Who is an ideal candidate for this procedure?
Especially some of the ethnic descent Asians tend to have the middle part of the face kind of sunken in.
If we look at the Asian's facial bone structure, the Asians tend to have a wider outer bone instead of a flatter central portion of the face. Asians tend to have flatter foreheads; the nose tends to be a little bit flatter. In the mid-face, the part next to the nostrils on both sides of the face that again is sunken in.
How do you treat the mid-part of the face?
This is due to the lack of projection of this area, and then I consider mid-face so to take care of the mid part of the face, I make an incision inside the mouth and place small implants in.
I use silicone implants; in this area, the silicone implants tend to do very well since they are small and work really well. A very small implant and it will project this area out.
Are patients happy with the implants?
Patients like it because it tends to bring balance to the face even with patients who have their upper jaw or upper teeth jutting out, and this will sort of set it back. So, it's a nice way to restore the esthetic of the middle part of the face.
And then along with these implants, I put a chin implant because the chin is very small and re-sets can have an adverse effect on the facial appearance. It gives them a shorter chin, shorter face and the profile is not that aesthetically pleasing, and the patients know this and they hate their profile.
Why do you recommend a chin implant for facial contouring?
The chin implant is placed inside the mouth with a small incision and it is not a long procedure and I use a silicone implant as it is the ideal material for this area. Any complication from a chin implant is extremely rare and patients by just putting a chin implant in can get amazing results.
I believe in the face one of the profits or the most improvements I get from the smallest surgery is the chin implant. Their entire outlook and facial balance are restored in many cases by just putting a small chin implant. So, I find this to be very effective to many of the ethnic populations and even for the Caucasian population, many Caucasians have very small chins.
Especially in the Asian population, this is a very effective way to restore balance in the face.