What are facial implants? Who is a candidate for facial implants?
We have spoken of rejuvenation of the face in terms of restoring the structure of the face to a more youthful state. But what if even as a young person the patient didn’t have a strong enough chin or wanted higher cheekbones? In these cases one can use facial implants to add volume to an area that lacks it, and give the face a more balanced look. The impact of a well-placed implant can be dramatic. For example, a person with a weak chin will have improved overall features with a chin implant, as it will be in better harmony with the overall facial structure.
What are the common areas of the face to get facial implants?
What are facial implants made of?
We use two types of implants: silicon and porex. Solid silicon implants have a long track record. None of the complaints related to breast implants have been tied to facial implants. Because they are solid, they do not leak. Porex implants, as the name implies, are porous like a sponge, but solid to the touch. Each have their advantages and disadvantages, and the patient should seek information from the surgeon as to which might be best suited for them. Implants also come in various sizes and shapes. This makes it possible to fine tune the type of ‘look’ you wish to achieve. For example, in the chin, it may be possible to get a more ‘angular look’ to the whole face by using a wider chin implant.
What is involved in facial implant surgery?
Implant procedures are very well tolerated and can be done under twilight anesthesia. Incisions are well hidden. Recovery is in a matter of days and is relatively painless.
Can I get the facial implants at the same time as my facelift surgery?
Yes, it is very common to combine the two procedures. Specific examples of combination procedures include: a midface lift with a cheek implant , or a chin implant with a necklift, will not only make a person look younger, but will improve the facial structure.