Facial implants include a variety of procedures designed to augment (enhance) or reshape your facial appearance. The most common procedures involve recontouring the chin and cheek regions to provide better balance and definition to the overall facial appearance.
A chin implant (mentoplasty) is an operation to augment or reshape an underdeveloped or “weak” chin. Some patients have an obvious abnormality while others present with a more subtle deformity. A weak chin oftentimes exaggerates the appearance of a large nose or a short neckline. In males, this may lead to a false perception of timidness or weakness. A chin implant is performed using a small, well-concealed incision underneath the chin. Some patients undergo augmentation as an isolated procedure simply to enhance the chin contour and appearance. Others undergo chin implant surgery in conjunction with other facial surgery (such as rhinoplasty) as a “finishing touch.” Surgery is done on an outpatient basis and takes approximately 1-2 hours. Recovery is complete by 1-2 weeks.
Cheek, or malar, implants are placed to help enhance and balance the shape of the mid-facial region. Some patients are simply born with cheeks that are “flattened” in appearance. This is often a reflection of the underlying bony contour (facial skeleton) and not the soft tissue or fat pad sitting within the cheek. Unfortunately, this contributes to a hollowed look with overall poor facial definition. When this is the case, cheek implants are an excellent option to provide more fullness to the cheek region while maintaining a natural look. Oftentimes this results in dramatic improvements in definition with much better overall facial balance. The surgery is performed without any external incisions. The implants are custom-fitted to your facial features to provide enhanced cheek projection (contour). Surgery is done on an outpatient basis and takes approximately 2 hours. Recovery is usually complete by 2 weeks.
If you are looking to refine your overall facial appearance, a facial implant may be all you need. Facial implants are a safe, straightforward surgical alternative that can result in dramatic, natural-appearing improvements.