Cosmetic Procedures

Facial Implants

Procedure
Change the basic shape and balance of the face using carefully shaped implants to build up a receding chin, add prominence to cheekbones, or reshape the jawline.
Length
30 minutes to 2 hours.
Anesthesia
Local with sedation, or general.
In/ Outpatient
Usually outpatient. Occasionally overnight hospital stay.
Side Effects
Temporary discomfort, swelling, bruising, numbness and/or stiffness. Muscles of the face may not work normally for several months. In jaw surgery, inability to open mouth fully for several weeks.
Risks
Shifting or imprecise positioning of implant, or infection around it, requiring a second operation or removal. Excess tightening and hardening of scar tissue around an artificial implant, causing an unnatural shape.
Recovery
Back to work: about 1 week. Normal appearance: 2 - 4 weeks. Activity that could jar or bump face: 6 weeks or more.
Duration
Permanent

Doctors performing this procedure: Facial Implants in Australia

Doctors performing this procedure: Facial Implants outside of Australia