Alloplastic Augmentation of the Face

Procedure:
Improves the size and appearance of different areas in the face by implanting a pre-shaped three dimensional object in solid material, resulting in a more harmonious appearance. There are different types of material used to achieve this contour change. There are also different shapes of implants according to the area to be enhanced (chin, jaw, nose and cheeks and paranasal).

Length:
Approximately one and a half hours.

Anesthesia:

General anesthesia or intravenous sedation and local anesthesia are commonly used.

Inpatient/Outpatient:

This is an outpatient procedure.

Possible Side Effects:

Temporary discomfort and swelling, mild bruising.

Risks:

The implant may need to be removed and/or replaced to treat problems including: implant rupture, infection and implant misplacement. Implant rejection is a risk but is extremely rare.

Recovery:

The patient can return to work and normal activities within in few days. The patient should not consume alcohol after surgery. Bruising and swelling should have disappeared after several weeks.

Results:

The outcome varies from patient to patient, but results are essentially permanent. The overall effect is an enhancement of the deficient contours of the face with an improved appearance.