Changes in our facial structure can occur naturally from the time we are born, influenced by our genetics and the aging process. These natural processes can sometimes result in facial features that may not align with one’s personal objectives. For some individuals, considering facial implants might be a suitable option. This procedure involves placing synthetic materials in specific areas of the face to alter the contours.
At our Sydney clinic, under the guidance of Dr. Tim Papadopoulos, we offer facial implant procedures. These procedures can adjust the contours of features like the cheekbones, jawline, or chin. Remember, the decision to undergo such a procedure is a personal one. It should be made considering your individual objectives and not be influenced by societal norms or expectations.
Cheek implants are an option for individuals who wish to adjust the contours of their cheekbones. This procedure involves placing an implant underneath the cheekbone, and it is carried out through a small incision in the mouth. The objective here is to adjust the shape of the cheekbones to better align with your personal objectives.
Chin implants, on the other hand, are used to alter the shape or size of the chin. This procedure may be suitable for individuals who wish to adjust the contour of their chin or jawline. The implant is selected and placed in a way that aligns with your unique facial structure and personal objectives.
Our team is committed to providing a professional, respectful, and patient-focused approach. We aim to help you make an informed decision that aligns with your personal objectives and overall wellbeing. We encourage you to explore all available options, including accepting your natural features, and considering non-surgical procedures.
Facial implants are options for individuals who wish to adjust the contours of their face. This can include areas such as the cheekbones or chin.
Cheek implants involve the placement of an implant underneath the cheekbone, while chin implants adjust the contour of the chin or jawline.
Both procedures are conducted through small incisions, with cheek implants typically inserted through the mouth.
Results can vary widely based on individual circumstances. It’s essential for patients to have a detailed consultation with Dr. Tim to understand the procedure and its potential outcomes fully.
Implant selection and placement is personalised to the individual’s unique facial structure.
Please note that these facts are general in nature, and specific details may vary based on individual circumstances. We encourage patients to have a detailed consultation with Dr. Tim to understand the procedure fully.
Risks of Facial Implants Surgery
As with all surgical procedures, facial implants surgery carries some degree of risk. It’s crucial to discuss these potential risks with Dr. Tim during your consultation so that you can make an informed decision about your surgery. Here are some of the possible complications:
Infection: Although rare, infection can occur after any surgical procedure. If this happens, it may require additional treatment, including antibiotics or further surgery in severe cases.
Adverse Reaction to Anesthesia: Some people may have a negative reaction to the anaesthesia used during the surgery. This can range from mild nausea to more serious, although rare, complications like allergic reactions.
Implant Shifting or Malposition: There’s a risk that the implant may move from its original position after surgery, resulting in asymmetry or an undesired look. This may necessitate additional surgery to reposition or replace the implant.
Nerve Damage: While rare, there’s a possibility of nerve damage during facial implant surgery, which could lead to facial numbness or, in extreme cases, muscle weakness.
Bleeding and Hematoma: These are potential risks with any surgical procedure. Excessive bleeding during or after surgery can lead to a hematoma (a collection of blood outside of the blood vessels), which may require additional surgery to correct.
Scarring: While Dr. Tim will make every effort to minimise scarring, any surgical incision can leave a scar. In most cases, these scars will be well-hidden and will fade over time.
Remember, choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon like Dr. Tim helps to minimise these risks. During your consultation, Dr. Tim will discuss these potential complications in detail, along with the measures he takes to ensure your safety during and after surgery.
Recovery After Facial Implants Surgery
Recovery from facial implant surgery varies for each patient, depending on the specifics of the surgery and the individual’s general health. However, most patients can expect a similar overall process.
Immediate Post-Surgery Period
After the surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort in the areas where the implants were placed. This is normal and should subside gradually over the first couple of weeks. Dr. Tim will provide you with medications to manage any pain or discomfort you may feel.
For the first few days, it’s essential to keep your head elevated, even while sleeping, to minimise swelling. You may also be advised to apply cold compresses to the affected areas to further reduce swelling and discomfort.
During the first week after surgery, you may have some dietary restrictions. Dr. Tim will provide you with specific instructions. Generally, you should avoid strenuous activities during this time, and you might need assistance with daily tasks.
Two to Four Weeks
By this time, the majority of the swelling should have subsided, and you will start to see the initial results of your surgery. You should be able to return to work and resume most daily activities, although strenuous exercise should still be avoided.
Four to Eight Weeks
Most patients are completely recovered by this time and can resume all normal activities, including exercise. The final results of your surgery will be more apparent as any remaining swelling resolves.
Dr. Tim and his team will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress throughout the recovery process.
Please note that individual recovery timelines can vary, and it’s important to follow all post-operative care instructions given by Dr. Tim’s team. This includes instructions about taking prescribed medications, caring for the surgical site, and scheduling and attending follow-up visits.