At my Dallas practice, I see a lot of rhinoplasty patients who are certain that their nose is the source of their dissatisfaction with their appearances. However, it is often not just the nose itself, but the disproportion of the nose, cheeks, and chin that causes their unhappiness. For these clients, I may also recommend a facial implant to bring the facial features into better balance.
About Facial Implants
Both cheek and chin implants are available and can help give more structure and definition to the face. The facial implants I use at my practice are made of a solid silicone material that looks and feels like natural facial bones. However, these implants are also flexible enough to allow for very small incisions, which are usually placed under the chin or inside the mouth. Facial implants can often be inserted during rhinoplasty surgery in order to avoid separate operations.
What to Expect After Surgery
Patients who combine nose surgery with facial implants should expect a slightly longer recovery period. Usually, my rhinoplasty patients wear a splint on their noses for 5 to 7 days. Swelling of the nose and face (particularly around the cheeks and eyes) is to be expected and should start to dissipate after about 2 weeks. Final results, however, will not be visible for several months or up to 1 year.