Facial implants have a long history of use, but are now mostly used to enhance features by filling the cheeks and strengthening the jaw. These small implants have enormous success rates and are commonplace in a majority of cosmetic surgery clinics, but how did they quietly grow to be such a massively popular procedure?
The History of Facial Implants
Facial implants were originally invented to reconstruct facial features after injuries and were first used centuries ago to replace noses. New surgeries for cheeks and chins came about in the World Wars. By the 1970s, these implants could perfectly restore a face.
Mark Hamil, for example, used facial implants to reconstruct his good looks after a car accident between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. Facial implants have centuries of success and testing, making them one of the safest plastic surgeries available.
However, many surgeons discovered that smaller implants, using the same safe and effective techniques, could also permanently enhance facial features, not just restore them. Though following the same long-tested methods, cosmetic implants have much subtler effects.
Types of Facial Implants
Reconstruction uses implants for all parts of the face, but most enhancements focus only on four areas: chin, jaw, cheeks, and paranasal cavities.
If your chin does not project properly, it can throw off the balance of the whole face. This can be fixed by inserting an implant through the lower lip or the skin under the chin. Depending on your needs, the sutures will either be external or inside your mouth.
Chin implants lead to a more symmetrical and “happier” appearance.
Many people find that a weak jaw implies a weak character. For this reason, jaw implants are popular among lawyers, businesspeople, and managers who want to project a stronger and more trustworthy image.
A jaw implant is a wide implant often inserted through the lower lip. It widens the jaw, rather than projecting it forward. It can be used in combination with an externally-inserted chin implant.
Cheek implants give the face a contour, an important part of classic aristocratic beauty. A contour makes all other features more distinct and memorable. Think of Angelina Jolie: sure, she’s attractive in general, but her dramatic cheekbones are the reason we just can’t forget about her.
Cheek implants are inserted through the inside of the upper lip, usually under general anesthetic. For some larger implants, they may be inserted through external incisions.
The paranasal sinuses surround the nose on both sides. In some faces, they can be depressed, creating a small cavity that makes the nose look like it is sticking out. Some patients who think they need a nose job actually just have paranasal cavitation and do better with facial implants. These implants fill out the face, making the nose look more in proportion.
Paranasal implants are inserted through the inside upper lip.
If you’re interested in facial implants and want to know how they can impact the overall look of your appearance, contact Cosmedical today for a consultation with one of our cosmetic surgery experts!