The skin over the face is analogous to a drape. The shape of the face is determined by the underlying skeletal framework. In some individuals, this framework is not as pronounced as in other individuals and they may appear to have a flattened face or small, recessed chin.
Prominent cheekbones are associated with a youthful and attractive appearance . As aging occurs and tissue degrades, the middle of the face can become flat and wrinkled. Cheek augmentation can be a viable solution for some facing the issue of aging. There are multiple procedures that can be performed to improve the appearance of the cheeks for men and women, including injection of temporary fillers and placement of cheek implants.
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Dr. Nichols is able to add facial implants to the facial skeleton to accentuate the areas of the cheek bone, chin, nose, and angle of the lower jaw. By performing these skeletal augmentations, he is able to redrape and tighten the skin of the face. This provides a more healthy and youthful appearance without the need for a more extensive skeletal lift procedure. Lack of fullness in the cheeks can give the appearance of a sad or aged look. The surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure and patients will return home the day of surgery.
The incisions are made from within the mouth with no visible scars. Immediate results are evident. Some swelling and bruising may occur, and it may take 3-4 months for these side effects to subside. Occasionally, patients may have some temporary numbness of the upper lip and cheek, and may take 6 weeks to 6 months to resolve completely. Once you have fully healed, all nerve and muscle function should return to normal. Nearly 80% of the final result should be visible after just one month. After healing, the implants feel as if they are part of your own cheekbone structure.
Facial implants come in many sizes and shapes, and depending on the area to be augmented, Dr. Nichols will help guide you in making the appropriate decision based on your specific needs. Typically, the implants are made out of a permanent solid material developed to last.