WHAT are facial implants?
Fillers do a great job of rejuvenating the face. For people who need a more significant change in the size or shape of their chin, jaw or cheekbones — facial implants can be the best course of treatment to fully correct these areas. At Cassileth Plastic Surgery, our doctors hand-tailor the implant to each individual person.
Implants can create a more sculpted jaw or cheekbones and can be used to sculpt the nose, hollows under the eyes, chin and temple area, giving people the look they’ve always wanted.
With aging, we lose collagen and elastin (the components that give young skin a plump and full look) and we also lose bone. With less bone to support the skin and underlying tissues of the face, the skin sags. This is especially apparent in the jawline (think sagging jowls), cheeks, chin and cheeks. Implants restore and augment bone loss to re-contour and rejuvenate the face.
3D Custom Implants
Depending on the treatment area and the each patient’s goals, custom designed 3D implants may be recommended. Customized, “bespoke” implants are designed using an advanced 3D CT scan of the patient’s face. Each implant is one-of-a-kind, tailored to patient using digital technology, further refinements are made by the doctor in the operating room, down to the micro-millimeter.
Recovery for the cheeks, jawline and temples is just one week, for the infraorbital rim (lower eye-socket area) typical recovery is 2-3 weeks.
Dr. Catherine Chang performs our 3D Custom facial implant procedures. Dr. Chang is a Harvard fellowship trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with a specialization in Craniofacial Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, who trained at the world-renowned Massachusetts General Hospital, where many facial implants and cranial surgery techniques were pioneered and is co-authoring a textbook on craniofacial surgery and facial implants.