What Are Facial Implants?
Facial implants use biocompatible implants to fill facial deficiencies and create a more defined and contoured facial structure. Although a chin implant is the most frequently requested facial implant surgery, Dr. Thomas Romo III also performs cheek implants, jaw implants, and temple implants, as needed. Aging results in a downward shifting of the facial fat pads, as well as a loss of facial fat volume. In addition to facial implants, Dr. Romo can use fat repositioning, fat grafting, and selective liposuction to restore a youthful face.
What Results Can Facial Implants Achieve?
Facial implants may be used if a patient’s face:
- Has changed and looks droopy
- Shows sagging and aging in the cheeks
- Shows downward shifting of the facial fat pads
- Looks sallow and sunken, with loss of facial fat volume
- Has lost its youth and vitality
- Has a “weak” chin, or an indefinite or misshapen jaw line
Am I A Candidate For A Chin Implant, Cheek Implants, Or Jaw Implant?
Facial implants may be recommended for patients of both genders who want to achieve aesthetic improvements including:
- Better balance of the facial features
- Filling out of hollows in the cheek area
- Building up of a weak-looking chin
- A defined and stronger jaw line
- A better facial profile
- Noticeable changes in the silhouette
What Types Of Facial Implants Does Dr. Romo Specialize In?
Dr. Romo has extensive experience with performing facial implants on patients with diverse needs. In particular, he frequently performs chin implants, cheek implants and jaw implants.
Chin Implants (Genioplasty)
Also called genioplasty, chin enhancement surgery improves contours of the chin, jawline, and neck. Genioplasty provides a permanent solution to improve a weak or recessed chin, help reduce the appearance of a “double” chin, as well as improve a rounded face and neck.In most cases, the surgery involves placement of an implant around the patient’s existing chin bone, which augments the size and shape of the chin to achieve a natural balance in facial features. It can also balance the appearance of a large nose or fleshy neck. Chin implants may be performed alone or in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a rhinoplasty, facelift,.etc.
What Can I Expect At My Augmentation Consultation?
The need for augmentation of the chin can be determined by using special measurements called cephalometrics. Using cephalometrics to assess a patient’s facial structure involves visualizing a straight line extending from the forehead to the chin. If the patient’s actual chin is tangential to this vertical line, the chin is considered normal. If the patient’s chin does not align with the forehead, it is sometimes referred to as a “weak chin.” Some patients may have had dental work to correct what is called malocclusion, but the dental work alone does not correct the look of the jaw line, and sometimes it actually creates a displeasing position of the jaw line. The addition of an extended chin implant will camouflage a poorly projecting chin.
What Is A Chin Implant?
Chin implants are small devices typically made from FDA-approved synthetic materials, which is molded to fit around a patient’s chin bone. Chin implants can vary in size depending on the desired enhancement.
How Is Chin Implant Surgery Performed?
Prior to the procedure, Dr. Romo will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for the surgery, as well as any medications you may need to have in advance.
During the procedure, you will be given local or general anesthesia, dependent on your preferences. The chin implant is then placed through a small incision underneath the chin, causing just minimal scarring. This approach also prevents any possible movement of the implant in the future. The chin implant is placed directly against the jawbone with your skin and tissue covering, so when touched, it will feel completely natural. Following surgery, the incision is closed with sutures, and the chin may be bandaged.
How Long Does Chin Implant Surgery Take?
Chin implant surgery typically takes less than one hour. Expect to have minimal pain and discomfort, which is easily managed with medication and/or cold compresses.
Patients experience little downtime and can usually go back to work and other daily activities within three to four days after surgery. Strenuous activity can be resumed within two weeks.
When Can I Expect To See Results From My Chin Augmentation?
Results of chin augmentation can be seen within two weeks after surgery when the residual swelling has subsided.
There are three general shapes to cheek implants. The technical terms are: malar, submalar, or combined. Malar implants, the most common shape, are placed directly on the cheekbones. The result is more projection to the cheekbones, providing a higher contour to the sides of the face.
In contrast, submalar implants are not placed on the cheekbones, but rather they are intended to augment the midface, especially if a person has a gaunt or sunken appearance in this area. Combined implants (both malar/submalar implants) are used when implants are needed to augment both the midface and the cheekbones.
Jaw implants can strengthen the jaw line and create a more balanced facial silhouette by augmenting the lower jaw, also known as the mandible. A wide variety of patients can benefit from this procedure, including those with abnormal, deficient, or surgically altered jaw anatomy. Jaw implant patients are often males, who perceive a wider, lower face to be desirable. Other patients want more definition and angularity to their jaw line, especially if they have dental overbite or malocclusion. Implants that augment the anterior jawline mandible back to the perpendicular portion of the jaw can achieve this.
What Does Facial Implant Surgery Involve?
Dr. Romo performs facial implant surgery with meticulous, minimally invasive techniques in order to achieve the best results with virtually invisible scarring. Chin implant surgery can be done through the lower lip or through a small incision hidden below the jawline. With cheek implants, the incision can be made inside the mouth. For a lower jaw implant, a small incision will be made inside the lower lip.
How Long Does Facial Implant Surgery Take?
Facial implants can take anywhere from 1‒2 hours (when performed as a single procedure), depending on the complexity. When performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as a facelift, the surgery time will vary.
Is Facial Implant Surgery Painful?
You will be given an anesthetic so you will not feel any pain during the procedure
What Should I Expect After My Facial Implant Procedure?
After closing the incision(s), a dressing will be applied. Depending on the type of stitches used to secure the incision site(s), sutures may be removed in 3‒5 days or stitches will dissolve on their own. Recovery and potential downtime can range from 10‒14 days.
What Will My Scarring Look Like After Facial Implant Surgery?
Once healed, the incisions will be invisible.
Why Choose Dr. Romo For My Facial Implant Procedures
Thomas Romo III, MD, FACS is one of the most experienced and respected plastic surgeons for facial implants the world, known for his meticulous minimally invasive surgical techniques and for achieving natural-looking results with a shorter recovery period. As a world-renowned innovator in surgical methods as well as an inventor of new endoscopic instruments for facial surgery, Dr. Romo’s practice draws patients from New York City, across the United States, and internationally for all of their surgical and non-surgical facial cosmetic needs.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about facial implants, including chin implants, cheek implants and jaw implants, or other procedures Dr. Romo offers, call our office today at 516-625-7000. You can also schedule a consultation with Dr. Romo by filling out our appointment request form. You deserve to look and feel your best, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!