Facial Implants (Cheek, Chin, Temple, and Jaw Implants)

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Facial Implants

Facial implants can dramatically refine and improve a patient’s facial contour. Although the chin implant is the most frequently requested surgery, Dr. Romo also performs cheek, temple and jaw implants, as needed. Aging results in a downward shifting of the facial fat pads, as well as a loss of facial fat volume. Dr. Romo utilizes fat repositioning, fat grafting and selective liposuction to restore the youthful face.

Cheek, Chin, Temple, and Jaw Implants

The need for augmentation of the face can be determined by measurements called cephalometrics. Cheek, chin, temple, and jaw implants can be used to enhance a patient’s appearance by filling facial deficiencies and creating a more defined and contoured facial structure. Dr. Romo uses an intraoral approach to place cheek implants, which eliminates visible incision lines. If needed, jaw implants can be added during this procedure or a separate procedure. Temporal implant surgery is usually combined with a temporal lift procedure, and the incision is hidden in the hairline. Chin implant surgery usually requires an external approach involving a small incision hidden below the jaw line. Chin implants are by far the most common implant procedure performed. Using cephalometrics to assess a patient’s facial structure involves visualizing a straight line extending from the forehead to the chin. If the patient's actual chin is tangential to this vertical line, the chin is considered normal.
If the patient’s chin is in front of this line, it is called prognathic, more commonly known as “lantern jaw”. The most famous person with this characteristic is Jay Leno. If the patient’s chin is behind this vertical line, it is called retrognathic. These patients are good candidates for chin implant surgery. Chin implant surgery often includes liposuction of the neck to achieve a more defined jawline.
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Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon