Facial implants are synthetic materials that add volume and definition to your face. Dr. Geroulis offers several types of facial augmentation surgeries using implants to balance your features and increase your satisfaction with your appearance, including:
Cheek implant surgery can improve the appearance of the face by restoring lost shape, definition and contour. Bone remodeling refers to the body’s natural process for the removal and replacement of bone tissue and this is affected by genetics, nutrition, exercise and hormonal loss.
As part of normal aging, the remodeling process may shift out of balance, resulting in an uneven facial appearance that may not have been noticeable previously. When bone loss and demineralization is accompanied by a thinning of fat beneath the skin, this may cause a sunken, hollow or flattened appearance to the mid face region, affecting the overall expression of the face. The best option when this occurs is oftentimes to proceed with cheek implants, rather than filler injections.
A cheek implant is appropriate for young men and women who seek increased projection to the cheekbones and wish to improve the balance of specific facial features, or for those older, seeking to augment the mid face and restore volume and firmness to sunken regions. The procedure of inserting and positioning cheek implants in the mid face area can build up facial bone structure and contour and bring better balance and proportion to the entire face. Specifically, a cheek implant procedure may be used to fill sunken areas, adding both fullness and firmness and decreasing folds and wrinkles around the mouth. Cheek implants may bring softness and elegance to a hollow, gaunt facial appearance.
Although used alone, facial implants are often used in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures such as a chin implant or a facelift for a more natural and balanced rejuvenation result. With the combined approach, the cheek implant may be inserted through the incisions made for those procedures. During your consultation for cheek implants North Shore plastic surgeon, Dr. Geroulis, will evaluate the approach and technique most appropriate for your facial structure.
A North Shore cheek implant procedure is usually performed through a small incision hidden inside the upper lip or in the natural crease of the lower eyelids below the lower eyelash. The skin tissues are elevated and a pocket is created. The pocket is expertly positioned directly over the cheekbone and a pliable implant is inserted trough the small opening. Once the implant is in place, detailed and expert adjustments are made to produce an optimal result that is balanced and natural to the shape of the face. Scars are hidden in skin creases where they are difficult to detect, and they will fade considerably over time, making them almost imperceptible.
You will notice results from a cheek implant procedure immediately. With time the implant will further soften to provide a natural appearance. The implants are placed so that they are unlikely to shift, and the tissue surrounding the implants will stretch accordingly, over the following months, to integrate with the underlying tissue and bone. The implant material is gradually covered by the body’s own tissue after implantation and will mold to produce a seamless result.
Filler injections to the cheekbones provide another approach to cheek augmentation. A hyaluronic acid, such as Restylane or Juvederm, can be injected into the cheek area to add fullness and contour. Autologous fat or lipofilling is considered a “more permanent” option. Although all injections eventually undergo complete resorption and subsequent injections are needed, they do provide, to those not quite ready for a cosmetic procedure, the opportunity to preview results that may be achieved with a more permanent approach.
Board-certified Chicago North Shore cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Anthony Geroulis is a professor of surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center. His private medical surgical facility, the North Shore Center for Facial, Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery is located in North Shore, Illinois. His facility services patients throughout Illinois to achieve the most innovative, natural-looking results through cheek implants North Shore and all surrounding areas have to offer. Contact the facility to explore your options with Dr. Anthony Geroulis for the most advanced cheek augmentation procedures on the North Shore.
While any area of the face can be augmented and redefined with implants, chin implants and chin augmentation are the most common procedures for facial implants. An underdeveloped chin, that is small, or an undefined jaw line, can give the appearance of an overly prominent nose or a short neckline and in males, a recessed chin may lead to a false perception of timidity or weakness that may affect self image.
Correctly defined and well proportioned facial features and contours provide structural balance to the face and a more attractive appearance. Careful diagnosis may reveal a lack of much needed volume in the lower third of the face causing a facial imbalance. During your North Shore chin implant consultation, Dr. Geroulis will evaluate the approach and technique most appropriate for your facial structure. Correction may involve both volume and contour, increasing projection and definition of the chin.
Chin implant surgery, also referred to as a chin augmentation procedure, is usually performed through a small incision on the inside of the mouth or along the underside of the chin with a submental incision. Soft tissues are elevated, as a pocket is created below the muscle layer, just above the jawbone. The chin implant is pliable, which allows it to be inserted through a very small opening to fit inside the pocket. Once the implant is in place, extensive detailed and accurate adjustments are made prior to securing, to produce an optimal result that looks balanced and natural to the shape of the face. Lastly, compression bandages may be applied to provide support.
You will notice results from a chin implant procedure immediately. With time the implant will further soften to provide a natural appearance. The implant is placed so that it is unlikely to shift, and the tissue surrounding the implant will stretch and mold accordingly over the following months. The implant material is gradually covered by the body’s own tissue after implantation and will mold to produce a seamless result. Any incision will remain hidden in creases and areas where they are difficult to detect, and they will fade considerably over time, making them almost imperceptible.
A chin implant, when necessary, may be placed in conjunction with a rhinoplasty, which can give even greater improvement to facial proportions. Whether you are seeking to correct and re-contour a recessed chin, an overly prominent nose, or would just like your chin to have more definition, chin augmentation surgery will go a long way to provide you with a permanent difference: as a result of a targeted subtle change in one region of the face overall facial balance and proportion can be dramatically improved.
Chicago Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Anthony Geroulis is a professor of surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center. His private medical surgical facility, the North Shore Center for Facial, Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery is located in North Shore, Illinois. His facility services patients throughout Illinois to achieve the most innovative, natural looking results. Contact the facility by phone or online to explore your options with Dr. Anthony Geroulis for the most advanced procedures in chin implants North Shore has to offer. Contact our office to schedule a consultation!
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Geroulis offers customized facial implants for repairing structural issues to improve one's facial features. Dr. Geroulis carries his procedures out with the highest level of artistic detail to balance your overall facial features. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Geroulis by calling the North Shore Center for Facial, Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery or by requesting an appointment online today.
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