Shapes of the different parts of the face have a significant effect on the overall image of the face. The number of face contouring operations are different for every person. There are cases in which one only needs a single operation to achieve the ideal face, and there are cases that might need two or more face contouring procedures. To determine the overall characteristics of your face, a 3D-CT scan before deciding on the type of surgery is very helpful. It is important to get a consultation with your surgeon. And it is important that the clinic has appropriate and safe equipment for this surgery.
Face contouring involves surgical procedures such as incorporating skin tightening, fat transfers, and implants.
Who is a good candidate?
You might be a good candidate for face contouring if:
- You are otherwise healthy and do not have a serious illness or medical condition that may impair the healing
- You are a Non-smoker or can abstain from smoking for at least three weeks before and after the surgery
- You have a positive outlook, with a clear and realistic vision of what you want the procedure do for you
- You are willing to keep up with a healthy lifestyle to keep the results of your procedure last long.
- You want a youthful appearance
- You are satisfied with the results you see on 3D simulation during your consultation.
- You have a weak chin or profile
Surgical contouring treatments
An incision is made inside the lower lip or an external incision in the skin under the chin. The doctor lifts the chin bone tissue by making a hole for the implant, which is usually about two inches wide. The implant is positioned in place and sutured. This method usually takes between 30 minutes to an hour.
An incision is made inside the upper lip. If you also plan to have a facelift or forehead lift, your doctor will usually use an external incision to perform this procedure. The implant is placed between the cheek tissue and the cheekbone and sutured to the site. This procedure usually takes an hour.
The incision is made inside the mouth and along the mandible, and the implant is placed directly on the mandible and under the tissue. This procedure usually takes between one and two hours. Because facial implants are usually placed inside the mouth, the gums and mouth must be healthy.
Do not use cosmetics after face contouring (For women) - a week
No shaving of the face after the face contouring (For men) - three weeks
Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking - at least a week
Avoid sleeping on your back for at least a week
Do not use the pool, sauna. For three weeks
Avoid exercise and strenuous activity and high blood pressure - two weeks
Avoid raising body temperature for two weeks
Eliminate strenuous activities from your life routine for two to three weeks
Report to your surgeon if you have any unusual symptoms - up to one month
The risks and complications associated with face contouring surgery depend on the kind of surgery you’ll be getting. This is why you should discuss this in detail with your surgeon. Some common, temporary side effects generally include swelling, bruising, pain, and itching. Bleeding, infection and numbness are also a risk.
In some surgeries, there’s also a risk of damage to the nerves, it can vary depending on the patient and the surgery. Your surgeon will discuss all details during your consultation session.