Facial Implants are used to improve facial structure in the cheeks, chin, nose and jaw. The goal is to create proportion and balance and sometimes in order to achieve this Dr Milovic will recommend a facial implant procedure to complement a Rhinoplasty or Otoplasty. Implants may be made of human tissue or synthetic materials such as silicone or polythene.

  • Is it right for me?

    Facial implants are a very personal decision and you should have realistic goals and expectations before undergoing surgery. Dr Vlad will discuss these with you during your initial consultation and discuss how Facial Implants could achieve an improvement and meet your goals and expectations. If you are in good health and you are a non-smoker (or you are prepared to give up smoking for at least 6 weeks prior and after surgery) you may be a suitable candidate for Facial Implant surgery.

    Some common areas where implants are inserted include the cheeks, chin and lower jaw. For example, cheek implants can make the cheeks look larger, higher or fuller. Chin implants are usually chosen for people who think their chin looks too small. A patient undergoing nose surgery may also elect to undergo chin surgery at the same time to achieve a more harmonious facial balance. Jaw implants are commonly inserted to give the jaw line a more defined appearance.

  • Will I need anaesthesia?

    Facial Implant surgery is generally done as a day procedure under general anaesthesia.

    Modern anaesthesia is safe and effective, but does have some risks.   Ask Dr Vlad and your Anaesthetist for more information.  You can be assured that Dr Vlad will engage the services of a qualified Anaesthetist who is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) to perform your sedation or general anaesthesia.

    Dr Vlad and/or anaesthetist will ask you about all the medications you are taking or have taken, and any allergies you may have. Please make sure you have an up-to-date list before the surgery.

  • Will I have scarring?

    Scars are an inevitable part of any invasive surgery. With facial implants, the scars are well camouflaged.   The majority of facial implants are placed through the mouth area, so that scarring is not visible.  Dr Vlad will endeavour to minimise scarring and to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible by locating the incisions in easily hidden sites. If you are prone to scarring, or have poor healing inside your mouth area, you should advise Dr Vlad.

  • Where will the surgery take place?

    Depending upon your general health and the extent of the procedure, Face Implant surgery is typically performed as a day procedure or alternatively with an overnight hospital stay. Dr Vlad will only perform your Face Implant surgery in safe, accredited operating facilities. You can read more here.

  • What is the recovery period after Face Implant Surgery?

    The recovery period for Face Implant surgery will vary from patient to patient but generally you will not be able to work for at least 7 days post-surgery. Light exercise may be resumed within a few days but strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least 3-4 weeks. You will be given post-surgery instructions to follow and if you have any questions, please speak to Dr Vlad and/or his Practice Nurse.

  • What are the costs?

    Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery, but it should not be the only consideration. You have the right to be informed about the costs you can expect, before you have your surgery.  This is called ‘informed financial consent’.

    Costs associated with the procedure may include:

    • Dr Vlad’s surgical  fee
    • Accredited hospital or surgical facility costs
    • Anaesthesia fees
    • Prescriptions for medication
    • Post-surgery garments
    • Medical tests

    After your initial consultation with Dr Vlad, you will receive a written estimate of fees and an information pack to read before your second pre-surgery appointment.  The second appointment is free of charge.   Once you book your surgery, you will also see our Practice Nurse who will take your pre-operative photos.

    We welcome any questions you may have regarding fees.

    Please note: Your satisfaction involves more than a fee.  When choosing a surgeon for cosmetic facial surgery, remember that factors such as the surgeon’s training, qualifications, experience and your comfort with him/ her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.