Dr. Clayton Molwer: Facial implants is a great category. In plastic surgery - cosmetic surgery, aesthetic surgery, they're all the same - we use facial implants in several different areas of the face. In Asian people, sometimes an Asian woman or man will come in, for the nose that they want to be raised a little bit. We'll put a silicone rubber strut in the top of the nose and there's different varieties and we put it in through an incision inside the nose. We put in cheek implants to raise cheekbones, we can put it in through an incision up in the inside of the mouth. The most common one that we put in is a chin implant, and chin implants do remarkable things. I really love doing chin implants - by the way, whenever I do chin implants or rhinoplasties I always do imaging, video imaging, which we have here at my practice so we'll shoot pictures of someone, and then we morph them on our computer, and then I show them to the patient so we both have a good idea of where we're going with either a rhinoplasty or a chin implant. Chin implants often bring balance to a face, someone who has a weak chin, or a receding chin... Sometimes people will come in and say "My nose is too big" - In fact, the chin is too small. So chin implants can be put in through an incision in the lower lip, actually in the lower gum area, or I like, underneath the chin. It's a little incision, we put a chin implant in of any of the several different sizes, it wraps around the whole jawline. So in women we can put one kind. In men, I'll put a little bit of a square one with a little bit of a crevice in the middle to give them a nice strong chin with a little bit of a cleft. The cleft usually doesn't show up, but these implants really do a wonderful job to give you a stronger chin-line or jawline, and in many people, bring their whole face into balance. Chin implants are also wonderful to add to face-lifts, so sometimes when we're doing a face-lift, we'll tighten up the neck skin, but sometimes someone has a very weak chin, if you add a chin implant, it gives them a wonderful outline to their neck and to their chin, it can really make a face-lift look phenomenal.
Facial Implants Can Be Used in More Places Than You Think
Dr. Clayton Moliver discusses the possibilities with facial implants from nose and cheek implants to chin implants.