Chin, Cheek, and Jaw Implants (cont.)
Where Are Face Implants Placed?
- Lower jaw implant. The
implant is placed inside of the lower lip. Incision site will be secured with
sutures that will dissolve in about one week. The procedure takes one to two
- Cheek implant. The implant
is placed internally through upper lip or externally via your lower eyelid.
Sutures will vary depending on whether they're internal or external. The
procedure take about an hour.
- Chin implant. The implant is placed internally to the lower lip, or under your chin. As with the cheek implant, sutures will vary depending on whether they're internal or external. The procedure takes 30 minutes to an hour
How Do I Prepare For a Face Implant?
The good news about facial implants is that the recovery is quick. You should need only to take one week off from work,
at most. Of course, your recovery will depend on your own personal habits and whether or not you're having other surgery performed.
You should plan to have someone drive you home from the hospital. If you live alone, you should also plan to have someone
stay with you at least the first night once you're home.
Make sure to wear a loose blouse or shirt that does not have to
be pulled over your face. Your surgeon will instruct you on which foods and medications to avoid before and after facial
implant surgery. If you are a smoker, your surgeon may ask you to quit smoking for a certain period before and after the surgery.
What Will I Need When I'm Home?
Make sure you establish a home recovery area, which should include:
- Plenty of ice
- Freezer bags
- Ointments or creams as recommended by the surgeon for
any external incision sites
- Clean gauze
- Soft foods, such as protein shakes, pudding, Jell-O,
- Telephone within reaching distance of your primary
- Mouthwash (note that tooth brushing may be restricted based on your surgeon's recommendations)
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