Facial implants are made of solid biocompatible materials to enhance your overall facial structure, to highlight your features, and to beautify your face.  The implants are suggested by a cosmetic surgeon according to your facial type, shape, size and your preference.  If you have a small or weak chin or have unattractive facial features, facial implants may be a solution for you.  The jaw, chin and cheeks are the most prominent features on your face and these are the areas of your face where facial implants are usually recommended.  Facial implants are growing in popularity in Costa Rica and have a high safety rating here.

Facial implants — risks and complications:

You must consider all the risks and complications that are associated with facial implants along with its benefits. You should be extremely careful before choosing a facial implant surgery, because it will affect your face and the way you look.  When performed properly and the correct aesthetic implant is selected, there are very few things that can go wrong.   Some of the risks include:

  • Possible revisional surgery
  • Skin discoloration
  • Shifting of implants
  • Persistent pain
  • Skin sensations due to bruising, swelling and sensitivity
  • Change in skin sensation due to nerve injury
  • Irregularities in the skin contour
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications that can either be permanent or temporary, but are very rare.
  • Infection
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Poor healing of incisions
  • Bleeding
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Firmness around the implant
  • Allergies to surgical products such as tapes, glues, injections or topical preparations

Facial implant terms that you should know:

  • 1) External incisions: the surgeon marks surgical incision openings on your skin.
  • 2) Intraoral incisions: the surgeon makes incisions inside the mouth of the patient.
  • 3) Local anesthesia: a type of drug which is injected on the exact spot of the incision before an operation to either make it numb or to relieve the pain.
  • 4) General anesthesia: a type of drug which is used to alter consciousness.
  • 5) Intravenous sedation: sedative injected into the vein to make you relax.
  • 6) Biocompatible materials: implants made of natural or synthetic material not harmful to living tissue.

After the operation is done and if the implants have been placed externally, the surgeon may cover the surgical site with bandages or dressings to keep it clean and to make the implants remain in place.  If placed from inside the mouth, you will be restricted to a liquid diet for two days, and a soft diet for a few days after that until the gums have healed.  To protect the incisions from infection, avoid dairy products for five days.  You will need to rinse your mouth thoroughly after eating to keep the sutures clean, and these will dissolve on their own after several weeks.  You may experience some degree of numbness around the surgical site, which usually subsides within a few weeks to several months.  Keeping your head elevated helps the swelling resolve sooner.  The surgeon will give you proper instructions on how to take care of the surgical site and also the medications that you may need to recover and to reduce the pain, if any, as well.

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