We all have things about our appearance that we would change if we had the chance. If you have been considering plastic surgery, a cheek or chin implant can give you the whole new look you’ve been dreaming of!
What are facial implants?
Dr. Mao performs facial implants in two different ways: with either a synthetic material (soft silicone) or with the patient’s own fat (known as fat grafting) that is transferred from other areas of the body, usually the knees, thighs, or stomach. The silicone or fat is strategically placed, in a way that gives the face definition and balance.
Which is better: A synthetic material implant or fat grafting?
The answer to this question, of course, depends on what you hope to achieve and what you and your doctor decide is best for you. The two of you will also look at your physical characteristics and discuss any possible risks or complications before making a decision.
Fat grafting is used to restore lost volume, gives a very natural appearance, and there is little risk of rejection by the body because it is the patient’s own fat. It is commonly used in the area between the nose and the lips, between the lips and the chin, for cheeks that are too flat, jaws that are too saggy, and for hollow areas under the eyes.
Implants help to improve the contour of the face. They can help with a small chin, a weak jaw, and cheekbones that aren’t prominent enough. They can help to correct facial asymmetry and to give you more defined features.
With either one of these options, you will see dramatic results that make you look younger, and soon you’ll find that you feel more confident. Fat grafting and implants are both outpatient procedures and can be done relatively quickly. Generally, patients report that these procedures are not very painful. Patients may have some swelling and bruising afterward, but a simple ice compress can help.