Anybody looking to enhance, rejuvenate, define or sharpen up a facial feature may at some point find themselves considering cosmetic or plastic surgery.
Facial implants are used to bring better balance and proportion to the structure of the face by inserting an implant below the surface of the skin to improve definition.
The most common areas for using facial implants are:
- Jaw line
Unlike breast implants which are soft and jelly-like, facial implants are solid construction. They are usually made of silicone, although other options are high-density porous polyethylene and ePTFE which is also known as Gore-Tex.
However, the use of facial implants does carry a number of not insignificant risks which must be considered.
- Firstly, an implant may “move” beneath the surface of the skin, which can lend a very peculiar look to the patient’s face until they are able to have a second session of surgery.
- Secondly, the incisions where the implants are inserted beneath the skin will leave scarring. When this is on the face, it is very obvious.
- Thirdly, bleeding and infection are higher risks on facial surgery than in other areas, as are sensitivity and damage to structures within the skin.
If the look isn’t right (for example, the profile has been made too great or in the wrong place) then only further surgery can fix it.
Non-Surgical Facial Contouring
By comparison, non-surgical facial contouring offers a very appealing alternative.
Facial doctors are able to add definition to specific areas of the face by using the latest injectable dermal fillers and long-lasting sculptra injections. These are temporary in effect so the treatment will need repeating. However, the use of injectable fillers offers a series of benefits over surgery, including:
- Softer result – fillers can be gradually and artistically added to give a natural-looking yet effective result
- No surgery – no incisions, no hospital stay, no anaesthetic
- Cheaper than surgery
- Faster recovery with significantly lower risks of bruising/bleeding
- No risk of the shape “moving” as with loose implants
- Filler use can be adjusted to suit the changes in facial anatomy that come with age – a more flexible approach in the long term
Dr Kubicka uses fillers extensively in her London clinic, not only for anti-ageing (smoothing out lines and wrinkles) but also for facial contouring such as reshaping noses, adding volume to weak chins, raising the profile of cheekbones or redefining the jaw line.
“The results that can be achieved with injectable fillers are in my opinion superior in many cases to the outcome that would be delivered with facial implants. The results are softer and more natural and as the procedure is non-surgical, the risks are significantly lower.”
“I would advise anyone considering facial contouring work to explore the non-surgical route first.”
Dr Kubicka has an excellent reputation for natural looking yet highly effective results in anti-ageing, using botox, fillers, Mesotherapy, peels and dermaroller as well as innovative PRP (platelet rich plasma therapy) and PDT (photo dynamic therapy) and works closely with leading manufacturers to be ahead of any new developments.
In addition, Dr Kubicka offers treatment for difficult skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, spider veins, hyperhidrosis, acne and acne scarring among others.
For further information or to arrange a confidential consultation, please contact us:
Tel: 0207 125 0521
Address: Clinicbe®, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X