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Have facial fillers replaced facial implants?

Published onJuly 8, 2013

Here’s the quick answer: Yes, facial fillers have absolutely and categorically replaced facial implants for routine cosmetic surgery needs.

Just as it’s important to beware of new fads and misleading marketing hypes, as we often discuss on this blog as an education tool, it is also essential to know what real advances in cosmetic medicine have been made in order to understand your best options for improving your appearance through cosmetic treatment. Facial implants were once very popular in cosmetic surgery, and they were an important technology for their time. Today, however, facial fillers are almost always a better option than facial implants.

The advantages of facial fillers are numerous. One major obvious reason is the simple fact that they are a nonsurgical option, which can be given comfortably in a outpatient office visit for immediate results and essentially no down-time. Facial fillers are long-lasting, but they are also adjustable and not permanent. This means that, if for any reason you are dissatisfied with your results, they can be adjusted with the placement of a controlled amount the enzyme hyaluronidase, and your outcome can even be “erased” were this to ever be necessary. On the other hand, you will see a meaningful difference in your appearance by this correction of volume deficiency right away, because facial fillers address root causes of aesthetic problems associated with aging and loss of critical facial volume. No amount of make-up or creams can resolve the fundamental, underlying issues of loss of tissue, sagging features, or the descent of the malar fat pad over time. Facial fillers can help you retain your youthful appearance, but without the risk of surgery or complications that are at times associated with facial implants.

Facial implants are not completely obsolete, however. There are instances where a carefully designed facial implant can benefit an individual, depending upon their circumstances. Dr. Steinsapir is a pioneer of the hand carved ePTFE orbital rim implant used in the vertical midface lift. The vertical midface lift is very effective in addressing volume deficits in the midface area following incidents of trauma or prior surgery. This can also effectively correct problems experienced by patients who had previous cheek implants and hollow lower eyelids due to the placement of these old implants. Today, benefit can often be obtained by removing former cheek implants as part of a vertical midface lift, and by using facial fillers and a hand-carved ePTFE implant to improve the appearance and correct any longstanding issues. Again, with the advent of excellent long-term fillers like Restylane Lyft®, many volume needs can be met with an office-based filler service, no surgery, and almost no downtime, rather than with an implant. Whenever possible, facial fillers are the best option; your cosmetic surgeon can help you better understand your options.

Most people find that they are extremely happy with their facial filler results, seeing that the volume correction offered by fillers like Restylane and Restylane Lyft® appears natural. These filler products, distributed by Galderma, Inc., are ideal for use in the face because of their consistency, “smoothness,” safety, and ease of placement. They are long-lasting yet impermanent, so you can opt for occasional “tune-up” adjustments every several months, or if you decide the look is not right for you then you can simply let the effect wear off, or have them adjusted or eliminated with a comfortable outpatient office visit where a small injection of an enzyme can modify your outcome.

Please call today to learn more about the benefits you can obtain comfortably, safely, and nonsurgically via customized filler placement with Dr. Steinsapir, a board-certified eye surgeon and fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeon and cosmetic surgeon in Los Angeles. Dr. Steinsapir is one of the top providers of Galderma fillers and among the few specialists who makes the correction volume deficiencies with minimally invasive fillers a major focus of his practice.

About Dr. Steinsapir
Dr. Steinsapir is a board certified eye surgeon and fellowship-trained in oculoplastic surgery and cosmetic surgery in Los Angeles 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.

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