What are

Facial Implants?

Are you bothered by a small chin or weak jaw? Do you lack the facial contours to give you the sculpted look you want? Whether due to aging, heredity, a deformity or even trauma, asymmetry and deficiencies in the chin, cheeks or jaw can be corrected with facial implants. The result is improved balance and better proportion in the structural appearance of your face. Dr. Jung specializes in the following types of facial implants:

  • Chin Implants: A small or recessed chin is one that seems to disappear into the neck of a person of normal weight instead of appearing as a distinct facial feature. Chin implants can increase the size and projection of your chin to bring it into proportion with the forehead and mid-face.
  • Jaw Implants: Similar to the chin, a weak jaw is one that isn’t well defined and doesn’t appear distinct from the neck or it may slope rather than angle from the ear to the chin. Jaw implants increase the width of the bottom third of your face. In some cases, a facial imbalance can be due to both the chin and the jaw.
  • Cheek Implants: Cheek implants enhance the projection of the cheekbones and add volume to recessed or flat areas for improved definition.

Benefits

of Facial Implants

Creates or restores symmetry, balance and proportion in the facial structures

Enhances deficiencies in the chin, cheeks or jaw for improved contour and a more sculpted look

Results are permanent and can be as subtle or dramatic as you desire

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Before + After

Results

This 19-year-old female suffered from an underbite and midfacial deficiency. The patient wore braces for a few years in preparation for jaw surgery. Dr. Jung corrected the underbite with lower jaw surgery and the midface deficiency with cheek implants. The patient is shown here seven months after surgery with improved facial balance and proportion.

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Treatment

Considerations

Facial implant surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Local anesthetic is also administered. Dr. Jung makes a small incision near where the implant will be placed. He then creates a pocket in the facial tissue and uses a sterilized clamp to insert the implant into this pocket. The incision is closed with sutures and then covered with a bandage or tape.

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Pre + Post

Op Care

Dr. Jung will provide you with pre-operative instructions to follow to ensure surgery is safe and successful. After the procedure, you’ll experience some bruising and swelling with mild to moderate discomfort for a day or two. Using a cold compress periodically can help to reduce pain and swelling. You’ll likely need to follow a liquid diet for one to two days and a soft diet for up to ten days. When lying down, make sure you’re in a face-up position at a 45-degree angle for at least one week. While you’ll most likely be mobile the same day as your surgery, you will want to rest. You should be able to go back to work and your normal activities within a week. Stitches are removed in five to ten days and sutures inside the mouth will dissolve in that time period as well.

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