Facial implants are helpful tools used to balance the symmetry of the face or to create stronger features. Facial implants can produce a more contoured, and visually striking face and can be placed in the chin, jaw, or cheek. They can be used to strengthen a jaw line or bring the chin and cheekbones into a more enhanced relationship with the rest of one’s facial features. The overall result is a subtle difference which provides a more harmonious balance to your features so that you feel better about the way you look.
There are a variety of cheek (malar bone) implants, each unique to the area they address. Commonly referred to a “cheek implants,” the placement on the highest point of the malar bone will enhance the cheek’s projection. Other implants can add volume to a sunken cheek by being placed in the hollow (submalar area) below the cheek bone. Still other cheek implants are designed to add volume in the area under the eye by filling in the tear trough. Orbital rim and tear trough implants can be used to enhance this area as well.
Traditionally, chin implants add projection to a weakly defined chin, while jaw implants are designed to fill in the depression in front of the jowl. A consultation with Dr. Compton will help you determine which implant is right for you.
Facial implants are manufactured in a variety of materials from porous to solid. Most implants are composed of silicone (solid, not gel) or Gore-Tex (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene-ePTFE) which have a small pore size and are well tolerated by the body. Some larger implants do exist, however they tend to be more porous and have more fibrous tissue in-growth. These are usually used for specific reconstruction cases.
Depending on the implant, they can be inserted during an in-office procedure or may require outpatient surgery. Implants are carefully placed and then anchored with either permanent sutures or screws depending on the type used and location being enhanced. As the implant site heals, it become permanently settled into a formed surrounding pocket and rarely moves, unless it’s dislodged by trauma. Sutures are used most commonly to hold the implant in place for six weeks while that surrounding pocket is forming.
Implants procedures can be done with a local anesthetic or under general anesthesia depending on whether it’s performed at a doctor’s office or an outpatient surgery center. Implants insertions can also combined with rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, or other enhancement procedures.
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"I can't believe the difference the chin implant makes in improving the shape of my lower jaw and entire face. It's already become part of me and I often forget it's even there."