Thursday, June 22, 2006

Plastic Surgeon.Chin and Cheek Implants

What can be done for a chin that is too small? A Silastic chin implant is inserted through a small incision inside the mouth or though an incision just under the chin in the small crease that most of us have. Recovery is relatively easy.
What can be done for a chin that is too large? The jawbone can be trimmed through small incisions just inside the lower lip and just underneath the chin. Prior to surgery, the doctor will evaluate your photographs, X-rays of your teeth, and how your teeth fit together.
There is a new surgery available that creates a square jaw. It is used on patients who have a long face and need width in the lower portion.
Cheek implants are one of the most popular surgeries in Hollywood, because they make the face appear more youthful and less tired. The cheek implant is placed through an incision just inside the mouth. This creates a partial face lift, which makes the patient look younger.


Surgery
During

The operation is performed general anesthesia or 4 sedation. The surgeon will make small incisions inside the mouth near the cheek. Before the operation, he or she will mark your skin with the positioning of the implant. Once the perfect pocket has been developed, the surgeon will place the the implant in the cheek area.
After Surgery
Recovery
Its important to remain on liquids and soft foods for two to three weeks after the procedure. Also, most surgeons ask that any dental work be postponed for six months after the placement of any facial implant. In addition if any dental work is performed prophylactic antibiotics must be taken before and after surgery.
Expect to have some persistent swelling for about two to three months; major swelling goes away after a few weeks. Also, expect your lip to be numb. Everywhere, you'll be happy with the results.
Possible Complications
One of the main complications following this operation is infection, If an implant is suspected of being infected, the cheek is tapped to see if the fluid can be expressed. The fluid is then drawn off with a needle and syringe.

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