Facial Implants, Facial Fat Grafting, Chin & Lip Augmentation
What are facial implants? What is fat grafting?
Facial implants and fat grafting are two ways to serve the same goal: increasing volume in the face. We lack volume in the face for two main reasons: loss of volume due to aging (mostly fat), and congenital (bony and soft tissue deficits). We see these manifest visually as hollow, sunken cheeks and eyes, or a small, recessed chin or thin lips. There are a variety of ways to address these concerns depending on the cause of the volume loss which include fat grafting (particulary for the cheeks) and implants (very effective for weak chins).
Tell me more about chin implants and chin augmentation.
Chin implantation is typically performed with medical grade pre-formed silicone implants. There are a variety of implant shapes and sizes that can be used to address your specific aesthetic concern. For the more cautious patient, injectable fillers such as Radiesse can be used for temporary chin augmentation. Implants are usually placed through either an intraoral or submental incision. There are benefits and drawbacks to both techniques, but both are safe and effective ways of placing silicone mandibular implants. Your surgeon can discuss these options with you in more detail during consultation.
What can be accomplished with fat grafting and implants?
The goal of fat grafting is to restore lost volume in the face. Loss of volume can cause the face to look aged, tired, and deflated. Targeted fat grafting to areas of volume loss can help you regain your youthful facial contours, soften wrinkles, and even lift the skin. Often patients that come in for consult initially believe they will need a face lift, but rather than sagging of the skin what they actually have is volume loss which can be addressed with fat grafting.
Implants such as those for the mandible (chin) can help improve the anterior projection, reducing the appearance of a “weak” chin and significantly improving facial proportions and balance. Implants can also be used to augment the lips for fuller lips, although autologous tissue and fillers can be used as well.
What type of anesthesia is used for this procedure?
Facial fat grafting and most implants can be performed under local anesthesia, depending on the ability of patient to tolerate it. Fat grating is often done in conjunction with other procedures such as face lift which may require IV sedation or general anesthesia. Your doctor with help you determine what is the right type of anesthesia for your specific situation.
What is the recovery like?
There can often be noticeable swelling and bruising after facial implants or fat grafting. These usually dissipate over the course of a week or two. Pain is usually manageable with over the counter medications although stronger medications are often prescribed. You will be able to return to work as soon as you feel comfortable doing so.
I am interested! What do I do next?
If you are considering this procedure we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us. During this visit we will listen to your concerns and discuss your options. We can tell you whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure and inform you of the potential risks of the procedure. There are great variety patients’ faces and bodies and each procedure must be custom tailored for the patient to get the best possible result. As this procedure can also include augmenting one’s face, this can change a person’s appearance. It is important to be properly evaluated to make sure that a person’s features and body to still stay balanced and symmetric. You will also have a chance to view before and after photo albums of his patients who have undergone procedures similar to what you are considering.
*Individual results may vary