What are facial implants?
Facial implants are solid-gel like material that are used to augment the face. Although facial implants can be used to enhance many areas of the face, the most common locations are the cheek, chin, and nose. There are many materials used to make these implants, but the more common ones include silicone or Gore-tex.
Facial Implants vs. Facial Fillers? How Do I Decide?
It is wise to always have our surgeons perform an evaluation and collectively, you and our surgeons will decide which option is more suitable for you.
- generally is permanent unless removed by the surgeon
- able to fill a bigger volume or void such as modifying a weaker chin
- involves having a scar (that is well hidden)
- generally no allergies unless the patient is allergic to silicone and its byproducts
- great for facial asymmetries
- surgical procedure is done on an outpatient basis and will need a few days of downtime because of pain and swelling
- shifting or settling of the implant may occur, requiring more surgeries for correction
- may become infected, requiring removal
- lasts anywhere from 6 months to 2 years depending on the materials used, unless if silicone is used, which is permanent
- used to augment areas requiring little volumes, such as a deep wrinkle line
- little to no scarring
- different filler materials have different active ingredients, so a true severe allergy is more likely
- great for mild “plumping” of cheeks, lips, or anywhere on the face
- can easily be done during the lunch hour without any downtime
- little chance of shifting or settling of filler materials
- small “touch-ups” are easy to achieve
- infections can occur but generally only require oral or topical antibiotics
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Types of Facial Implants
Most nasal implants are used to enhance the projection of the nose — either to have a pointier tip or increase the height of the nasal bridge.
Rounded cheekbones generally signify a youthful-looking face.
With the normal progression of aging, the soft tissue just below the lower eyelids will sag and show some atrophy of the tissue. Cheek implants help add volume back to this area.
Some people are born with less prominent cheekbones. Cheek implants are a great way to increase the volume in this area.
In today’s society, a well-structured chin may signify more confidence and can be an attractive feature, with chin implants.
What is the “downtime?”
All facial implant procedures are performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you can come for the surgery and go home the same day!
Most people are fine to resume school or work the next day, although their faces will have varying degrees of bruising, pain, and swelling. Patients will generally have swelling in the implant area for approximately one week. Many people will develop bruising in the implant area as well. In general pain is well-controlled with prescriptive pain pills.