Facial Implants

If you would like to increase the balance of your facial features, you may be interested in the benefits of facial implants. Facial implants can bring harmony to a younger face by improving facial contours and proportions, or restore a youthful look to an older face that has lost volume.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alexander Nein specializes in facial implants. Dr. Nein’s engineering background together with his extensive medical training provides him with a uniquely trained aesthetic eye ideal for achieving beautiful and natural looking cosmetic results. In addition to facial implants, Dr. Nein offers a wide range of cosmetic surgeries for both men and women. His selection of procedures for the face and body has helped thousands of patients achieve their appearance goals throughout the Nashville area.

If you’re ready to learn more, please contact us online today, or call 615-327-0201 to schedule your facial implant consultation at our Nashville plastic surgery practice. We have patients travel to us from all parts of Tennessee including Franklin, Clarksville, Murfreesboro and other communities.

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Considering Facial Implants?

The best candidates for facial implants are men or women who feel that their facial proportions could be enhanced by adding volume to a specific part of the face. Patients can be of almost any age, but younger patients should be fully physically mature before considering facial implants. Candidates should be in good overall physical and mental health and have realistic expectations about their results.

There are three common facial implants that can be used to enhance the appearance:

  • Chin implants strengthen a weak chin, and are often combined with a more conservative rhinoplasty.
  • Cheek implants create higher, better defined cheekbones, and may further accentuate the results of a facelift.
  • Jaw implants help reshape the jaw for a more balanced look in the lower face.

The best facial implant results are seen in patients with sunken features due to age or who have a natural lack of definition in some areas of the face.

At A Glance
Procedure Length 30 minutes to 2 hours,depending on implant location
Anesthesia Usually general anesthesia is required, though in some cases, only a local anesthesia can be used.
In/Outpatient Usually outpatient, but an overnight stay may be recommended for some patients.
Side Effects Temporary soreness, swelling and bruising. Some dietary restrictions may be required during recovery if an incision was made inside the mouth. Temporarily restricted facial movements, especially in the instance of jaw surgery.
Risks Infection, bleeding. A shift in the implant can occur, requiring subsequent reoperation.
Recovery Variable depending on the type of surgery. Patients can typically return to work within a week, but should avoid certain activities for a month or more.
Duration of Results Long-lasting. Implants may require future reoperation.
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Planning Your Surgery

The initial step in planning your facial implant surgery is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Nein. During this time, you can discuss your goals for facial implants with Dr. Nein, as well as ask him any questions you may have regarding the surgery.

Dr. Nein will conduct a physical evaluation during your consultation and review any factors that may affect your overall results. This may include lifestyle habits, medications, your skin condition, age and any previous surgeries.

He will also explain what you can expect during the surgery itself, including placement of the incisions, anesthesia and the exact position of the implants. You will receive details regarding costs, the surgical facility, any risks involved, limitations of the procedure and the procedural steps.

Your consultation with Dr. Nein is an excellent time to ask him any questions you may have regarding facial implants. However, if you think of additional questions or concerns at another time, we are happy to help you through every step of your procedure, including preparation and recovery.

Your Recovery & Results

After your surgery, you will feel swollen and bruised with some degree of discomfort that can typically be controlled with medications. Dr. Nein will dress the area in surgical bandages and provide detailed post-operative care instructions. Depending on the exact procedure, some patients may need to stay overnight in a hospital.

Healing is different for each patient and the exact length of the healing process can vary depending on the type of procedure used. In general, swelling and bruising will gradually dissipate over the following weeks. Dr. Nein may suggest that you avoid any activities that could result in the face being jarred or bumped — such as certain sports — for several weeks after surgery.

Your facial contours should appear more balanced following your facial implant surgery, with results that can often be subtle and natural enough to enhance your appearance without giving away that you had surgery. Many more mature patients may find that facial implants help them look younger, while younger patients frequently feel more confident and attractive once they enjoy more well-defined features.