Balance, Symmetry, and Harmony

Facial implants are small pieces of silicone inserted underneath the skin to augment your facial structure. These implants are most commonly installed in the cheeks, jaw, or chin to improve facial balance or provide more structure where it is lacking. 

Are Facial Implants Right for Me?

Facial implants are an excellent option for anyone unsatisfied with their natural facial shape or bone structure. If the chin is weak or recessed, there may be little visual distinction between the neck and face, distracting from their overall facial aesthetics. A small chin can even make a patient's nose appear larger than it is. And both of these features can be noticed from the front and the side profile. In such cases, facial implants become ideal in providing proportion to other facial features and creating a more balanced appearance. Facial implants are a great pathway to a more well-defined, balanced facial appearance.

It's important to note: before being considered for facial implants, the patient must have already developed their adult facial structure. It's also worth noting that smokers are at a much higher risk for complications, so if you cannot quit for the time it takes to recover fully, you should avoid this procedure. As with all cosmetic procedures, holding realistic expectations when considering surgery is essential. Such topics can be discussed more in-depth during your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Thompson at his Denver offices.

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Your Initial Consultation

A consultation is a crucial part of a patient's journey, allowing them to ask questions and get to know their plastic surgeon. You will meet with Dr. Thompson one-on-one at our Denver office and discuss your goals and expectations. Dr. Thompson can evaluate your face and determine whether facial implant surgery is a good fit. If it is, he can create a custom treatment plan and explain the procedure and recovery process in great detail. After understanding your aesthetic goals, Dr. Thompson will design a personalized surgical plan.

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Non-Surgical Options

If you are not ready to commit to a surgical procedure and are looking for a less-invasive way to improve the appearance of your face, you may be a good candidate for dermal filler injections. Although the results from these injections are not permanent, they can help you determine whether you would like to proceed with a surgical procedure. This is a highly customizable procedure since facial implants are available in various sizes, shapes, and materials. While chin implants are usually made of solid silicone, some are comprised of GoreTex or artificial bone.

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The Day of Your Procedure

Your procedure starts with several incisions to install your facial implants properly. The exact number depends on the procedure, but most can be performed inconspicuously. Dr. Thompson takes special care to minimize scarring to the greatest degree. Incisions will be placed in areas that are not visible or very difficult to see externally. Depending on the patient's surgical plan, Dr. Thompson may make a small incision underneath the chin or inside of the mouth.

Once the incision is made, he'll place the implant(s) adjacent to your jawbone or cheekbone and ensure it is secure. The procedure will end when he places sutures to close the incision. Once the surgery is completed, the final product becomes more and more apparent as the body heals and swelling decreases.

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Recovery and Results

The downtime for this procedure is usually 10-14 days. If dissolvable stitches aren't used, sutures will typically be removed within one week. It can take a few more weeks for all swelling and bruising to go away, so it is necessary to rest and be patient during this time. As with any invasive procedure, facial implant surgery does come with some possible risks. These include swelling, bruising, and puffiness. Some possible complications include:

  • Sensation loss
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Asymmetry
  • Poor wound healing

Fortunately, these complications are infrequent when a skilled surgeon like Dr. Thompson performs this procedure. Chin and cheek implants are solid and made of a material that will not resorb, meaning they will never go away. Most patients who undergo facial implant surgery enjoy their new and improved chin for the rest of their lives.

Why Choose Us?

Dr. Thompson is one of the best plastic surgeons in the Denver area. He was one of 49 surgeons that the AAFPRS chose to receive a sponsored Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship. He is board-certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. No matter your needs, Dr. Thompson believes in creating a plan that's right for you.

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