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Face Implant chin implant malar implant cheek implant by Seattle Plastic Surgeon

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Facial Implants according to Seattle Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

Facial implants can enhance facial appearance in those individuals who desire more prominence in certain facial structures, such as the cheek bone or the chin.  Sometimes changing the prominence of one feature can add balance to the face.  The most common example of this is a patient who feels their nose is too prominent when actually their chin is too small.  Inserting a chin implant can make the nose much more proportionate.

There are many types of materials used for facial implants.  At the time of consultation, I will examine you and make recommendations regarding the type, size and shape of implant.  Sometime, injection of fat or one of the new fillers can result in enough enhancement to obtain the desired result.

Cheekbone (malar) implants are usually placed through an incision made inside the mouth just above the canine teeth.  A pocket for the implant is made by lifting the cheek skin off the underlying bone with a special instrument.  The implant is then carefully placed and the incision closed.

Chin implants are placed either through an incision inside the mouth under the lower incisors or through a small incision under the chin.  A special instrument is used to make a pocket on the chin bone.  After positioning the implant, the incision is closed.

The surgery is done under general anesthesia either in my AAAASF certified Seattle office operating room or at Seattle Surgery Center, which is located a block from my office building.  There is bruising and swelling at the operative site for about one week.  I recommend patients take it easy and eat a soft diet during this time.  Most patients return to work in one week and to other activities after two to three weeks.

To schedule a consultation with me, please call 206 467-1101.