These are usually solid silicone implants that are placed over the apex of the cheek bone or the chin to enhance facial features. Far less common areas of enhancement are the midface region and along the jawbone. View past client photos.
Everyone’s face is different and in our practice we utilize computer imaging to identify the regions that need to be enhanced. It is true that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Also, by utilizing imaging techniques, the patient may decide that no enhancement is indeed necessary.
The implants are usually placed behind the lining of the bone so that they will be held in a stable position. Postoperatively, there is minimal discomfort, but swelling may persist for as long as two to three months. Incisions are made with virtually no visible exterior signs. People usually need to be off of work for approximately one week to ten days because of bruising and swelling and restrict normal physical activities for as long as 2-3 weeks to prevent any complications from occurring.
The surgery can be performed either under local anesthesia and sedation or under general anesthesia. Excess skin and fat is carefully removed from both the upper and lower eyelids and sometimes repositioning of the lower eyelid is necessary to prevent droopiness postoperatively. The surgery will take approximately 1-1/2 to 3 hours. Patients are asked not to strain their eyes the evening of surgery and to apply constant ice packs to the eyelids. Usually there will be a fair amount of swelling of the eyelids for one or two days, along with bruising and discoloration that may last up to 10 days.
Makeup can often be used after 5-6 days to allow the patient to return to work. The results are very gratifying and give patients a much fresher and more youthful look. Again, this is often one of the first signs that we see of facial aging occurring because this is where we visit with each other.
Wayzata Plastic Surgery
319 Barry Avenue South, Suite 300
Wayzata, MN 55391
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