Provide balance and harmony to your look.
All of your facial features should work together to provide balance and harmony to your look. Unfortunately, many people are either born with or develop facial features that are underdeveloped or out of proportion with the rest of their face. If this is the case, facial implants can restore facial harmony and balance by adding definition to the chin, cheeks, and jawline.
Facial Implant Candidates
Candidates for facial implants experience dissatisfaction with the shape and contour of their faces. Candidates are physically healthy, non-smoking individuals who have realistic expectations of their results. Most commonly, facial implants are used to augment the cheek, chin, and jawline.
Facial Implant Procedure
Facial implants are commonly made from silicone. These implants safely and effectively add definition and shape to your face to provide long-lasting results. The ideal techniques for your facial implant surgery will depend on the area being augmented. While some procedures may only require local anesthesia, Dr. Rosen often recommends general anesthesia to ensure a painless surgery.
Chin implants, put in place through a procedure called mentoplasty, can create stunning facial transformations. Designed for patients who have a weak chin or a chin that does not project enough to match the rest of the face, chin implants can improve facial harmony and balance. Dr. Rosen performs mentoplasty as an outpatient procedure. This surgery generally takes about an hour to complete, during which time Dr. Rosen creates a pocket on the bone that the implant is inserted into. The incisions for chin implants are either made inside the mouth or in a crease under the chin to make scars as inconspicuous as possible. Mentoplasty can be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as rhinoplasty, to create a fuller facial transformation.
Cheek implant surgery, known as malar augmentation, can aid patients who have lost facial definition in the cheek area. As you age, you continually lose the facial fat that contributes to a youthful facial contour. Cheek implants can return long-lasting youthfulness to the appearance of your cheeks by inserting implants either on or below the cheekbone. The incision location will vary depending on whether this procedure is combined with another facial surgery, such as a facelift. If a combination procedure is performed, Dr. Rosen will use the incision location of the other procedure for the insertion of your cheek implants. If cheek implants are performed alone, then Dr. Rosen will make an incision inside your upper lip to camouflage the scar.
Jaw implants are inserted to create a stronger and better-defined jawline. In this procedure, Dr. Rosen makes an incision inside the lower lip to create a pocket directly on the jawbone to hold the implant. This procedure takes between one and two hours and uses dissolvable sutures.
For chin implants, the chin may be taped to minimize swelling. For incisions made under the chin, the sutures are removed after five to seven days. If the incision is inside the mouth, dissolving sutures are used instead. You can expect to experience swelling, bruising, and difficulty smiling or talking for about a week. This discomfort is normal and will be remedied with time. For cheek implants, dissolvable sutures are placed inside the mouth. You may experience bruising, swelling, and difficulty moving your mouth and lips. This discomfort generally subsides within a week. For jaw implants, you may experience limited movement of your mouth and lips as well as significant swelling. This swelling typically resolves itself within the first week but can persist for several months. During your consultation, Dr. Rosen and his staff will provide additional information regarding what you can expect following your surgery.
The results of your facial implants will be noticeable as soon as the bruising and swelling subside, and your face will continue to settle in the months following the surgery. Results with facial implants are permanent for the length of time that you have the implants.