Nowhere on the human body is aging more apparent than on the face. Long-lasting cosmetic surgery procedures are among the most requested in the entire industry. Environmental factors and time can have huge effects on facial features. Genetics also play a major role in determining appearance and many patients were not lucky enough to be born with perfect bone structure. In order to enhance bone structure and overall appearance, Dr. Tavoussi may employ facial implants. Facial Augmentation Implants The shape of the face is determined by the underlying bones that make up the facial skeleton and by the skin that drapes over these supporting structures and is responsible for facial features. In some individuals, their skeletal framework is not very pronounced and even aging bone structures can be augmented and enhanced using facial implants. Areas that can benefit from facial augmentation implants that accentuate certain facial features include the cheekbones, the chin, the nose, and the lower jaw. Implants are constructed from a variety of materials including plastic composites and sometimes the patient’s own bone grafts. Once the implants are firmly in place, the skin is re-draped over the implanted area, allowing the face to appear tighter, fuller and more youthful than before. Facial implants provide a healthy and youthful appearance and supplant the need for more extensive skeletal lift procedures. The incisions themselves are generally well-camouflaged because they are strategically placed and very small. Once the procedure has been completed, results are immediately evident. Chin Implants A chin augmentation uses surgical implants to alter the underlying structure of the face, providing a higher degree of symmetry to the facial features. This operation is very often performed in concert with other procedures such as rhinoplasty to help balance the facial proportions. Chin augmentation may be achieved by manipulation or an implantation of the jaw bone. This combination of augmentation and implant techniques usually provides a more dramatic correction than with the use of only prosthetic implants. Chin implants are designed to build a better profile and compensate for a disappearing chin. Usually, the patient’s own bone is grafted from a rib and sometimes from part of the ilium, which resides in the pelvic region. One of the downsides of bone grafts is the risk of infection. Studies have shown that the use of grafted bone implants in chin augmentation, even the patient’s own, is associated with a higher rate of infection, even after the implant has been in place for years. Chin augmentation is a popular option in Newport Beach, Orange County because of the relative ease and the dramatic effect of the procedure. Chin or jaw implant procedures are usually performed by an oral or maxillofacial surgeon, otolaryngologist, or plastic surgeon. Cheek Implants Facial implants also encompass cheek augmentations. Cheek implantation is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is intended to emphasize the high bone structure associated with beauty. To perform a cheek augmentation, Dr. Tavoussi will place a solid implant over the cheekbone and reshape the material. Injectable soft tissue fillers comprised of the patient’s own fat or synthetic fillers are used to round out the features and leave a natural look. On rare occasions, cuts to the cheek, or zygomatic bone, may be performed. Cheek implants are part of an overall suite of facial implants commonly combined with other procedures, such as a face lift or a chin augmentation.