The insertion of prejowl implants is a cosmetic procedure to correct the small “dent” that appears near the sides of the chin as a result of sagging jowls. Sagging jowls not only affect the jaw line but they create a bulge in the jaw line that looks like a small “dent” just between the jowl and the chin. Although a face lift can correct the sagging jowl to smooth out the jaw line, this can be much more effective if a prejowl implant is inserted underneath the tissues to simultaneously push out the hollow that was created by the sagging jowls. This does not create a different chin but instead smoothes out the jaw line. This procedure is a permanent alternative to getting a filler such as Radiesse or Perlane in the prejowl area.
Prejowl implant surgery can be performed on any healthy adult with the problems mentioned above. Your surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits of prejowl implant surgery at your consultation to confirm that this particular implant is the best course of action for your needs.
How the Procedure is Performed
Prejowl implant procedures are performed under either IV sedation and local anesthesia or general anesthesia in our Boca Raton accredited in-office surgery suite on an outpatient basis. If performed during another facial cosmetic procedure, such as a face lift, it will be done under general anesthesia. During the procedure, an incision is placed underneath the chin, behind the crease. Once inserted, the implant is stabilized with a tiny titanium screw and the tissues and skin sutured after the skin has been redraped around the new framework. The procedure takes about 90 minutes if no other procedure is being performed.
What to Expect During Recovery
After a prejowl implant procedure, recovery time is very brief but may be slightly longer if additional procedures were done at the same time, such as a face lift. You will experience some swelling and bruising which can be relieved with pain medication and ice packs. Most patients are back to full activity within 2-4 days, though you will wear a chin strap 24 hours a day for about a week. You will be most comfortable if you eat a soft diet during this recovery time. When you leave our office after the procedure, your follow-up appointment will be set within 4-5 days at which time the sutures will be removed. You should avoid strenuous physical activity for about a month after your procedure and avoid any contact sports or other activities that might cause trauma to the implant.