How Facial Implants Can Enhance Your Appearance

Enhancing one’s appearance and wanting to look one’s best is not a matter of vanity. Your face is a reflection of who you are and influences how others perceive you. Being confident of how you look increases your self-esteem and adds to the quality of your life. There are three components that define your face: skin, subcutaneous soft tissue and bones. When the bone structure is disproportionate to an undefined jaw, flat cheeks or a recessed chin, the face itself is out of proportion and loses its symmetry.

Facial implants are used to redefine the structure of the face and give it the proportions that make it more balanced and attractive. While there are many procedures for enhancing your appearance with facial transplants, those that correct the shape of the jaw, chin and cheeks are the most common. Dr. Colin Hong is a Toronto plastic surgeon with a reputation for excellence in enhancing your appearance with facial implants.

Toronto Facial Implants

Facial implants are made from a variety of materials, the most common of which is solid silicone. High density porous polyethylene and expanded polytetrafluoroethylene are also frequently used. During the consultation process in Toronto, Dr. Colin Hong determines which implant is the most suitable and offers the best results for enhancing your appearance with facial implants. Facial implants for cosmetic purposes are generally performed after adolescence when the head has reached physical maturity. You are considered a good candidate for enhancing your appearance with facial implants if you are in good health, do not smoke or use recreational drugs, and have a definite goal in mind when you opt for facial implant surgery.

The procedure for all facial implants is similar. The surgeon begins by making an incision in the part of the face where the implant is to be inserted. This is usually done in a crease of the skin or from inside the mouth. A pocket of the appropriate size is then created under the skin and the implant is placed in it. Once the implant is in place, the incision is closed. The procedure normally takes under two hours and is performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Bandages or tape are used to cover the incision, and any non-dissolving sutures that were used are removed after about ten days.

Recovery Process

The surgery for enhancing your appearance with facial implants is an outpatient procedure, so you can return home soon after the surgery. There is the normal post-surgery bruising and swelling on the part of the face where the surgery was performed, which may take several months to fully fade. There is also some pain and discomfort which is controlled by the prescribed painkillers. Some facial movements may initially be restricted, and these are common conditions. Normal post-surgical precautions to prevent any infections have to be observed. While a return to work and normal activities in Toronto are possible within one week, strenuous activity or anything that will place pressure on the new implant must be avoided for four to six weeks.


Dr. Hong has had a distinguished career performing ear surgery, rhinoplastyfacelift and eyelid surgery in Toronto. He has also helped hundreds of Toronto facial implants patients achieve their goals of enhanced facial profiles. The following pages will explain more about these procedures.

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