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PREPARING FOR SURGERY

Who Is a Candidate?

Plastic surgery with facial implants is best performed on people who have reached physical maturity, which generally occurs in late adolescence.

This procedure is a good option for you if:

  • You are physically healthy
  • You don't smoke
  • You have a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for improvement of facial contours

Because every case is unique, the only way to accurately determine which procedure is best for you is to consult with Dr. Alexander.

For more information about our facial implant procedure, please contact us online or call us at We look forward to helping you look your best.

PREPARING FOR SURGERY

Prior to surgery, we will have you:

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery

During a preoperative appointment, usually 1-2 weeks before surgery, we will:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Tell you what to do on the night before and morning of surgery
  • Discuss the use of anesthesia during your procedure
  • Explain post-operative care and follow-up, and what help you will need after the procedure

INFORMED CONSENT

Pain from facial implant surgery is usually minimal. Pain pills are provided, but are usually not required after a couple of days. Significant pain is extremely rare and may be the sign of a serious complication, so your physician should be notified.

Important facts about the safety and risks of facial implant surgery

The decision to have facial implant surgery is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.

We will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks and potential complications.

Some of the risks include:

  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Change in skin sensation
  • Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs can occur and may be temporary or permanent
  • Allergies to tape, suture materials and glues, blood products, topical preparations or injected agents
  • Excessive scar tissue formation
  • Firmness around the implant
  • Shifting of implants and pressure on surrounding structures
  • Skin contour irregularities
  • Skin discoloration and swelling
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Pain, which may be persistent
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Anesthesia risks

COST

A quote will be provided to you after your consult with Dr. Alexander. Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery, but remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery. We offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Costs include:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Operating Room and Supplies
  • Implant costs
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Medical tests

Most health insurance plans will not cover facial implant surgery, related complications or another surgery to revise the appearance of your face. You must carefully review your health insurance policy.

IMPORTANT TERMS TO KNOW

Anesthesia—General: The patient is asleep, requiring that the airway be protected, either by a standard breathing tube, or by a laryngeal mask (LMA), an inflatable mask that goes in the back of the throat but doesn’t go down the trachea. Through the airway, an anesthesiologist gives gases to put the patient asleep. Drugs may also be given through the IV.

Anesthesia—Local: The surgical area is numbed up with an injection, but the patient is awake. Sometimes a patient will be given an oral medication, like Valium, to help with relaxation.

Anesthesia— Sedation (Twilight): The patient is made sleepy with medications given through an IV. The level of sedation can be adjusted, from barely sleepy to very sleepy. Sometimes sedation is given by the surgeon, but most of the time it is administered by an M.D. anesthesiologist.

Biocompatible Materials: Synthetic or natural material used in facial implants and designed to function along with living tissue.

External Incisions: Surgical incisions made on the surface of your skin.

Intraoral Incisions: Surgical incisions made inside the mouth.






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