Our faces are our most in sight feature and it's appearance has an affect on our personal and professional life. Some individuals may feel unsecure about how their facial features look. This might be as a result of an earlier injury, or just a simple dissatisifed feel about the way they look. Mandibular implant is one of our facial implant procedures that strengthens the jawline giving it a wider and more powerful appearance thus giving the patient a better balanced facial structure. Although this is a procedure that is mostly appealing to male patients due to the stronger and wider chin being a masculine feature it's also applicable to female patients as well.
What is a Mandible Implant?
Mandible implants are made of silicones and shaped like a saddle. Structure and the versatility of the implant makes the implantation process relatively simple and makes it a desirable addition to the tools for skeletal framework reconstruction of the face.
Who Makes a Good Candidate for Mandible Implant Surgery?
Patients who have relatively thin and weak jawline in comparison to their faces and want to have a more balanced look and patient who desire a facial masculanization are good cadidates for mandible implant surgery.
How is the Mandible Implant Surgery Performed?
Mandible implant surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Incision of the implants are done through patient's mouth with implants that have been created to the desired jawline shape. Since it's performed performed through patient's mouth surgery leaves no visual scar outside the skin.
How is the Recovery?
Patients will be experiencing significant swelling 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Level of swelling will be decreased in the following days but it won't dissapear and mild swelling will continue for several weeks or even moths until the full recovery. Patients should not expect to see the final results until the end of the first month or so. During the duration of the healing patients may experience a limited ability to talk, smile or fully move their mouth.
The aim of this article is to give you a general information about the surgical intervention in question. You need to make more research about possible complications and risks of this selected procedure in order to make an informed decision. Please note that complications occur more frequently with patients who are obese, smoke, and have a history or lung or other chronic underlying medical conditions.
Smokers are recognized to have a significantly higher risk of post operative wound healing problems with a subsequently higher potential of infection as well as operative and post operative bleeding. Patients should discontinue smoking for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Although it helps to stop smoking before and after surgery, this does not completely eliminate the increased risks resulting from long term smoking. Smoking also has a long term adverse effect on the skin and ageing process.