Genetics, trauma, and disease can all contribute to a lack of facial contour. Luckily, plastic surgery affords us modern ways to add volume to areas that will create normalcy and an attractive overall look. Dermal injections can be administered to sculpt areas of the face, creating minimal changes throughout. However, for more dramatic results, facial implants are the more superior option.
Altering Various Areas of the Face
Facial implants can be secured to the nose, cheeks, chin, and jaw to restructure these areas. The implants can be made from varying materials, such as semisoft silicone, Gore-Tex, or acrylic. The materials used will depend on the doctor’s preference and the option most suited to the patient’s own needs.
Facial Implant Material
Silicone is the softest of the available material options. The surgeon may create ridges in the implant to help it stay in place, as it can be prone to movement until the body heals around the implant. Silicone is safe to use in the body, but will likely cause temporary inflammation or other minor reactions. Silicone is the most common material implanted during cheek augmentation.
Gore-Tex, a form of Teflon, is created in a way that promotes the integration with the natural tissues of the body once implanted. The porous material is flexible and lightweight, and tends to move under this skin less than silicone implants. Because of its thickness, Gore-Tex implants typically produce less dramatic results than other implant options.
Acrylic implants are not heavy, though very strong and hard to the touch. The material mimics the feel of bone once inserted under the skin. Though implants can later be removed if requested, acrylic tends to form a strong bond to the facial bones, and is especially difficult to remove. Patients do not report sensitivity to acrylic in the way silicone can cause initial discomfort.
A Dual Procedure
During a facial implant procedure, it is not uncommon to pair the surgery with another facial cosmetic procedure. A chin implant may be coupled with a facelift, since the tissues can diminish around the face somewhat uniformly. A nasal implant is typically inserted during rhinoplasty, where the material is added to the bridge or end of the nose. Rhinoplasty may also be performed alongside chin implant surgery, called profileplasty, to add balance to the face from both front and side views. Jaw implant surgery to add fullness to the lower face may be performed alongside a neck lift or liposuction of the surrounding areas.
Dr. Rubinstein, a Hudson Valley facial plastic surgeon for over 14 years, is an expert in surgeries of the nose and face. The doctor performs procedures with precision and skill to ensure the patient satisfaction in both the aesthetics and the efficacy of facial features. Dr. Rubinstein is dual board-certified through the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. When not attending to patients, the doctor is an Assistant Professor at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
During doctor-patient consultations at the Ran Y. Rubinstein, M.D. Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, PC Hudson Valley office, patients can enjoy the 3D visual experience of the Canfield VECTRA imaging system. Call the doctor today at (845) 863-1772 to learn more about facial implants and other facial plastic surgeries. The unique consultations allow patients to learn how they may look post-surgery from multiple angles.