If you’re unhappy with the contours of your face, like a small chin, weak jaw, or poorly defined facial structure, you could benefit from facial implants. Board-certified plastic surgeon Jonathan Zelken, MD, in Newport Beach, California, has extensive experience using facial implants to create more pleasing and balanced facial structures. Call the office or connect online to schedule an appointment to learn if facial implants can strengthen your profile.
Facial implants are made from materials that are safe for use in the human body (biocompatible). Each implant is specifically sized and shaped to correct different facial features.
Dr. Zelken enhances any part of your face and uses implants during another procedure, including surgery, to change the shape of your nose. But chin, cheek, and jaw implants are the most popular:
Cheek implants enhance your cheekbones and add volume to areas that appear sunken.
A small or recessed chin doesn’t look like a distinct feature. Instead, it disappears into your neck. Chin implants increase the size of your chin when it’s out of proportion with the rest of your face.
You may want to consider a jaw implant if your jaw doesn’t appear well-defined or slopes instead of forming an angle. In addition to better defining your jaw, an implant increases the width of the lower part of your face.
Before scheduling facial implant surgery, you consult with Dr. Zelken. You can explain the changes you want to see, and Dr. Zelken ensures that you have realistic goals and understand what can and can’t be accomplished with implants.
He also assesses your medical history to determine if you’re a good candidate. You must be generally healthy and not have a medical condition that affects healing or your ability to have surgery. If you smoke, you must stop before surgery.
Your age also makes a difference, but only if you’re young. Your head and skull must be fully developed before getting implants. That usually occurs in late adolescence.
Dr. Zelken recommends the best anesthesia based on the extent of your surgery and your personal needs. After giving you anesthesia, he makes the necessary incisions.
The placement of your incisions depends on which surgery you’re having. Dr. Zelken is careful to make them where scars won’t be seen, like inside your mouth or in a crease below your chin. Once the implants are in place, the surrounding muscles and tissues hold them in place.
If you’re unhappy with your facial shape, learn how facial implants can improve your appearance. Call Jonathan Zelken, MD, today, or use online booking to schedule a consultation.