Many Chicago patients turn to Dr. Michael Epstein for facial implants to bring harmony to the face. Implants can increase the prominence of the cheeks, chin, and other facial features, creating a more balanced facial appearance.
As one of the top facial plastic surgeons in Chicago, Dr. Epstein is highly experienced with facial implants. If you’re considering cheek, chin, or other facial implants, contact our Chicago plastic surgery office to schedule a consultation.
What Are Facial Implants?
You’ve probably heard of breast implants, but you may be less familiar with facial ones. Facial implants in Chicago are specially formed solid materials compatible with human bone and tissue, designed to enhance or augment your face’s physical structure. The precise type and size of implants best suited for you require an evaluation of your goals, the features you wish to correct, and Dr. Epstein’s surgical judgment.
Plastic surgery with facial implants can produce a marked improvement in the underlying structure that forms facial appearance, improving proportion and balance. The most common sites for facial implants include the chin (which can increase the size and projection of a small or recessed chin), the jaw (which can increase the width of the lower third of the face), the cheeks (which can add volume to those areas which may be recessed or flat) and the lips (to create more youthful, fuller lips). Facial implants offer a longer-lasting solution to dermal fillers for cheek or lip augmentation.
Dr. Epstein employs chin augmentation for women and men to improve facial contours at the jawline and chin. This procedure is an excellent intervention for patients with a weak or recessed chin who want more definition to their facial contours.
The procedure attaches a durable silicone implant beneath the skin at the chin area to improve chin shape and projection. The implant is safe and effective with the feel and appearance of natural bone tissue for structure.
Excellent candidates for chin implants are men and women who:
- Are dissatisfied with a weak or recessed chin
- Feel their facial features are out of balance
- Want to improve the definition of their jawline and chin
- Have a double chin
Women and men who lose facial volume through natural aging may struggle with sagging cheeks. Or, they inherited cheekbones from their family with a flatter facial appearance. Dr. Epstein can use facial fat transfer, cheek implants, or injectable fillers to add cheek volume and create a lifted, more defined, and attractive facial contour.
Cheek augmentation lifts and adds volume to the cheek areas to create a refined, elegant profile. Flat, round, or sagging cheeks can be enhanced to make a chiseled, more sculpted appearance. Cheek augmentation will emphasize your cheeks and lift the midface skin to reduce folds and wrinkles.
Flat, thin lips deserve volume. However, suppose your lips have a deflated appearance because of age or genetics. In that case, lip augmentation may be the treatment you need. Lip augmentation can enhance lip appearance by adding volume and improving lip contour.
Surgical lip augmentation is excellent for patients seeking long-lasting results. There are multiple surgical lip enhancements, but the most common include:
- Lip lift:A lip lift creates the appearance of full lips by extending the visible pink portion of the upper lip. Dr. Epstein carefully removes a small amount of tissue beneath the nose and extends the lip to fill in this area. Shortening the distance between the lip and nose rejuvenates the lip and facial appearance. It also helps the lips appear fuller and more prominent.
- Fat grafting: Fat graftingvolumizes the lips using natural body fat. Dr. Epstein can execute a lip lift by extracting a small amount of fat via liposuction from a donor site like the thigh or abdomen, then transferring the tissue to your lips. As the fat grafts into the lip area, it integrates with lip tissue and adds long-lasting fullness.
- Lip implants: Epstein can add permanent lip volume by placing lip implants into the upper or lower lips for enhanced volume and shape. Implants are long-lasting and continue to enrich your lips and facial appearance for many years.
Surgical techniques require more downtime than nonsurgical treatments. Dr. Epstien will carefully place incisions in discreet locations to minimize visible scarring.
How Are Facial Implants Placed?
Our Chicago facial implants are placed surgically through incisions that create a supportive space beneath the skin and soft tissues. Muscle and tissue surrounding the area hold the implant in place. Depending on the implant location, size, and material, it may be further secured with sutures.
Facial implants can be placed in conjunction with other facial surgeries. For example, rhinoplasty patients often benefit from simultaneous chin augmentation. Augmenting the chin helps the nose to appear smaller and creates additional facial structure at the base of the face.
Recovery After Chicago Facial Implants
Placing facial implants requires a surgical procedure and a short recovery period. Most patients are back to work within three to four days. You may need additional time if your surgery is paired with other more invasive treatments like a facelift or brow lift. Dr. Epstein and our team will provide you with detailed recovery instructions and are available to answer questions or address concerns throughout the recovery process.
Initial healing may include swelling or numbness, and any discomfort you may feel can be controlled through medication. In addition, facial movements may be somewhat restricted or impaired. While the initial outcome is apparent almost immediately, it will be obscured by visible swelling, which may take several months to fully resolve.
Schedule Your Facial Implant Consultation with Dr. Epstein
Dr. Epstein performs facial implant surgery in his Northbrook Surgical facility to serve people from all around Chicago, Buffalo Grove, and Evanston, IL. His office is conveniently located just five miles east of Wheeling and one mile Ssouth of Highland Park. Call us today to see if facial implants are right for you and to schedule your consultation at our Northbrook office.
Frequently Asked Questions About Chicago Facial Implants
How Much Do Facial Implants Cost in Chicago?
MAE Plastic Surgery is dedicated to providing patients with accurate pricing information. As the cost of cheek implants or chin implants varies, it is best to receive pricing information during your consultation with Dr. Epstein. After a comprehensive examination and an in-depth discussion of your treatment goals, we can provide detailed pricing information for the cost of chin implants or cheek implants in Chicago.
How Long Do Cheek or Chin Implants Last?
Cheek and chin implants are a long-lasting treatment option. Patients enjoy an improvement in their facial contours as long as the implants remain in place. For many patients, cheek and chin implants are a permanent solution.
Will I Have Scars After Cheek or Chin Implants?
Facial implants are placed under the skin and muscle through small incisions. Dr. Epstein places each incision in inconspicuous locations to minimize the appearance of scarring. For cheek implants, incisions are often placed inside of the cheek. This location leaves no visible scarring as all incisions are hidden inside of the mouth. For chin implants, incisions are often made along the base of the chin. This incision location is hidden under the chin and is not immediately or easily visible.
Am I a Good Candidate for Cheek Implants?
Have your cheeks lost youthful fullness? Do you want to improve the balance of your facial features? If you’ve answered yes to one of these questions, you may be a good candidate for cheek augmentation with implants. Reach out to Dr. Epstein to schedule a consultation and find out if you’re a candidate for this procedure. Patients pursuing facial implants should be non-smokers in good health.