Weber Facial Plastic Surgery is pleased to offer advanced facial implants for our valued patients in the Denver, Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, Englewood, Centennial, Fort Collins, Aurora, Colorado Springs, and Boulder, Colorado areas. Facial implants are used to enhance and balance specific facial areas, to create a more symmetrical and overall pleasing appearance.
The Facial Implant Procedure
Many patients seek facial implants to correct an aspect of their appearance that they don’t like, such as a weak chin. Poor balance and facial contours can be caused by either genetics or the effects of aging. By placing small permanent implants under the skin, a skilled plastic surgeon can create a more attractive profile, or balance and improve the overall appearance of the patient’s facial features.
If you have a receding or weak chin and wish to add volume and projection for a stronger jawline, enhance the fullness and definition of your cheekbones, or want to add pleasing proportions and contours to your facial features you may want to consider a facial implant procedure.
Crafted from flexible and biocompatible, non-migrating materials (meaning they will not move once inserted into place), facial implants can be added to augment a variety of facial areas, effectively addressing specific facial concerns such as a weak jaw or chin, or to add pleasing contours to the face.
Facial implants require a small incision (which will be hidden under existing skin creases, under a hairline or lip, or otherwise camouflaged to create a natural looking result). The specific method will be determined by the exact location of the implant.
Benefits of Facial Implants
Properly positioned, facial implants can add a look of youthful fullness, correct imperfections in the facial profile, and/or restore overall facial balance by creating more distinct structural features where necessary. Facial implant surgery can be performed as a stand-alone procedure, or it may be combined with other cosmetic procedures as needed. Once successfully implanted, the implants appear like other natural bone structures within the face, providing a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Good Candidates for Facial Implants
Good candidates for facial implant procedures include patients who are bothered by a weak chin or wish to restore and rejuvenate facial contours such as the cheekbones. Patients who need to correct underlying congenital conditions that affect the symmetry and balance of their facial aesthetics are also potential candidates. Mature patients wishing to rejuvenate specific areas such as the cheek or eye areas, which have been affected by the aging process, may also be good candidates for facial implant procedures.
Patients with ongoing infections, those who have significant sagging facial tissues (which may be better addressed with a facelift) or have other conditions which may cause complications may not be good candidates. Young patients whose facial features are not yet fully formed may also not be good candidates for facial implant surgery, and should wait until they have matured a bit more. Dr. Weber will take the time to sit down with you, answer your questions, and evaluate your specific needs to determine if you are a good candidate for a facial implant procedure.
Recovery: What to Expect After a Facial Implant Procedure
Everyone heals at a different rate. Recovery and healing time will also depend on the specific procedure, as well as the exact location and technique used to place your facial implants. In general, your recovery may require 5-7 days of rest, and you may experience some swelling, slight bruising, or tenderness to the area where the implant has been placed. Dr. Weber advises that you avoid strenuous activity for the first week following your procedure to allow the implants to properly adhere in place.
You may also receive additional instructions such as icing the operative site, keeping your head elevated, signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for, any necessary medications, dressings and/or follow up care. Before undergoing any surgical procedure, your doctor will discuss the potential risks and benefits so that you may make an informed decision regarding your care.
Frequently asked questions about Facial Implants
How long does the procedure take?
A typical facial implant procedure requires less than an hour to complete, unless it is combined with other procedures.
I am very impressed with Dr. Weber and his staff. Every person I have met within his office is very nice, and they act as if you are the only patient they are concerned about at that moment.
