Enhancing your appearance with facial implants
The appearance of your face is determined by three basic components: skin, soft tissues and underlying facial bones. If the structure of your face is disproportionate — the chin is recessed, the jaw undefined, or the malar eminences flattened— it can significantly affect your self image.
Defined facial features, visible contours and natural angles that are proportionate all create structural balance in your face and a more attractive appearance.
Facial implants bring balance and better proportion to the structural appearance of your face. They define your face by increasing projection and creating more distinct features.
If you are bothered by a small chin, weak jaw or lack of facial contour, plastic surgery with facial implants may benefit you.
Is it right for me?
Plastic surgery with facial implants is best performed on people whose head and skull have reached physical maturity, which generally occurs in late adolescence. This procedure is a good option for you if:
Types of Implants
Chin Implants are used for weak chins where oral occlussion is satisfactory. A guideline for choosing an implant is a vertical line drawn from the most projecting part of the lip. The chin projection should match this line. For a chin implant, the incision may be inside your mouth, or just beneath the chin
Angle of the Jaw Implant
A wider mandibular width at the angle of the mandible results in strong appearance of the lower jaw that helps masculinze a face.
These implants are generally placed through the mouth with incisions inside the mouth, further back along the jawline, at the crease where the inside of your cheek and gums meet.
In patients with a lack of projection of their malar eminence, also termed a negative vector, adding an implant to the anterior malar region helps give a young appearance to the face.
Cheek implants are most often placed through incisions in the mouth. When performed with other procedures, alternate incisions may be recommended including placement through an incision inside the lower eyelid or one within the hairline.
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
See the results
While the initial outcome of plastic surgery with facial implants is noticeable almost immediately, it will be obscured by visible swelling. It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate.
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