Facial implants are specially formed solid materials compatible with human tissues, designed to enhance or augment the physical structure of your face.
The precise type and size of facial implants best suited for you requires an evaluation of your goals, the features you wish to correct.
While any area of your face can be augmented with implants, the cheeks, chin and jaw are the most common sites for facial implants. If you are bothered by a small chin, weak jaw or lack of facial contour, plastic surgery with facial implants may benefit you.
Facial implants are used to balance facial contours and to augment areas of poorly defined tissue. Chin implants and cheek implants are most frequently employed, but other treatment options are available. The use of implants is an effective solution to enhance facial proportions.
Enhancement with implants
In the case of facial contouring, implants provide localised enhancement of the mandibular bone, the effects of which are conveyed through the soft tissues to the surface of the skin as improved contours.
By providing structural support to the overlying facial soft tissues, implants counter gravitational changes, restore fullness and offer a lift with gentle skin expansion. It also provides a ‘forward push’ to all the soft tissues of the jaw, including the superficial neck muscle, such that neck contours usually become better defined.
Types of Facial Implants
- Central chin implants
- Anatomical chin implants
- Extended anatomical chin implants
- Mandibular implants
- Custom implants
Implants can be inserted either through the mouth (intra-oral positioning) or from below the chin (sub-mental positioning). Both are reasonable options. The main advantage of the intra-oral route is that it does not result in visible scarring.
For aesthetic surgeries using silicone implants, the implants do not usually need to be fixed to the mandibular bone as it is sufficiently secured within the narrow pocket between the bone and the sub-periosteal space (sheet of soft tissue that covers the bone).
For reconstructive surgeries or contouring with PEEK or high-density polyethylene implants, fixation of the implants to the mandible is usually required. Screw fixation (small titanium screws) will ensure instant stability, allow in-place refinement of the implant shape, prevent displacement and eliminate any gaps between the implant and mandibular bone.
Facial implants provide predictable and permanent results. They maintain their shape, do not suffer from reabsorption and improve on the natural structural appearance, which enhances the overall contours and aesthetic balance of the face.
A wide range of implant types, shapes and sizes offer great flexibility and potential for significant modification. Used either as an isolated procedure or in combination with other facial surgeries, chin augmentation is one of the most effective ways to obtain natural-looking three-dimensional enhancement of the chin and jawline.