Cheek & Chin Implants
Facial Implants Can be Important
Elements for Achieving the "Right" Result
Prominent cheekbones. Smooth and defined
necklines. And for men, clean, rugged jaw lines. These are
all very attainable through plastic surgery. However, one
may have to look beyond the obvious, such as the face
lift or liposuction,
for the best solution.
When a patient wants more contoured
cheekbones and more definition in her neckline, the surgeon
can often achieve those results with a face lift, in which
we lift and reposition the skin and underlying muscle. However,
if the patient's imperfection lies in her skeletal structure,
a face lift alone will not correct the problem.
Another example is of a patient who
is unhappy with his profile and nose shape. Yes, a rhinoplasty
might correct the imperfection. But, again, the person's nose
might look too large because his chin is too small in relation
to his nose.
In these and many other cases,
facial implants help plastic surgeons achieve desired effects.
How Facial Implants are Done
To insert a facial implant, the surgeon
makes a small, hidden incision, lifts the skin and carefully
places the implant between the skin and bone. The procedure
can be performed simultaneously with a face lift, rhinoplasty
or liposuction around the neck. Patients can usually go home
about two to three hours after the procedure, and can resume
normal exercising in about two weeks. The results are permanent.
While facial implants can be made of
natural materials, coming from one's own body, they are usually
constructed of solid silicone or porous materials, such as
coral or plastic blends. Dr.
Korpeck often uses the silicone facial implants. Unlike
the liquid form silicone found in some breast implants, solid
silicone does not migrate into the body. Joint prostheses,
heart valves, and many other implantable devices and commonly
used devices are made from solid silicone.
The body will form a light layer of
scar tissue over the implant. In rare cases, the scar tissue
makes the implant feel unnaturally hard, although this is
very unusual in the face when compared with silicone gel filled
Today's implants are anatomically designed
to fit the facial skeleton. In the past, some facial implant
surgery resulted in a false look, but because today's implants
are customized, they instead give a subtle, natural look.
Doctors today also have flexibility in the size of the facial
implant, depending on how pronounced an effect the patient
Ideal candidates for facial implants
are in their 20s or older--it's best to wait until the facial
skeleton is fully grown and formed--and they must have healthy
gums, teeth, and sinuses, to lessen the chance of infection.
Other Facial Augmentation
There are other alternatives
for enhancing facial augmentation, as well. For instance,
multiple fat injections are sometimes
used to make cheekbones look more prominent. The advantage
is that the fat is taken from the patient's own body. The
disadvantages are that some of the fat dies after being injected,
and several injections may be necessary to achieve the desired
effect. Also, the results may not be permanent. But with good
technique, fat can survive up to five years and longer. The
degree of fat survival is technique dependant. Surgeons may
also elect to perform bone surgery, during which they reposition
the bone to achieve the desired result.
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