Facial Implants

One of the greatest challenges in facial plastic surgery is correcting deficiency in the facial skeleton. While most plastic surgery focuses on altering the soft tissues of the face, sometimes this is not adequate to produce a desired result.  In these difficult cases it is sometimes necessary to augment the underlying facial skeleton with facial implants. The implants we use today are made of biologically inert silicone,, and can be placed overlying the facial bones to improve contour and provide a natural and aesthetically pleasing result.  The most common areas of the face where facial implants are used are the chin, cheeks and temple regions.

Why did my doctor suggest a chin implant when I came in for a rhinoplasty?

The chin and nose are two structures of the face that work together to provide a balanced and harmonious appearance with the rest of the face.  Oftentimes patients complain that their nose is too large, when in fact, their nose only appears too large because of a small chin.  When the chin is augmented and brought into the appropriate proportion with the rest of the face, the nose suddenly no longer appears large for the patient’s face.

Will a chin implant help improve my neckline?

Some patients with a recessed or small chin have a poorly defined neckline as a result.  Moving the chin forward with an implant can help provide improved contour to the neckline.

Is there anything I can do about the appearance of my sunken cheeks?

As we age, the fat in our cheeks that helps provides a youthful appearance begins to shrink and the skin and soft tissues of our face descend.  In patients who are looking to restore the youthful volume in their cheeks that has been lost through aging, a malar or submalar implant may be appropriate. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wudel and we can walk you through the full range of options to restore volume to the cheek area and see if a facial implant is right for you.