Facelifts are one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures among patients looking to offset the effects of aging. However, many people who wish to improve the appearance of their face may not be interested in a full facelift procedure. They may be concerned about potential for scarring, not wish to make such a dramatic change to the face, or only want to focus on a specific area of the face for improvement. In other cases, patients may not be good candidates for the more extensive surgery involved in a facelift.
Fortunately, Dr. Paul Pin can offer these patients the option of facial implants in order to help them achieve the goals they want from facial cosmetic surgery. What results can you achieve with facial implants, and what are the benefits they offer over facelift procedures?
What Are Facial Implants?
Facial implants are solid molds that are designed to enhance and fill out the jaw, chin, or cheekbone areas, which may have become less defined as a result of collagen loss due to the effects of aging. Collagen is a protein that the body produces to fill out the body over the skeletal framework. The effects of collagen loss are particularly noticeable in the face, leading to sagging skin around the chin and jawline, and a hollowed appearance to the cheeks.
To compensate for this sagging skin around the jaw, cheeks, and chin, Dr. Pin will use implants to provide more definition to the facial features. The implants are manufactured from a variety of materials that are compatible with human tissue, so as not to cause rejection.
Benefits of Facial Implants
One of the main benefits of facial implants is that the results will be permanent. In comparison, patients may find that a facelift may not be a permanent solution, simply because the face will continue to lose collagen. Over time, patients may realize that their facial features will once again show signs of aging. Due to the nature of the materials used in constructing facial implants, a permanent structure is in place to provide support for the facial features.
Another benefit is that less healing time is required with facial implants than with a facelift because only one area of the face can be targeted. Furthermore, there is no need for extensive incisions, as are needed for a facelift in order to lift the facial skin and underlying tissue. This means that there will be less risk of noticeable scarring.
Finally, facial implants can be customized. They come in different sizes, depending upon which will best suit the individual patient. As just one example, men generally tend to have larger facial features than women, so Dr. Pin would opt to use larger implants for his male patients.
Many prospective patients think that the only way to address the effects of aging on the face is with a facelift procedure. Unfortunately, this may not be the best solution for all patients. The truth is that facial implants may provide benefits for certain patients that a facelift procedure simply cannot.