Facial implants were designed to permanently reshape and enhance specific features of the face. Just like implants of the body, there is the number of facial implant options to choose from. These implants can be fully customized to meet the specific needs of each individual patient. The implant itself is a solid, synthetic material that is compatible with human tissue, adding body and contour to facial structure. Here are four different types of facial implants for men to choose from.
1. Chin Implant
A chin implant will increase the size and prominence to become proportional to the mid-face and forehead. The implant will be positioned internally right under the bottom lip or under the chin.
Typically, patients who undergo a chin implant have a small chin that disappears into the neck. Not only does this implant improve one’s facial profile, but it also strengthens the chin. If the chin does not fully develop, weakening problems will arise as well as a receding chin. Having a weak chin creates an imbalance of the face, making the nose look larger, midface top-heavy, the lower face looks short, and it de-emphasizes the lips. Results are often dependent on the patient’s desired look.
2. Jaw Implant
A jaw implant is similar to the chin implant as it will create a fuller, more prominent looking jaw. This implant enhances the bone structure and is placed on the jawline, an area known for being associated with an attractive masculine appearance. This augmentation is usually paired with the chin implant to create a fuller lower face, but this pairing is completely optional.
Patients who choose this implant have wide lower faces who want to have a defined jawline. Also, these facial implants are also best for candidates who suffer from overbites, misaligned teeth, open bites, or other abnormal bites that affect one’s appearance.
3. Malar Implants
Malar implants, also known as a cheek implant, increases the projection of the cheekbones. This augmentation is popular for individuals who have a weak facial bone structure. With a malar implant, the cheekbones will go from a flat surface to a more full structure. Because the malar region projects more than any other part of a person’s midface skeleton, the implant will be placed right on top of the existing cheekbone for the best result.
Patients will find that their cheeks are very prominent in their appearance. The more hollow the cheeks are, the older you will look. This causes people to look older than they actually are. Whether it be from aging or simply losing the bone structure (or density), the cheek implants will ensure the fullness of the cheekbone structure.
4. Nasal Implant
A nasal implant focuses on the shape of the nose. The implant will support the upper and lower lateral of the cartilage. By doing so, cartilage support will create an open airway, making it easier for patients to breathe.
This implant is more popular for individuals who have a hard time breathing. This is usually caused by a trauma-related injury or defects that remain from childhood. Patients who had this procedure found improvements including:
- Reduced congestion and stuffiness
- Improved ability to retain air through the nose while exercising
- Reduced blockage or interference
- Better sleeping habits
- Easier to breathe overall through the nose
Determining if You’re a Good Candidate For Facial Implants
Facial implants are best to be performed on individuals whose skull and head have reached physical maturity, usually adulthood. It is also very popular for patients to go through this process after a trauma-related injury that was damaging to the face. Ideal candidates also include those who are non-smokers, are physically healthy, and contain a positive outlook on the procedures with specific and realistic goals for the surgeon to achieve.
Patients will sit down with their doctor before the procedure to discuss and examine the patient’s desires, this also includes body implants. This will help the patient and doctor understand the expectations and limitations.