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Facial Implant Surgery in Lexington KY

Who doesn’t see some room for improvement when they look in the mirror? Through the magic of modern plastic surgery, there are so many ways to gain the confidence and self-esteem you’ve always craved. It is now possible for you to look in the mirror and see you, only better!

Many people desire additional volume and fullness in specific areas of their face. Sometimes, Dr. Gerstle is able to achieve these goals with injectable fillers or application of the patient’s own fat. Other times, to achieve a patient’s cosmetic goals, Dr. Gerstle will place an implant specific to the area of the face—such as lips, cheeks, or chin—to obtain the look the patient desires. If you have tried using fillers to get the look you want but are looking for more volume or perhaps a more permanent appearance, then a chin, cheek, or lip implant may well be for you.

Implants have many benefits, including the ability to create more distinct facial features and a firmer, more youthful appearance. They are made mostly of materials such as silicone rubber which are created to be accepted and easily tolerated by your body. They are an affordable and generally permanent solution, requiring far less recovery time than a facelift, brow lift, or dermabrasion treatment.

To find out more about Facial Implants in Lexington KY with Lexington Plastic Surgery, PLLC, request a consultation or call (859) 279-2111.

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Facial Implants vs Fillers

You and Dr. Gerstle may have a discussion about the differences between fillers and implants for improving the overall look of your face. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you make that choice.

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Facial Implant Safety

Dr. Gerstle considers facial implants to be very safe. The silicone used to manufacture the implants is very well tolerated by the body, although occasionally it can have complications.

We usually use local anesthesia to place facial implants, which has a better safety profile than general anesthesia. Occasionally, patients may have a reaction to materials used in the procedure such as the glue, sutures, or surgical tape.

Dr. Gerstle takes every precaution to minimize scarring risk, promote proper healing of incisions, and prevent infection. Any infection that does occur can usually be treated with antibiotics.

Most of our patients do very well with facial implants, experiencing some swelling, moderate pain, and temporary numbness following the surgery. These generally resolve within days to a couple of weeks. Shifting of implants that requires revision surgery is possible but not likely.

The Facial Implant Procedure

Most implant procedures will be completed within one to two hours, and patients can generally return home on the same day of the procedure. Unless combined with other, more complex procedures, facial implants can usually be inserted in our office under local anesthesia for those in good health. Dr. Gerstle will choose the area or areas to make the incisions that will cause the least amount (if any) visible scarring possible.

Facial Implant Post Op

Some swelling is expected right after the procedure but should diminish within five to ten days. You will follow up with Dr. Gerstle the day after the procedure and then schedule further post-op visits. Dr. Gerstle is always available by cell phone and email for any questions regarding facial implants or concerns that arise in between office visits.

As we’ve mentioned, a distinct benefit of having facial implants placed over other procedures is that the recovery period is very minimal.

Immediately following the surgery, it is normal to experience some redness, inflammation, and minor bruising around the incision sites. Follow his instructions carefully regarding when you can return to work and strenuous exercise. It’s important to allow yourself to heal and to refrain from disturbing the incisions. The good news is that once you’ve completely healed, your implants will create a permanent effect! Take care of yourself by sticking with soft foods such as smoothies, soups, and shakes to minimize the use of your facial muscles for a week or two.

At your follow up visit in the office, Dr. Gerstle will perform an exam to ensure you are healing well and that the implants haven’t shifted at all.

Benefits of Facial Implants

  • Enhanced facial features
  • A more permanent solution to injectable fillers or fat grafting
  • Correcting facial imbalance, whether congenital or due to injury
  • A more youthful appearance
  • Builds cheekbones, the jawline, thin lips, or a receding chin
  • Strengthens weak features
  • Highly customizable results are achievable
  • Excellent safety profile and relatively quick recovery
  • Enhanced confidence and self-esteem

The New You—Working With Dr. Gerstle

Your facial implant journey will begin with an in-depth conversation with Dr. Gerstle that will include a detailed medical history. We will rule out any allergies to the implant materials. Conditions that can be treated with facial implants include sagging in the cheeks or jawline, asymmetries, weak features, sunken or flat cheeks, and a weak or receding chin.

Once you’ve decided on a solution, the two of you will review our state-of-the-art digital imaging system called “Mirror Imaging,” which will represent how you can expect your own face to look after surgical alteration. This is a great way for you to get an accurate picture of what you look like now and how you would like your appearance to be after the procedure. We all know a “picture is worth a thousand words,” and this is a fantastic way to make sure you are both on the same page. Once you decide to move forward, Dr. Gerstle can suggest the appropriate implants and discuss whether any other procedures are indicated to help you achieve your goals.

 

Common Types of Facial Implants

Chin Implants

Chin implants can add depth and volume to a receding chin that is out of balance with the rest of the facial features. A dominant nose can even be balanced by a more prominent chin, avoiding the need for rhinoplasty. If you decide a chin implant is best for you, the procedure is done under local anesthetic, sedation, or occasionally a general anesthetic in our outpatient surgery center. Dr. Gerstle will place a small pocket under the chin with a very small incision and place the implant.

Jaw Implants

Jaw implants are applied over your existing bone structure to make the jawline more defined and prominent. A jaw implant is often placed along with a chin implant. A stronger jawline is often considered more masculine, making jaw implants a very popular procedure among men.

Cheek Implants

High cheekbones project a sense of youth, beauty, and elegance and are frequently requested by our patients. This surgery is suitable for younger and middle aged patients who want a permanent reshape of their features. It may be possible to insert them via the inside of the mouth or around the lower eyelid to minimize scarring.

Lip Implants

Silicone lip implants impart fuller, more sensuous lips without the need for continuous plumping injections. They can be inserted without causing any visible scars. For simple lip implants, Dr. Gerstle will perform the procedure in his private surgical suite under local anesthetic or light sedation. Small incisions are discretely hidden in the sides of the mouth where the implants are placed, and once you’ve healed, your lips will feel completely natural.

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Facial Implants Financing

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Pay for health and wellness care at over 200,000 enrolled providers across the nation. Once you’ve applied, you can use it again and again at any location that accepts CareCredit. For more information and to apply, please visit CareCredit.com.

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