Facial implants can transform your appearance. If you have been considering facial implants, Dr Turner is a leading plastic surgeon in Sydney. He is one of the most sought-after plastic surgeons, helping both men and women achieve results.
For those who would like to address imbalance or enhance facial volume, implants allow you to achieve permanent results. Although dermal fillers are available, these are only a temporary solution.
If you would like to achieve lasting results, enhancing the look of your cheeks, chin, or jawline, facial implants are the preferred treatment. Once complete, the implants will permanently augment your facial structure. From stronger liners to more defined angles, this procedure will help you achieve greater facial definition.
The Benefits of Facial Implant Surgery
Depending on your goals, facial implants can do one of two things:
- For women, you can restore volume and balance to your face, helping you overcome the effects of aging and asymmetry.
- For men, facial implants can easily and effectively make you more masculine-looking, while achieving greater balance.
Overall, facial implants can augment, rejuvenate, and reconstruct your facial features. Available in a range of sizes and styles, you can achieve the look you personally desire. Just some of the benefit that you will achieve include:
- The correction of facial asymmetry, particularly in regards to your chin, jaw and cheeks.
- The ability to achieve greater facial volume, without the need for fat grafting (i.e. taking fat from your abdomen to add to your face).
- These procedures are fairly quick — but most importantly effective. They can help you achieve long-term, lasting results.
Are You An Ideal Candidate?
If you would like to benefit from the rejuvenating effects of facial implants, it’s important to know whether or not you’re an ideal candidate. This will not only ensure the best possible results, but can also make you feel more comfortable and confident going into surgery.
Overall, facial implants are performed on those whose both skull and head have reached optimal maturity. Ideally, you will want to enhance the look of your chin, cheeks, and/or jaw, while enhancing facial contour. In order to be considered the best possible candidate, you should:
- Be physically healthy
- Not smoke (this can be discussed with Dr Turner, in terms of the healing process)
- Be in the right mindset in terms of specific goals and outcomes, as well as realistic expectations
To better understand whether you’re a good candidate, you can meet with Dr Turner for a facial implant consultation. After going over your medical history, he will further explain the procedures so that you can better decide which option is ideal for you. When meeting with Dr Turner at his Sydney clinic, he will be honest and thorough, so that you have realistic expectations.
What to Expect from Facial Implants
Compatible with human tissue, facial implants will allow you to augment and enhance the structure of your face. Depending on your goals, the size and type of your implants differ. Although any area of your face can technically be augmented, the most common sites for facial implants include the chin, cheeks, and jawline.
Made from either silicone or MEDPOR, implants are inserted into pockets. The latter material, MEDPOR, can be cut to fit your desired needs, however, silicone is more commonly used. Once again, depending on your circumstances, Dr Turner will help you better decide which type of surgery is ideal for you.
Before your surgery date, Dr Turner will provide preoperative instructions. Although each case is unique, while preparing for your procedure, you should:
- Stop smoking. It’s best if you are not a smoker, but if you are — please stop smoking at least six weeks prior to surgery. This will allow you to heal more effectively and rapidly. It’s also ideal to consume a balanced diet and maintain optimal hydration.
- Avoid taking any herbal medications or aspirin, as they can enhance bleeding. Based on your medical history and current medications, Dr Turner will be able to better assist you. Please discuss any relevant information at your consultation.
As you’d expect, chin implants can help you alter the size of your chin. More often than not, a patient’s chin is not proportionate to their mid-face and forehead. If your chin is not a distinct facial feature, you can certainly rectify a small or recessed chin through implantation. The best candidates are those who:
- Have a recessed chin
- Have a pointed chin
- Have a prominent nose
- Have a fleshy neck
Depending on your personal circumstances, this surgery generally lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Of course, this depends on your situation, as chin augmentation is often performed at the same time as rhinoplasty surgery. If you are looking to achieve balance and ’round out’ your chin, then this is what you can expect:
→ After being placed under general anaesthesia, a small cut will be made either inside your mouth or outside, under your chin. The implant will be inserted in front of the chin bone and under the muscles.
Although ideal for more men and women, jaw implants can help men achieve a stronger, more masculine jawline. Regardless of your gender, a weak jaw will not be well-defined. Through facial implants, however, Dr Turner can help you achieve more defined angles. In some cases, both jaw and chin implants are recommended, in order to achieve balance. The best candidates are:
- Men who want a stronger jawline
- Women with a weak jawline (which will result in a softer look than their male counterparts)
If you would like to enhance the look of your small, undefined jaw, then this is what you can expect:
→ After being placed under general anaesthesia, an incision will be made inside the mouth.
Creating tiny pockets, allows for the implants to be placed into the desired area.
