James L. Pertsch, MD
Facial Procedures

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Facial Implants

 

Men and women who wish to enhance their facial features may turn to this procedure. Facial implants can enhance your image as well as your self-esteem. They can help bring balance to the features of your face. These implants can bring the chin or cheekbones into balance or help define your chin. Others may use facial implants as a cosmetic enhancement to help bring a more youthful appearance to their aged face. Facial implant surgery can be performed alone, or in conjunction with a normal face lift.

 

During facial implant surgery, Dr. Pertsch may use local or general anesthesia, depending on the severity of the surgery. Some patients who visit the Mountain View or San Mateo office may wish to combine their facial implants with other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.

 

The following is a brief description of the various facial implant procedures available. Each of these implants, in their own way, can bring your facial features into balance. During your consultation, the doctor can examine your current facial features and determine which implants will best serve your needs.

 

Chin Augmentation

 

Chin implant surgery may take 30 minutes to an hour. Your doctor will decide on the proper implant size, and insert it into a pocket over the front of the jawbone. The incision may be placed on the inside of your mouth, or in the skin just under the chin. Your sutures will be removed within five to seven days. Some swelling and discomfort may be present, and you may find it difficult to smile or talk.

 

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Chin Augmentation

DESCRIPTION:
Chin Augmentation: 31 year old male seeking improved profile: chin augmentation with silastic anatomical implant placed via incision hidden inside the mouth. Also: liposuction under his chin and neck.

Cheek Augmentation

 

Cheek implant surgery may take 35 to 45 minutes. If a cheek implant is being done in conjunction with another type of face lift procedure, the same incisions may be used; otherwise a small incision may be made inside your upper lip, or under your lower eyelid. Following surgery, your doctor will inform you of any dietary restrictions, as well as limitations. The ability to move your mouth and lips may be difficult for a few days.

 

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Cheek (Malar) Augmentation

DESCRIPTION:
36 year old wished to reduce appearance of long, thin face. 5 foot 7 inch tall 160 lb. man underwent malar and submalar augmentation using Implantech Malar Shell size large via intraoral approach (incision just above the gum line inside the mouth). Patient had no recollection of surgery after IV local anesthetic technique by Dr. Pertsch. Post op photos taken 1 year and 11 months after surgery (patient had Dr. Pertsch touch-up another surgeon's rhinoplasty 1 year before these pictures were taken).

Lower Jaw Implants

 

Lower jaw implants usually take between one and two hours. Incisions are made inside the lower lip, and dissolving sutures are used. After your surgery, swelling may peak at 24 to 48 hours. Prolonged swelling may occur for several months. Your doctor will inform you of any dietary and exercise restrictions.

 

The best way to determine which facial implant procedure(s) is right for you is by making an appointment at Dr. Pertsch’s San Mateo or Mountain View offices. You can further discuss your ideal outcome and options available.

 

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