How do I prepare for facial implants?
Your surgeon will provide thorough preoperative instructions, answer any questions you may have before your surgery, take a detailed medical history, and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for surgery.
In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:
- Stop smoking before undergoing surgery to promote better healing.
- Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding.
- Hydrate before and after surgery for safe recovery.
Facial implants are usually an outpatient procedure. You’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you at least the first night following surgery.
What can I expect the day of my facial implant procedure?
Be sure to consult with your surgeon before your surgery so you have the most accurate expectations.
- You may have your facial implants procedure in an accredited hospital, free-standing ambulatory facility, or office-based surgical suite.
- Facial implants typically take thirty minutes to two hours to complete but may take longer.
- The surgeon will administer medications for your comfort during the procedure.
- General anesthesia is common for facial implants. In some instances, the surgeon will use local anesthesia or intravenous sedation too.
- For your safety during the surgery, various monitors will be used to check your heart, blood pressure, pulse, and the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood.
- Your surgeon will follow the surgical plan discussed with you before surgery.
- After your surgery, you will go to a recovery area for continued monitoring.
- Your surgeon may place a support or compression garment over your face.