As with any cosmetic procedure, there are always benefits to every option depending on your needs and current appearance. When the discussion of facial implants versus permanent fillers comes up – (and it does, a lot!) there are a few things that need to be understood to establish the best solution for your needs.
Firstly, you must consider why you are thinking about facial surgery. It is usually because you wish to bring the face into balance by building up the chin, the cheeks, or the jaw. Plastic surgeons will use facial implants to improve and enhance the facial contours.
Frequently, these implants will help provide a more harmonious balance to your face and features so that you feel better about the way you look. Whether you are a teenage girl who wants her nose reshaped or her chin brought forward for better proportion, or you are a mature woman who chooses to have an implant placed in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure, such as during a facelift a patient may wish to have implants placed over the cheekbones for a more youthful appearance, there are many things to consider to understand the benefits of implants over permanent fillers.
Typically a permanent filler is a simple day procedure, requiring only a local anaesthesia, whereas a facial filler may required a general anaesthesia and possibly an overnight stay. Bruising and swelling will occur and there may be some pain for several days as this swelling reduces.
So when the procedure seems like more hard work, why would we cosmetic surgeons recommend it?
Well, as an example, when using permanent fillers to shape the cheeks, you can encounter several problems:
• The current fillers that are available should be placed in the subcutaneous fatty tissues
• These fatty tissues shift with gravity and ageing towards the nose and mouth, creating the nasolabial folds and jowls
• If permanent fillers are injected over the cheek area within this fatty tissue layer it will eventually shift (as described above)
• A filler can potential create granulomas; when and if they do, these granulomas will require surgical removal resulting in a scar on the face.
On the other hand, facial implants can be inserted with as a very minimally invasive procedure, leaving you with no scarring and a solution to your facial structure that will continue to age gracefully with you. Remember, facial implants help change the basic structure of the face to give a fuller, more balanced look.
You may not be able to accurately evaluate your appearance for weeks, or perhaps even months. Give yourself plenty of time to get used to your new look. You may be surprised to find that most people won’t recognize that you’ve had facial implant surgery – only that you look better.
Chin implant prices start from $9,900 and cheek implants start from $10,900
The best way to know if facial implants or permanent fillers are the right choice for you is to consult with a Plastic Surgeon. To discuss your suitability with Dr. Kohout, call 1300 551 151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More info can be found at www.drmarkkohout.com.au.