Facial aging is a complicated process involving changes to the skin, volume loss of the soft tissues of the face, relaxation of the fibrous/muscular tissues, descent of the soft tissues of the face, and volume loss in the facial bones. Sun exposure, genetics, stress, environmental factors, and weight loss can make these changes more apparent. The end result is the formation of rhytids (wrinkles) and laxity (looseness) in the skin, loss of cheek volume, and jowl formation. Heredity also plays a role in some individuals, with less than adequate amount of bone to support the soft tissues of the face. Facial implants may be used to restore deep facial volume that has been lost due to age, trauma, or in those patients with congenitally less bone development.
Dr. Cynthia M. Gregg provides facial implant surgery for patients in Cary, Raleigh, the surrounding areas of North Carolina, and across the country. Call today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a better looking you.
Cheek implants may be used to enhance the shape or volume of the upper and mid cheek area. They may be placed alone or in combination with other surgeries such as brow lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), facelift, neck lift, or laser resurfacing.
The implants, made of biologically-inert solid silicone, are available in various shapes and sizes, allowing treatment of the malar area (upper cheek), submalar area (mid cheek), or a combination of malar and submalar areas. This available selection affords the ability to truly customize the desired enhancements.
The size and shape of the chin play important roles in the aesthetics of the face. A chin implant may be used to enhance the shape and projection (how far the chin extends forward) of the chin. Chin implants may be performed in combination with other procedures, such as blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), rhinoplasty, facelift, fat transfer, neck lift, or laser resurfacing.
The implants, made of biologically-inert solid silicone, are available in various shapes and sizes, allowing the ability to truly customize the desired enhancements.
The prejowl is the area of depression that is immediately in front of the jowls. With time, the jowls descend and the some of the bone within the prejowl area is resorbed. This creates the concave appearance of the prejowl area. Prejowl implants are similar to chin implants, in that they are placed along the lower front edge of the jaw. The volume of the implant lifts the prejowl area and restores a smoother, more youthful contour to the jawline.
How are Facial Implant Surgeries Performed?
Surgery is performed in our fully accredited surgery center under intravenous sedation, allowing us to offer the highest level of care in a safe, comfortable, and private setting.
Cheek implants are typically placed through an incision inside the mouth between the gums and the upper lip. Chin and prejowl implants are placed through a small incision made in the natural crease below the chin. The implants are placed, correct position and desired results confirmed, and the incisions are closed with sutures.
Facial Implant Recovery
This is an outpatient procedure, and once surgery is complete patients are sent home to the care of their significant other, family member, or trusted friend. If external sutures are used, these will remain in place for 1 week. Patients can expect swelling and bruising around the sites of the surgery, which usually resolve after the first one to two weeks. Temporary numbness of the cheeks is common. This generally subsides over a period of a few weeks. Rest, cool compresses, and pain medication taken as needed are very helpful in the recovery period. Scar formation is minimal and the scars are not visible due to their placement inside the mouth. Dr. Cynthia M. Gregg uses the most advanced techniques to hide all incisions and limit the size of the incisions. Patients usually have minimal downtime of 1 – 2 weeks before returning to work.