Facial Implants

Not everyone was blessed with perfect balance among their facial features.  A receding chin, shallow cheeks, a flat forehead or a weak jaw can make a person appear tired, sad and can seriously impact a person’s self image. The underlying structure of the face is determined by three basic components: skin, soft tissues and underlying facial bones. Facial implants can add balance and create definition among the facial features by adding or enhancing visible contours and natural angles and add to the structural balance in your face and give you a more attractive appearance.

Any area of the face can be augmented with implants, the cheekbones, chin and jaw are the most common sites for facial augmentation.

The best candidates for facial implant surgery are those whose head and skull have reached physical maturity, are healthy, do not smoke and who have a positive outlook toward cosmetic surgery.

What Are Facial Implants?
Facial implants are made from a pre-formed solid, biocompatible material that Dr. Goshtasby will use to create enhanced structural contours or to augment the physical structure of your face. All of our are asymmetrical to some degree and it is important for those considering facial implants to understand that the result may not be completely symmetric. The goal is to create balance and proportion.

Types of Facial Implants

Chin Implants
A chin implant increases the size and projection of a chin that is not proportional to the forehead and mid-face and is often called a receding chin. Correcting this will create a more distinct jaw and neckline and will make the neck appear slimmer and less prominent.

Jaw Implants
A jaw implant increases the width of the lower third of the face, bringing into proportion with the neck and upper areas of the face.

Cheek Implants
Cheek implants increase the projection of the cheekbones, adding volume and contour to areas which may be recessed or flat.

One or more type of facial augmentation can be added to create a complete look of symmetry among the facial features. The procedure may be performed alone or as a complement to additional facial contouring procedures such as nose or ear surgery.

The Procedure
Depending on the individual treatment plan, Dr. Goshtasby will administer either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia to guarantee your comfort during surgery.

Next, he will make incisions based on where you will have the implants placed:

  • In the nose, he will most often make an incision inside of the nostril.
  • For a chin implant, he will make an incision inside of the mouth along the crease where the lower lip and gums meet.  Alternatively, he may choose to make the incision just below the chin.
  • For jaw implants, Dr. Goshtasby will make the incision inside the mouth along the back of the jawline at the crease where the cheek and gums meet.
  • Cheek implants are more variable depending on the specific specific area to be augmented in the cheek.  Most often, cheek implants are placed through incisions in the mouth.

When performed with other procedures, alternate incisions may be made inside the lower eyelid or one within the hairline. After placing the implant, he will suture it to hold it firmly and close the incision with absorbable sutures that will be removed one to two weeks following surgery.

The results of implant surgery will be visible immediately, although somewhat obscured by swelling which could take a few months to completely disappear.

Because cosmetic surgery is a highly-personal and individualized process, Dr. Goshtasby will consult with you personally several times prior to surgery to answer your questions and concerns about your treatment plan.