Types of Facial Implants
August 15, 2014
Facial balance is an extremely important factor in how we view facial aesthetics. In general, symmetry is thought to make the face appear more attractive. Sometimes, facial balance does not come naturally, and many people are dissatisfied with the shape and proportions of their face. Plastic surgery is extremely sophisticated these days, with highly customizable procedures to suit every need. One method for improving facial contour and balance is with facial implants, a popular facial surgery option offering great results to eligible patients.
Most Popular Facial Implants
Facial implants have been gaining in popularity, due to the aesthetic benefits they offer and the fairly non-invasive surgery required to place them. Here is a brief rundown of the two most popular facial implants: chin and cheek.
Chin implants have become very popular in the last few years. Chin implants can add balance to the face by making the chin more proportional to other facial features. Some people feel that their chin is "weak" or underprojected, and a chin implant can make the chin more prominent. Chin implant surgery is often combined with cosmetic nasal surgery (rhinoplasty) to promote facial harmony.
Cheek implants can be used for a number of purposes. They can augment the cheeks, creating more fullness in the area, which can be useful for patients who feel their face is too thin or gaunt-looking. Cheek implants can also improve facial contours and create the illusion of higher, more prominent cheekbones.
Today, facial implant surgeries are generally quick and safe procedures that do not require the use of general anesthesia, although this can be administered if the patient desires.
Chin implants can be placed in a standalone surgery, but are often inserted during rhinoplasty surgery, to help balance out the facial proportions. A chin implant involves an incision made inside the mouth or under the chin, with the implant placed just in front of the jawbone.
Cheek implants are inserted through incisions made inside the mouth or below the eyes. They are placed between the cheek bones and soft facial tissues.
Recovery from chin and cheek implant procedures is fairly straightforward. The surgeries will result in swelling and bruising in the area, which will take a few weeks to resolve. Final results can be seen a few months after the procedure, after all swelling has subsided. Chin and cheek implants look and feel very natural, and most patients find they have more confidence and self-esteem following the recovery period.
Are You a Good Candidate?
The best candidates for facial implants are:
- In general good health
- Fairly young with good skin elasticity
The only way to know for sure if you are a candidate for facial implants, however, is to get assessed by a facial plastic surgeon. It's important to be honest and answer all questions accurately to avoid risking your safety or results.
Find a Reputable Surgeon
The best way to find out which procedure(s) are right for you is to speak with a highly skilled and experienced surgeon. Be careful when selecting your surgeon, as your results will depend greatly on the artistry, experience, and knowledge of your provider. If you would like to speak with a reputable, board certified facial plastic surgeon in the Dearborn or Birmingham areas, come to Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery and speak with expert surgeon Dr. Haitham Masri. Dr. Masri is Michigan's first board certified plastic surgeon, with over 25 years of experience in giving patients beautiful, natural results. Call 866-487-3223 today to schedule your complimentary consultation.