Each of Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein’s facial plastic surgeries results in an expert combination of art and science. The doctor’s experience, along with advances in aesthetic medicine, has led to a steady growth of patients in his Hudson Valley, New York practice. One unique procedure the doctor offers are facial implant procedures. Some doctors attempt to add volume to the face solely through dermal fillers, such as Restylane or Sculptra. These are excellent options for some patients, but others require more volume than can be achieved through dermal injections, or prefer a long term aesthetic solution.
What Facial Features Can Benefit from Facial Implants?
Implants can be fixed into place during a number of facial plastic procedures. During rhinoplasty, when the doctor must build up areas of the nose, implants can be utilized. This is common following a traumatic incident, but can also be performed due to genetics. Certain ethnic groups, such as Asian or African American rhinoplasty patients, tend to have lower nasal bridges, and under-projected nasal tips. Implants can be used to help these patients achieve a modified look that may not be otherwise possible. The implants can be fashioned out of the patient’s own bone and cartilage, or may be crafted of synthetic, biocompatible materials.
The cheeks are a popular facial implant modification site. Cheek augmentation (malarplasty) patients may have rounder faces that lack the attractive curves that prominent cheekbones can create. Individuals interested in the benefits of anti-aging medical procedures will also benefit from more voluminous cheekbones. Over time, the underlying tissues dissipate, and overlying skin tends to lose its laxity. These two factors lead to saggy, misplaced cheeks that can distort the overall facial shape. By restoring fullness to the cheeks, patients look and feel younger and more attractive. Implants are sutured into place and are designed to move naturally with regular facial expressions.
Often performed alongside a rhinoplasty surgery, chin augmentation (or mentoplasty) is a great way to transform a face. It can elongate a face that a patient feels is too short, change the bone structure of the lower third of the face, and balance a strong nose. A chin implant can extend a weak chin, creating a more prominent structure.
A jaw augmentation can create similar changes to a chin augmentation, but the results of the implants are more noticeable when viewing the patient from the front, whereas chin implants create more visible alterations when the patient is viewed from a profile angle. Jaw implants, also called mandible implants are more popular in male patients seeking a more defined jawline. This creates a masculine look and can enhance other areas of the face, like the lips, cheekbones, and eyes.
While lip fillers may be more common, some patients opt to undergo lip augmentation through implants. They offer a permanent solution to lip fullness and contours that do not need to be repeated over time. Lip implants can be used in the upper, lower, or both lips.
Other areas of the face can also be modified through a facial implant surgery. The face may have sustained trauma or a genetic defect that affect the structural bones and cartilage of the face. Facial implants can be fashioned to replace areas where the bone has been lost, and create the look of normalcy in patients who maybe have never experienced this.
Facial Implant Materials
As mentioned earlier, facial implants can be created through a patient’s own tissues, like bone and cartilage. This is most common when the doctor is performing a rhinoplasty, and may need to build up the structure of the nose. The doctor may opt to harvest the implant tissues from other areas of the nose, the ears, or even the ribs. A minor initial procedure is required to gain access to these tissues, and can typically be performed early during the rhinoplasty session.
A semisoft silicone implant can be sutured into pockets of the cheeks during a cheek augmentation. This material works well in the midface region because it feels natural with patient facial movements, as well as to others who may touch the patient’s face. Likewise, lip augmentation performed through implants is also commonly performed with this material.
Chin and jaw implants were commonly composed of ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluorothylene), a porous material that promotes bone growth within the implant over time for the most natural and secure structure. The removal of these implants (known on the market as Gore-Tex implants) can be difficult because of this feature. While this material has been popular in the past, it may not be the preferred method of implantation today.
Porous Polyethylene facial implants (known as Medpor implants) are another option during a facial implant surgery. This material is most commonly used in the chin and jaw to create a more structured look in the lower-third of the face. The material does not cause bone reabsorption, and is slightly harder than implants composed of silicone. It mimics the feel of bone, but can still be easily removed following any complications or reversal surgeries.
Schedule a Facial Implant Surgery Today
To learn more about your facial implant options, contact Dr. Rubinstein at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists. The New York facial plastic surgeon can provides patients with treatment options that best suit each’s individual needs. Please contact the office through the Patient Consultation Form or by phone, at 845-863-1772. Dr. Rubinstein’s practice, Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, has two New York locations in Newburgh and Manhattan. The upstate and city locations provide patients with convenient options to meet with the doctor.
Dr. Rubinstein has been performing facial plastic surgeries and non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the Hudson Valley for more than 15 years. The doctor specializes in laser treatments, sinus disorders, and transformative surgeries. The doctor provides patients with improved form and function through expertly combining his knowledge of art and science. He holds dual board certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, and is an Assistant Professor at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.