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Improve Facelift Results With Facial Implants

Defined, angular facial features not only distinguish facial beauty but also point to youth and vitality. Age-induced skin laxity produces sagging cheeks and jowls, and the cheeks, jawbone, and neckline often lose their youthful definition. Patients who would like to reap the greatest benefits from their facelift should consider combining their facelift with facial implants or fat injections to enhance their facial structure. Alternatively, a deep plane facelift may accomplish both, without implants.

Cheek Surgery GraphicFacial Structure and Aging

New scientific research has shown that facial structure can be adversely affected by the aging process. The bones of the body, formerly perceived as relatively static once we reach adulthood, are now known to be constantly changing. This is why individuals tend to lose stature and become shorter as they age. In several studies of men and women ranging in age from 20 to 65+, researchers discovered that the older individuals had comparatively shorter jaws, receded chins, sinking cheekbones, and lower rims of the eye sockets. This research suggests that aging leads to a loss of bone support and structure in the face, specifically in the jaws, cheeks, and eye-socket bones. This reduction in structural support demonstrates that skin and soft tissue laxity are not the only cause of sagging cheeks, jowls, and drooping brows.

Facelift Surgery and Facial Implants

Beautiful long curly blond hairstyle female portraitWhile facelift surgery has advanced far beyond the “cut and pull” techniques of the 20th century, it still focuses on the soft tissue rather than the bones. Experienced facial surgeons can skillfully tighten and lift the muscles, tissues, and skin of the face to rejuvenate the appearance. Surgeons may also use fat injections or dermal fillers to reverse facial volume loss. With these techniques, a facial surgeon can noticeably rejuvenate the face with natural-looking results. But to adequately address age-related bone loss and achieve the most dramatic results, it may be advisable to incorporate facial implants with facelift surgery.

Facial implants are used to augment the facial skeleton in the following ways:

  • Chin implants are used to enhance a receded chin and improve the balance and definition of the profile and neckline.
  • Cheek implants, cheek fillers (such as JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC), or fat transfer are used to create a more angular face shape and counteract sagging cheeks.
  • Sub-malar implants or fat transfer are used to restore youthful fullness to the midface by elevating the area below the cheekbones and above the nasolabial folds.
  • Jaw angle implants or facial fillers are used to enhance a small jaw and restore jaw definition loss from sagging jowls.

Since research shows that bone loss occurs as we age, bone implants can be just as important for facial rejuvenation as skin and muscle tightening. Facial implants are long lasting and can enhance the results of facelift surgery. When placed on the facial bones, implants serve as part of your facial skeleton and can support the soft tissues in their newly tightened and lifted positions. Strengthening the facial structure with implants can counteract the loss of bone definition due to aging and restore a youthful, natural-looking appearance.

Surgeries That Enhance Facial Structure

While some facial plastic surgeries are designed to recreate a more youthful appearance, others are designed to enhance your natural beauty. The following surgeries that enhance the structure of the face can improve your natural attractiveness. Some of these procedures may be appropriate even for young patients and can create a more aesthetically pleasing and well-defined face shape.

Why Facial Structure Matters

Before and After Chin ImplantsThe structure of the face is built around the balance of all your facial features. The angle, prominence, and proportion of each feature in relation to the others determine facial attractiveness. By enhancing a feature that is deficient in some way or by minimizing an area that is overly prominent, the overall face appears more harmonious. A face that is well-balanced is generally considered to be more attractive, youthful, and likable.


Rhinoplasty candidates may feel that their noses are the most prominent and flawed feature on their face. Whether you are unhappy with the size of your nose, the shape of its tip, bumps on your nasal bridge, the width of your nostrils, or other issues, rhinoplasty can help. Rhinoplasty improves the aesthetic appearance of the nose so that it is more balanced with the rest of the face. This allows it to blend naturally rather than stand out, thereby enhancing facial structure and overall facial attractiveness. Even younger patients who are adequately prepared can undergo teenage rhinoplasty.


Otoplasty can improve facial harmony by restructuring the ears so that they are smaller, more natural in appearance, and/or lie flatter against the head. When the ears are made to be less prominent, the remaining facial features become more of a focal point. Ear surgery may be appropriate even for children as young as 6 years old.

Lip Enhancement

Lip enhancement can improve the appearance of the lips and mouth. Using fillers, reshaping, implants, or a lip lift, a surgeon can make the lips appear more prominent, shapely, and youthful. Lip enhancement may be recommended for individuals with naturally thin or flat lips or for individuals whose lips have become thinner with age. Additionally, if the lips are naturally oversized, a lip reduction can reduce their size so that they are more proportionate to the other facial features.

Facial Implants

Facial implants can have a profound impact on the appearance of the face as a whole. Where the facial skeleton is deficient, implants can be inserted to improve definition and create better angles and contours. For example, a chin implant often improves the balance of the nose and chin and alters the look of the entire face. Cheek implants, sub-malar implants, or jaw angle implants can augment these features to enhance facial structure. Since the facial bones change shape with age, facial implants can also restore more youthful facial contours.

When choosing your facial rejuvenation or enhancement treatments, consider whether you would like to enhance your facial structure by undergoing one or more of these procedures. Dr. Pearlman is a distinguished facial, plastic, and reconstructive surgeon and can advise you regarding which procedures will help you achieve your aesthetic ideals. To request your personal consultation with Dr. Pearlman, please contact us online or call (212) 223-8300 today.

The Advantages of Facial Implants Over Fillers

In the plastic surgery industry, facial enhancement can be achieved through several different methods. Dermal fillers and facial implants are two of the most frequently used techniques for improving the appearance of the face. While fillers offer excellent temporary results, facial implants have several advantages that may distinguish them as a preferable treatment for facial enhancement.

Facial Implants Produce Long lasting Results

While facial fillers require repeat treatments to maintain the effects, facial implants produce long lasting results. A single surgical procedure is performed to insert the implant(s) into the desired area(s) of the face, after which the implant(s) will long lastingly augment the facial structure. Patients need not return for additional treatments but can enjoy their long lastingly enhanced appearance.

Facial Implants Provide Augmentation of the Facial Structure

Unlike fillers, which enhance the face by filling out the skin, facial implants augment the skeletal structure of the face. By addressing the underlying skeletal structure, facial implants can significantly improve the appearance and shape of the face. Additionally, it is only with facial implants that a weak chin, ill-defined cheeks, or other related issues can be resolved.

Before and After Facial ImplantsFacial Implants Establish Balance Between the Facial Features

For some individuals, the facial features appear out of balance. A common example is a receding chin with a prominent nose. Facial implants can establish balance between the facial features by bringing them into proper alignment with each other. Inserting a chin implant, cheek implants, or jaw angle implants can augment areas that were previously weak so that the facial features are more harmonious. Many patients who desire rhinoplasty can benefit from also receiving a chin implant to sculpt a more attractive facial profile.

Facial Implants Improve Facial Definition

An attractive face is well-defined, with clear lines distinguishing the features from each other. In particular, the jawline, cheeks, and chin should all have strong angles, lines, and curves. Some individuals lack this natural facial definition or lose it as they age. Facial implants can improve facial definition and balance by creating attractive shapes and angles to highlight your facial contours.

Facial implants can long lastingly improve facial definition, structure, and balance between the facial features to create a more attractive and youthful appearance. Schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Pearlman by calling 212-223-8300 or filling out our online contact form today.

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