Types of Facial Implants
Facial implants may be permanent or semi-permanent and can be made from natural or synthetic materials. Years ago bone grafts and silicone were the only choices for facial implants, but modern technology has created broader options.
- Bone grafts. Bone taken from your own body or another source.
- Fat grafts. Fat taken from your own body or another source.
- Silicone. The first synthetic implants, silicone can be manufactured to different degrees of hardness or flexibility, may be attached with titanium screws. Scar tissue forms around the implant making it easy to remove. This type of implant does not integrate with the natural tissue.
- Expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE). The same material used in GorTex winter wear, this material is porous and integrates with your own tissue to hold it in place.
- Polyethylene. Similar to ePTFE, but more rigid.
- Hydroxyapatite (H.A.). Derived from corral, this type of implant integrates with your own tissue and so closely mimics the chemical make-up of natural bone that the body accepts it completely.
Facial implants may be used alone or in combination, and are often used to enhance the results of other procedures. A recessed chin, out of balance profile, “fleshy” look of the lower face, or double chin are all common reasons for choosing facial implants.
Your cosmetic surgeon can evaluate your look and you desired end results and help you decide if facial implants are the right solution, or part of the right solution, for you.
If you are considering facial implants, talk to an experienced cosmetic surgeon today.
This information provided for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. For medical questions, Consult a physician.