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Facial Implants in Birmingham AL

Chin, Cheek and Jaw Implants

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If you are bothered by a small chin, a weak jaw or deflated cheeks, you may be a candidate for plastic surgery with Facial Implants.

Made of specially formed solid materials that are compatible with human tissues, facial implants are designed to bring better balance, contours and proportions to the physical structure of the face. Implants can be used to enhance or augment any area of the face, but the most common sites for facial implants are the cheeks, chin and jaw.

  • Chin Implants are used to increase the size and projection of the chin for people whose chin is small, recessed and/or out of proportion with the forehead and mid-face.
  • Jaw Implants are used to increase the width of the lower third of the face for people whose jaw is not well-defined and distinct from the neck, or slopes rather than angles from the ear to the chin.
  • Cheek Implants are used to increase the projection of the cheekbones by adding volume to areas that are recessed or flat.

Following an evaluation of your goals and the features you wish to correct, our plastic surgeons in Birmingham, Alabama can help you select the type and size of facial implants that best suit you and your goals for cosmetic facial rejuvenation. Please contact us today to learn more about facial implants.

Facial Implants Candidates

You may be a good candidate for facial implants if:

Plastic surgery with facial implants is best performed on people whose head and skull have reached physical maturity, which generally occurs in late adolescence.

Your Facial Implants Consultation

During your facial implants consultation, be prepared to discuss:

Your facial implants surgeon will also:

Facial Implants Risks and Safety

Each patient must decide if the benefits of facial implant surgery will achieve their goals, and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. The risks of facial implants include:

Facial implants risks will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It's important that you address all of your concerns about risks with your plastic surgeon. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications.

Preparing for Facial Implants

In preparing for facial implants, you may be asked to:

Facial implants procedures are performed at our accredited Outpatient Surgery Facility in Birmingham, Alabama. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and stay with you for at least the first night after surgery.

Facial Implants Procedure

Anesthesia options for facial implant surgery include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your surgeon will recommend the best option for you.

Cheek Implants

The specific area to be augmented in the cheek determines where an implant will be positioned on the cheekbone. Cheek implants are most often placed through incisions in the mouth. When performed with other procedures, alternate incisions may be recommended, including placement through an incision inside the lower eyelid or within the hairline.

Chin Implants

The incision for chin implants may be inside your mouth along the crease that joins your lower lip and gums. An alternative is an incision just beneath the chin.

Jaw Implants

Jaw implants are generally placed through the mouth with incisions inside the mouth, back along the jawline at the crease where the inside of your cheek and gums meet. Your incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures or stitches that will be removed within 1 to 2 weeks.

Nasal Implants

Nasal implants are a less common type of facial implant used to clear breathing obstructions, enhance the nose's shape, correct malformed areas and improve overall facial symmetry. Please see our Nasal Implants Video to learn more.

Facial Implants Recovery

Once your facial implants procedure is completed, bandages or dressings may be applied to keep the surgical site clean and support the position of the implant during initial healing.

Your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself after facial implant surgery. Following these instructions is essential to the success of your cheek, chin or jaw implants procedure. The instructions may include:

The surgical incisions should not be subjected to excessive force, motion, swelling or abrasion during the time of healing.

Facial Implants Results

While the initial outcome of facial implant surgery with Dr. William Hedden, Dr. Stephen Gunn or Dr. Joshua Halka is noticeable almost immediately, it will be obscured by visible swelling. The initial healing phase may include localized swelling, discoloration, numbness or discomfort. It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate. Facial movements may be temporarily restricted or impaired.

The final results of your facial implant surgery will be long-lasting. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single procedure and another surgery may be necessary.

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Hedden and Gunn Plastic Surgery

Chin, Chin and Jaw Implants are used to bring better balance and proportion to the contours of the face.

Birmingham, AL Office & Surgery Suites

Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery
140 Village Street
Birmingham, AL 35242
205-980-1744 or 800-HeddenMD
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Questions About Facial Rejuvenation?

Contact us today if you have any questions about Chin, Cheek and Jaw Facial Implants at Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery.

To schedule your consultation at the earliest possible date, please call 205-980-1744.

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