Improving the projection of your cheekbones, cheek implants will instantly add volume. Over time, due to the aging process, your face can become rather flat-looking. If you would like to correct skeletal deficiency, then silicone cheek implants are recommended.
If you would like to restore volume and improve facial angles, then this is what you can expect from cheek implants:
→ After being placed under general anaesthesia, a small incision is typically made inside the upper lip. Once this small pocket is created, the implant is inserted underneath the soft tissues of the cheek. You can either have implants inserted onto your cheek bone (known as a malar implant); below the cheek bone (known as a sub-malar implant); or a combination (combined malar-sub-malar implant).
Your Consultation with Dr Turner
If you’re considering facial implants or any other corrective surgery, the very first step will be to meet with Dr Turner for a consultation. For many patients, we understand that this is a major decision, so we want to make the entire process as comfortable as possible. We’re here to explain each procedure in detail, so that you’re confident with your final decision.
When you’re ready to discuss your potential surgery, our Sydney office will schedule a facelift consultation to discuss not only the procedures, but also answer any questions you may have. This consultation does not require any further commitments — it’s simply intended to thoroughly inform you, so that you can make the best decision for you and your needs.
To begin, Dr Turner will help you determine what procedure would be best, based on a number of key factors. Of course, every patient is unique, not only in terms of their skin and facial structure, but also their wants and needs. Dr Turner will guide you, discussing the options available, so that you can achieve the results you desire.
Dr Turner and his staff will:
- Review all facial implant procedures with you.
- Discuss all potential risks involved with facial surgery.
- Based on the procedures you’re interested in, we will then provide insight into how the surgery will be performed, step-by-step.
- Provide an explanation of what you can expect before, during, and after.
- Offer all pricing details and methods of payment.
- Address any key questions or concerns you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I achieve the same effect with non-surgical procedures?
There are certainly alternative options in terms of non-surgical enhancement, mainly using dermal fillers. Although this can help you achieve volume, the results are only temporary. When used in excess, your face can begin to look somewhat puffy. If you would like to continue achieving lasting results, implants are your best option.
How long will it take me to recover?
Depending on your surgery, you will likely experience localised swelling and minimal bruising for about 2 weeks. The results are immediate — but don’t be concerned if your cheeks look somewhat large for the first couple of weeks. The majority of patients return to work in just one week. Overall, most patients fully recover in 4-6 weeks. For most patients, scarring is minimal.
How should I prepare?
To maximise results and support the healing process, Dr Turner will advise you if any special treatments are required prior to surgery. This will be covered in your initial consultation at his Sydney clinic. It’s critical that your medical status is maximised, so that you can recover as quickly and effectively as possible. Some of the factors that Dr Turner may cover, include:
- Avoiding certain medications, such as aspirin 2 weeks prior to surgery
- Stop taking any herbal supplements that are not prescribed by your doctor
- STOP smoking, at least 6 weeks before surgery to help tissues heal
- Minimise your intake of alcohol for 3 days prior to surgery
- Continue to take prescribed medications, especially those that control blood pressure
- Plan who will be taking you home after surgery
Are there any significant risk involved?
Regardless of the surgery you choose, there are always some level of risk involved. In terms of facial implants, they are generally very safe. There is a small risk of bleeding, infection, movement, or allergy, but cases are rare. Dr Turner will review all possible risk factors during your consultation. If you have questions, this will be the time to ask.
Can I receive facial implants in addition to other cosmetic surgeries?
Yes, when receiving facial implants, many patients choose to combine a number of procedures. As mentioned, many patients benefit from both a chin implant and rhinoplasty surgery. Please discuss the results you wish to achieve with Dr Turner, so that he can better assist you.
Does it hurt to have facial implants?
During the surgery, you will not experience any pain. Based on post-surgery swelling, you may experience slight discomfort in the days and weeks following the procedure. These symptoms, however, can be easily managed with medication and other associated treatments.
How long will my facial implants last?
Facial implants are meant to be permanent, which is very appealing. Very few patients require any follow-up surgery. If you do wish to remove them in the future, however, silicone implants can often be removed.
How does smoking affect surgery?
Since you will undergo a short healing process, you will want your tissue to be as healthy as possible. When smoking, blood vessels tend to shrink, reducing the supply of oxygen and nutrients. In turn, this increases the healing time. As mentioned, please stop smoking 2-6 weeks before surgery.
When can I start exercising again?
If you take part in strenuous exercise, you will increase your risk of swelling, bruising, and bleeding. Once surgery is complete, you will be able to perform light activities, such as walking. Within 2 weeks, most patients can begin practicing yoga, cycle, and weight train. Any contact sports should be avoided until at least 6 weeks after surgery. If you have any questions, please speak with Dr Turner during your consultation.