign of beauty throughout all cultures. As a person ages, the outer jaw starts to lose width and the straight line begins to soften. Jaw implants provide improved outer jaw and angle of the jaw definition. The type of jaw shape can also be altered, from a heart shape for a more feminine appearance or a squarer jaw to increase masculinity.
The procedure is performed in the surgery center under general anesthesia. The incisions are placed within the mouth, so they are not visible. The implants are pressed against the bone and held in position with small screws. The operation takes about an hour and patients return home the same day. Most patients will be to return to work within a week. Some bruising and swelling is to be expected but resolves within 2 – 3 weeks.
Tear Trough Implants
Tear trough implants are designed to fill the dark hollows under the eyes. Patients who have deep set eyes and indentations from birth or from aging do well with tear trough implants. These also have excellent effects when added to a lower eyelid lift (blepharoplasty).
The procedure is performed in the office or surgery center under IV sedation or general anesthesia. A small incision is made behind the eyelid, so they are not visible. The implant is placed directly on the bone and held in place either with sutures or screws. The operation takes less than an hour and patients go home the same day. Recovery is about a week until swelling has subsided. Bruising around the eye can be unpredictable, but it typically lasts between 1 – 2 weeks. When combined with a lower eyelid lift, recovery is generally about the same, taking about a week to return to work. Pain is not significantly increased when doing tightening at the same time.
Temporal augmentation has become very popular over the past several years. Fillers and fat have been used to augment the temporal region, but these are less precise and fillers are temporary. Temporal implants provide instant, permanent augmentation through a very easy surgery. Anyone who does not like the hollows within the temporal region is a candidate for this procedure. Some patients may even have hollowing due to medical conditions such as congenital growth issues or facial wasting from medications.
The procedure takes about thirty minutes to perform. It can be done in the office or surgery center under IV or general anesthesia. Patients go home the same day and recovery is minimal. Most people will return to work within one to two days. Various implant shapes are available to augment the lateral temporal zone. The incisions are hidden within the hair and heal very well.
Custom implants are a rapidly evolving field of facial implants. With the advent of 3D printers, the ability to create individualized implants has exploded. A CT scan of the patient is used to provide the basis for a computer modeled implant design. Plastic models of the implants can be printed and reviewed before the actual implant is created. This allows the surgeon and patient to review the intended augmentation and fine-tune any details. These implants are particularly useful for chin and jaw augmentation procedures, especially when the entire jaw is being lengthened. They are also particularly well suited for patients need improvement in the orbital rim, zygomatic bone, and lower mid-face. Anytime two or three implants are being considered, rather than just one, custom implants should be considered.
The procedure is the same as other implants being placed, however, these are designed to fit directly on the skeleton like a puzzle piece. Longer jaw implants are placed through two incisions – one within the mouth and the other the same for a chin implant. This allows the entire implant to be placed in a smooth continuous tunnel.
What to Expect
Following the placement of a facial implant, you should expect to notice bruising, swelling, and some discomfort for around two weeks. You should also avoid strenuous exercise for around 7 – 10 days. Any additional aftercare instructions will be provided by a member of our experienced team. Most patients will be able to return to their normal daily activities within two months of their surgery with noticeable aesthetic results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a facial implant cost?
The price of your facial implant will vary greatly depending on where it is being placed, how many are being inserted, and if you are receiving custom implants. In a thorough consultation, Dr. Dorner will formulate an in-depth procedure plan before being able to tell you more about your out-of-pocket costs. A member of our financial team will also be available to give you more information on financing options and the payment methods we accept at our facility.
Should I receive an implant or dermal fillers?
Though dermal fillers can be a great option for patients who are wanting to restore or add volume to their face, they are not long lasting and would need to be touched up every few months. However, before recommending a facial implant, Dr. Dorner may suggest dermal fillers so that you can see what results you may be able to expect with a more permanent option such as facial implants.
Can fat grafting be used to fill in facial features?
Dr. Dorner is skilled at offering facial fat grafting for patients who wish to use their own fat instead of an implant to add volume. Patients must have enough fat to use for the transfer in order to be a candidate for facial fat grafting. Talk to Dr. Dorner during your consultation about whether facial fat grafting or a facial implant would be best for you and your desired outcome.
What if I have an asymmetrical face?
Utilizing custom facial implants allows Dr. Dorner to create a more symmetrical appearance for you face with added volume. With skill and precision, he will be able to create the results you desire with a personalized treatment plan. Facial asymmetry is not uncommon and it can be effectively restored through advanced facial implants.
With facial implants you can achieve your desired facial structure for the appearance you've always wanted. After a comprehensive consultation, Dr. Brian Dorner will be able to create a customized treatment plan specifically for you. Contact Dorner Plastic Surgery in Dublin, OH to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation.