Facial Implants – Dr. Mackenzie in Santa Barbara does Facial Implant Plastic Surgery
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For some people, a weak chin can cause a significant imbalance in the appearance of their profile, and for others flat cheekbones don’t match the rest of the facial proportions. Although other areas of the face may be improved with structural enhancement using implants, the chin and cheek are most common.
The chin balances the profile, and when it is “weak” often contributes to imbalances with the nose or neck. Sometimes someone considering rhinoplasty will instead need a chin implant, or possibly both a chin implant and rhinoplasty to get the best result. A prematurely aging neck can often be improved with just a chin implant if a weak chin is contributing to the profile, or more commonly, added to a facelift as part of a comprehensive approach to the aging jawline and neck. Addressing the problems of a poor jawline and neck in a younger patient may involve liposuction of the neck along with a chin implant.
If your chin problem is more extensive, with problems of your teeth and your dental occlusion, you may need more extensive jaw surgery and orthodontics, and for that we would refer you to an oral surgeon.
Cheek implants are fairly common facial implants to give improved structure to flat cheekbones or to add volume to the aging face when flat cheeks are contributing to a gaunt or hollow look. This may also involve the lower eyelid and enhance an aging eyelid. Fat injection is often used to add volume to the cheeks and orbit area, sometimes along with cheek implants.
I use both silastic (silicone) and Medpor (porous polyethylene) facial implants.