Facial implants enhance the structure of the chin, jaw, and cheeks and bring balance to the appearance of the face. Facial implants offer a three-dimensional, long-term way to restore volume in the lower face and can be inserted or removed with minimally invasive surgery.
Implants are specially designed solid materials that are compatible with human tissues. If you are unhappy about a small chin, weak jaw, or lack of facial contour, facial implants may benefit you. They are designed to enhance or augment the physical structure of your face. Structural fat grafting is another way of augmenting your facial structure.
Facial implants can be used anywhere on the face, but they are most often used for jaw, cheek, or chin augmentation procedures, creating a symmetrical, harmonious, and balanced appearance.
Cheek implants increase the projection of the cheekbones and add volume to areas that may be recessed or flat. Cheek augmentation is performed using a technique that uses fat grafts from your body fat for precise structural alterations that provide a natural-looking result.
Once the structural fat grafts are introduced into the mid-face area, it is re-contoured. The "apple" of the cheek is made fuller, giving the face a more balanced, fresh, and youthful appearance.
When evaluating for facial harmony and balance, the face is looked at in profile. In most cases, the relationship between the nose and chin can determine the balance of the facial structure.
A relatively prominent nose can cause the chin to look “weak” and vice-versa. In the case of a small chin and an over-projected nose, implants may be recommended for patients considering rhinoplasty.
Chin augmentation is performed using a chin implant, which is inserted through a small incision in the natural skin crease under the chin or on the inside of the mouth.
These implants are uniquely constructed and customized to each patient's face. They can be made in different sizes and shapes to provide vertical, horizontal, or square widths that may extend back along the jawline.
Dr. Greco prefers to use medical-grade silicone material for implants placed under the tissues of the chin. The material is eventually incorporated into the body's tissues as the healing process occurs. The patient's tissues will heal over the implant to create a newly augmented surface that is more proportionate with the rest of the face.
Chin implantation may also help with a “double chin” appearance, especially for patients undergoing a neck lift or liposuction of the neck.
Lip augmentation offers a solution for naturally thin lips or age-related thinning and receding. Since solid material implants cannot mimic the natural flexibility and softness of lips, softer options are more successful for lip implants. This is usually achieved through fat grafts or SMAS implants (tissue obtained during a facelift).
The surgeon may perform lip reshaping during the implant procedure to create a more youthful look for the face.
As is the case with most facial surgeries, two weeks is recommended for recovery. There may be swelling or bruising for a few weeks caused by the implant placement. This is a very normal reaction after surgery.
Swelling and bruising will subside as the body heals over the two weeks. You may also experience some tightness and numbness at the site of the implant. This, too, will improve along with the swelling.
In case of discomfort or pain, oral medications can be prescribed. We also offer additional services, such as Vbeam Perfecta, for surgical patients to aid recovery.
During your consultation, Dr. Greco and his staff will discuss these potential risks as well as ways to minimize them as much as possible. Risks related to facial implants can include:
- Prolonged numbness
- Implant malposition
Dr. Timothy Greco is Philadelphia’s leading facial plastic surgeon, skilled at all types of cosmetic procedures that help counter the effects of aging. He is double board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery (ABOto).
Dr. Greco focuses solely on plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head, and neck at his in-office, state-certified aesthetic surgical center. If you're looking for a younger, fresher appearance customized to your facial structure, Dr. Greco can help!
Get in touch today to schedule a consultation with Philadelphia’s leading facial plastic surgeon. For appointments, call (610) 664-8830 or check the doctor’s schedule online.