What to Expect
Reshaping the Chin
Recovery from Jaw Surgery
Uncertainty and Risk from Facial Implant Surgery
Sometimes a facial implant will shift slightly after the Dr. Leonard completes the procedure. In this case, he will need to perform a second operation to move the implant back to the proper position or alignment. Implants are made out of several types of materials including solid silicone. There is no scientific evidence showing that solid silicone is harmful to humans, but Dr. Leonard can discuss any concerns you may have.
It is always a good idea to write out any questions that occur to you before your appointment so that you remember to ask about every concern that you have. If questions arise after your appointment, call our office. It is important that you are aware of any potential risks, no matter how small, and comfortable with the steps Dr. Leonard takes to prevent problems before they occur. If something does go wrong, you can be confident that Dr. Leonard will find the best solution for your situation.
Preparing for Your First Appointment
Prepare a list of questions. Several thoughts and questions will probably come to your mind before your first meeting with Dr. Leonard. Take the time to jot these down as they occur. It’s very easy to forget something if you don’t have it written down. Dr. Leonard will help you understand what enhancements he can make and what to expect after your procedure. He will also discuss the financial details of the procedure.
Preparing for Your Surgery
Dr. Leonard will give you a list of tasks to complete before your procedure. You may need to arrange for someone to drive you home. In some cases, you will not be allowed to eat or drink several hours before your surgery. Dr. Leonard may prescribe oral antibiotics to take before and after the surgery to protect you against infections. Every situation is unique and Dr. Leonard will give you a customized and detailed list of things to do. Ask questions about anything you are unsure about. If something goes wrong, such as absent-mindedly taking a drink of orange juice before you remember you are supposed to be fasting, tell Dr. Leonard when you arrive for the procedure.
Where Your Surgery Will Take Place
In most situations, Dr. Leonard will recommend a general anesthesia.
Your New Look
Your New Look
You may not be able to accurately evaluate your appearance for weeks, or perhaps even months. Give yourself plenty of time to get used to your new look.
You may be surprised to find that most people won’t recognize that you’ve had facial implant surgery – only that you look better.