The signs of aging begin very subtly, yet they can cause negative emotions. Such signs include sunken, sagging cheeks, pronounced grooves around the mouth and forehead and thinning of the lips. Injectable soft tissue fillers can be used during office visits and if used properly they create a natural and significant improvement..
Cheek and Malar Augmentation
In younger patients, cheeks may have been genetically destined to be unusually flat or lack balance with the rest of the face. In order to obtain better facial proportions medical grade implants can be used. Such procedures are reversible and are done without external facial scarring.
Mentoplasty- Chin Augmentation
Chin augmentation is usually not carried out until the age of 20 when the development of the bone is considered complete. The surgery may be done under local anesthesia. It is performed through a small incision made under the chin. In some instances, the incision may be made inside the mouth.
The healing is usually complete in one week. A medical grade synthetic implant is used to increase chin projection. This material has been used in thousands of cases and it is recognized to be completely safe. It resembles the consistency of the patient's own tissues and creates a very natural contour. It is very difficult therefore to detect the presence of the implant in the chin after a short time following the operation.
Some degree of swelling and bruising persists up to two or three weeks following surgery. At times, the movements of the lower lip are slightly restricted for a few weeks until the muscle recovers and tissue swelling subsides. This may only be apparent to the patient. Occasionally small areas of numbness may be noticed around the chin and lip. This is usually transient and permanent complications are extremely rare.
Lip Augmentation is a procedure which uses synthetic or biological products or surgical restructuring to enhance the lips in many ways. Augmentation can be achieved by many procedures, some are better than others. Such treatment is available for persons with small, deflated lips, asymmetry, or wrinkling from smoking or aging.
Depending on the problem there are many ways to augment lips, included are synthetic fillers, one’s own fat injected, or surgical manipulation of the lip to rotate it in order to create a fuller look.
After Your Facial Surgery
Swelling is always present after all facial operations. It will be decreased if you sleep in an elevated position and spend most of the daytime out of bed.
You should avoid straining, bending and lifting.
The discomfort is usually moderate and controlled by pain killing medication. Do not take any preparations containing aspirin or vitamin E for three weeks before your scheduled surgery and ten days after surgery. You will receive a complete list of instructions that must be followed. Strenuous exercise has to be postponed for six weeks following surgery.
Immediately after surgery, on rare occasions some patients may feel depressed. Such a psychological reaction is usually transient and does not require medication.
Sun lamps and excessive exposure to sunshine is harmful particularly during the first six months. It is better to avoid such exposure for up to one year. Sun screens (at least 30 SPF) must also be used.
Numb areas of the face following some of the procedures (ie. nasal surgery or face lift) may be responsible for frost bite during the first six to eight months following the operation. Prolonged exposure to severe weather conditions should thus be avoided.