The appearance of your face is determined by three basic components: skin, soft tissues and underlying facial bones. If the structure of your face is disproportionate — the chin is recessed, the jaw undefined or cheeks are ﬂat — it can significantly affect your self image.
Defined facial features, visible contours and natural angles, that are proportionate all create structural balance in your face and a more attractive appearance.
If you are bothered by a small chin, weak jaw or lack of facial contour, plastic surgery with facial implants may benefit you. While any area of your face can be augmented with implants, the cheekbones, chin and jaw are the most common sites for facial implants.
Facial implants bring balance and better proportion to the structural appearance of your face. They define your face by increasing projection and creating more distinct features.
Is plastic surgery right for me?
Plastic surgery with facial implants is best performed on people whose head and skull have reached physical maturity, which generally occurs in late adolescence. This procedure is a good option for you if:
- You are physically healthy
- You do not smoke
- You have a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for improvement of facial contours
The aging proces frequently results in the development of groove between the chin and the jowl, named geniomandibular groove. With that aging process many people will have reduction of the size of the bone of the mandible and the use of a facial implant combined with a facelift is often the right solution.
Dr. Harris offers a wide range of facial implants to help you balance the proportions of your face.
What are facial Implants?
Facial implants are specially formed solid, biocompatible materials designed to enhance or augment the physical structure of your face. The precise type and size of implants best suited for you requires an evaluation of your goals, the features you wish to correct and your surgeon’s judgment.
Chin implants can increase the size and projection of a chin that does not project in proportion with the forehead and mid-face. A small or recessed chin can also be described as one that seems to disappear into the neck of an individual of normal weight, rather than appearing as a distinct facial feature.
Jaw implants increase the width of the lower third of your face. Much like the chin, a weak jaw can be thought of as one that is not well-defined and distinct from the neck, or one that slopes rather than angles from the ear to the chin. In some cases, both the chin and jaw can contribute to facial imbalance.
Cheek implants increase the projection of the cheekbones. They add volume to areas which may be recessed or ﬂat. Check implants can be placed via intraoral or by a small incision along the hairline or eyelid.
If symmetry among facial features is part of your goal, facial implants may be recommended to augment more than one facial region. It’s important to remember that all of our faces are asymmetric to some degree and your results may not be completely symmetric. The goal is to create balance and proportion. Your procedure may be performed alone, or as a complement to other facial contouring procedures such as nose or ear surgery.
What to expect in my consultation?
The success and safety of your facial implant procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. Dr. Harris will ask you a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.
Be prepared to discuss:
- Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
- Previous surgeries
Dr. Harris will also:
- Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Take photographs for your medical record
- Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of facial implant surgery and any risks or potential complications
The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
Where will my surgery be performed?
Facial implant surgery may be performed at our surgical unit, where we will fully attend to your comfort and safety.
When your procedure is finished, bandages or dressings may be applied to keep the surgical site clean and to support the position of the implant during initial healing.
You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for your face following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and when to follow-up with Dr. Harris.
You’ll need help after plastic surgery
As your facial implant surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.If you need transportation please arange in advance with one of our patients coordinators.
Following Dr. Harris’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion or motion during the time of healing. Dr. Alfredo Harris will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.