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Are Chin Implants Obsolete?

Published onNovember 13, 2012

Facial Fillers

While chin implants made of materials like ePTFE, porus polyethylene, or silicone implants were once a popular way to seek improvement in the facial profile, today’s medical technology offers improved alternatives for chin augmentation, such as Restylane.

For the most natural results, a far more organic shape can be achieved with Restylane Lyft®, a stabilized hyaluronic acid filler. Restylane Lyft® is an excellent option for volumizing the face where deficiencies in volume call for treatment in the deep dermis, which is deeper than the ideal placement for Restylane®. This is ideal for the chin, making Restylane Lyft® the preferred modern choice for correcting volume deficiencies in the chin like the “receding chin,” and improving the chin’s contour for an overall enhanced facial profile without the necessity of surgery.

Unlike earlier forms of chin augmentation, the filler Restylane Lyft® is placed nonsurgically and is a highly flexible treatment, although it is also long-lasting. In other words, while a treatment like a silicone implant is essentially permanent, the benefits of Restylane Lyft® can be enjoyed for well over a year, yet the treatment can also be modified or entirely erased with a hyaluronidase enzyme in the unlikely event that treatment modification is needed. In this way you can treat the chin with the peace of mind knowing it can be comfortably performed during an office treatment with results that are more natural than what can be achieved with surgical implants.

As medical technology evolves with research and experience, so does our understanding of cosmetic surgery. This means that procedures once thought to be our best option twenty years ago may not be recommended today. This can be confusing for someone determining what cosmetic procedure is right for them — after all, some old procedures have been improved upon so greatly that they have in essence been replaced (for example, today’s endoscopic forehead lift is a vast improvement to the earlier open forehead lift). It gets confusing because some surgeons cling to old ways of doing things and imply in marketing that the old method is still the best. However, most people understand that if you can accomplish something without surgery and get a result that is even better than surgery, that’s a good thing. Many who investigate chin fillers as an alternative to surgical implants surprise themselves by staying with the filler service rather than ultimately having a surgical implant. Having a surgical result without surgery is pretty great.

How do you make sense of today’s best treatment options? How can you be confident in your facial cosmetic treatment decisions? The key is in your choice of physician. A skilled injector is essential to achieving a balanced facial structure and improvements that are natural to your personal looks. A medi-spa, or a surgeon who performs these services as a sideline, usually lack the specialization and experience necessary to perform a skilled Restylane Lyft® treatment. Please call us today to learn more about Dr. Steinsapir’s specialization in facial cosmetic treatments that achieve a balanced, natural appearance; as well as his leading expertise in Galderma fillers like Restylane Lyft® and Restylane®.

About Dr. Steinsapir

Dr. Steinsapir is a board certified eye surgeon and fellowship-trained in oculofacial plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery in Beverly Hills where he specializes in balanced facial cosmetic surgery for natural results, with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques, fast recovery time, and leadership in medical technology. Dr. Steinsapir has a private practice and also serves as an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Contact us today to learn how Dr. Steinsapir’s experience and training make him an expert in cosmetic surgery, which can be a vital part of your evidence-based treatment plan.

Services described may be “off-label” and lack FDA approval. This article is informational and does not constitute an advertisement for off-label treatment. No services should be provided without a good faith examination by a licensed physician or surgeon and an informed consent with a discussion of risks, benefits, alternatives, and the likelihood of treatment success. Only you and your treating physician or surgeon can determine if a treatment is right for you.

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