I used realself a lot to help inform myself about rhinoplasty, particularly the recovery process and results. Ever since I was about 12 years old I have disliked my nose. I have the typical larger German nose and I have a "dorsal bump" that I refer to as my ski slope. One of my best friends is getting married this summer and since I am a bridesmaid, I really wanted to get rid of the bump before the wedding. I wanted to love looking at the pictures and not grimace every time I saw myself in one. I've chatted with friends and family about getting the surgery and most said that they didn't see anything wrong with my nose but said I should do what I want to. I graduated last December and have a good job, so with the financials in place I began to start researching surgeons and reading rhinoplasty blogs. I decided on a surgeon in Denver, Dr. Weber. After two consultations, we set a date for surgery. I went through mixed emotions of excitement and anxiety, but I was committed to the procedure the entire time. I am still healing, so I cannot say that it was worth it, but so far it has been a great decision for me. I get the splint off in two days and will be able to see the results more clearly. Here is my journey so far:
Day of Surgery:
I was very very nervous. I have never had surgery before, so I was kind of freaking out about electively putting myself through it. I was the most anxious about the anesthesia, which is very common. I did a lot of research about it before committing to the operation. After signing a pile of paperwork at the surgery center, I was taken back into pre-operative care. There was a desk of nurses to my right, a row of beds and curtains in front of me, and a small room to my left. I was taken into the small room where I got undressed and put on the very fashionable surgery robe and crawled onto the bed. A very sweet nurse came in who set up my IV and gave me a nice heated blanket. I was a little freaked out from all of the medical equipment and monitors that were hooked up to me. The anesthesiologist came in next and calmed my nerves. He explained how the anesthesia works, and the process they use during surgery. He was also very nice and reassuring. My surgeon came in next and we talked about the procedure and my expectations again. I think that all of the staff could tell I was so scared that I was shaking because they were all so incredibly kind and calming. Next, two more nurses came into my room and gave me something like valium. It called me nerves, a lot. So much to the point that as they were carting me to the OR, I asked if we could race the beds through the hallways. I don't remember much after this. I didn't see anything after they started pushing me, and the last thing I remember hearing is a nurse telling me to think of a family vacation and then I was waking up in recovery.
Where is the procedure performed?
Often performed in the office or in an ambulatory surgical center, the procedure may involve local anesthesia, oral sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on your specific needs and any other procedures being performed at the same time.
Where in the face can facial implants be used?
Facial implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be added to almost any facial area that requires augmentation. Facial implants can add fullness and balance to the face or improve upon facial proportions. Facial implant areas include:
- The chin (known as mentoplasty)
- Jaw (mandibular angle)
- Around the eye sockets (orbital)
- Around the sides of the skull (temporal)
- Around the nose (nasal)
- Cheekbone areas (malar augmentation)
What are the most common kinds of facial implants?
The most common facial implants include the chin, jaw, and cheek. However other implants are available to address specific areas as needed.
What are the risks of facial implant procedures?
Risks can include infections, bleeding, poor healing and changes in skin sensation..
What happens if the implants need to be removed?
In rare cases, implants may need to be removed if they become infected, shift from their implanted location, or otherwise become malpositioned. Implants can be removed in the office setting under local anesthesia.
What is the most important consideration to know about facial implants?
When choosing a surgeon to perform any type of procedure, you should always choose one with the right training and experience.
We Specialize in Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery
At Weber Facial Plastic Surgery, we are experts in facial plastic surgery. Dr. Weber always take the time to understand your needs and aesthetic goals. We only recommend procedures that will result in natural looking enhancements you can feel good about. If you are bothered by a weak chin, poor facial balance, or have experienced unwanted changes due to the aging process, we can help. A lovely symmetrical face is possible.
Why it is Important to Seek out a Facial Specialist for Facial Implants
Not all surgeons have the advanced training required to perform complex facial surgery procedures. Facial implants require a specific skillset that blends advanced surgical expertise with the eye of a trained artist.
Dr. Weber has the knowledge, expertise, and experience to perform both facial plastic surgery and facial reconstructive procedures. As a student in medical school, he demonstrated a strong aptitude for facial aesthetics.
Dr. Weber is fellowship trained and double board certified in Facial Plastic Surgery as well as Head and Neck Surgery. He is the founder and owner of Weber Facial Plastic Surgery, a practice devoted to excellence in all areas of facial reconstruction, facial surgery, and facial rejuvenation. Using sophisticated methods and advanced procedures, Dr. Weber has changed countless lives by correcting facial defects.
Facial Implant Specialist
If you are dissatisfied with the overall shape, contours, or balance of your face, and you live or work in the Denver, Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, Englewood, Centennial, Fort Collins, Aurora, Colorado Springs, or Boulder, Colorado areas, and would like to know more about our advanced facial implant procedures, please call 303-792-2224 or use our convenient contact form.
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.