face_illustrationFacial implants can improve and enhance facial contours by helping to strengthen a jawline or bring the chin or cheekbones into balance with the rest of the face.

ALL SURGERY CARRIES SOME UNCERTAINTY AND RISK

Some of the occasional risks associated with facial implant include but are not limited to:

  • The implant shifting slightly out of alignment requiring a second operation to place it in its proper position
  • Infection – which is treated with antibiotics.  Occasionally if the infection does not resolve then the implant might have to be temporarily removed and replaced at a later time.

PLANNING YOUR SURGERY

 Providing Dr. Granzow with photographs of people who have facial features similar to those you would like to have, would be helpful for the consultation.

It is important that you inform Dr. Granzow if you smoke or if you have any dental or gum problems because occasionally the incision for the implants are in the mouth. To help guard against infection, you will be instructed to take oral antibiotics both before and after the procedure.

RECOVERING FROM FACIAL IMPLANT SURGERY

After surgery, there will be dietary restrictions as well as limitations to your activities to minimize certain facial movements that can shift the implant during the healing process. Your ability to smile, talk or move your mouth and lips may be limited temporarily after surgery. Stitches used on the inside of your mouth usually dissolve within about 10 days.

Swelling is sometimes significant immediately following surgery, and although most of the significant swelling will subside over a period of several days, prolonged mild swelling may prevent your final facial contour from becoming apparent for several months after.  Special oral and dental hygiene instructions will be given to you after surgery.