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Bellevue, Seattle Facial Implants & Augmentation

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Implants made out of various plastic materials can be used to improve the contours of the facial skeleton or to fill in concave surfaces (valleys in the soft tissues).

Chin implant – Mentoplasty

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Chin Implants FAQ

Bony facial skeleton may be changed to achieve more balanced, harmonious and aesthetic proportions. Chin may be enlarged to achieve a pleasing balance between the middle and the lower thirds of the face, often resulting into a dramatic improvement of the entire facial appearance. Chin augmentation is sometimes indicated to balance out a prominent nose. It is performed through a small incision underneath the chin, often in an existing skin crease. The chin implant is then placed under the soft tissue and immediately on top of the jawbone. Chin Implants of different sizes and shapes are available made from a variety of safe, inert plastic materials. A very natural facial appearance is achieved, and within a short time the implant feels as a natural part of the bony facial skeleton. The bandage dressing is removed in two days and most of the swelling is resolved in about one to two weeks. Return to work is often possible in just two to four days.


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Cheek Implants – Malarplasty

Cheek Implants

High cheek bones, which give the face a more chiseled, triangular appearance, result from insertion of cheek implants. In another application cheek implants may be employed to eliminate a hollow, gaunt appearance that some people develop with the aging process. Cheek implants can be inserted in conjunction with a facelift procedure. The implant is positioned into a pocket created through an incision inside the mouth hidden under the upper lip. Any visible scar is thus avoided. At the Bel-Red Center for Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Zemplenyi usually performs this procedure under local anesthesia with conscious sedation with the patient having no pain and no recollection of the procedure. Most of the swelling disappears in several days, and normal activity may be resumed in less than one week. A very natural appearance and feel can be achieved.

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Melolabial (Cheek-lip groove) augmentation

The vexing, deep folds, which develop with the aging process between the nose and lip, are not fully erased with a facelift. However, they can be improved with implants made such as the tubular or multi-stranded Gortex implant. Gortex is a soft, pliable, inert, non-absorbable material that does not migrate and does not cause any allergic reactions. It may be inserted without leaving a visible scar. Other absorbable, injectable materials such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra, Bellafill®, fat and others provide a simple alternative for correction of these folds. Yet another surgical option is the minimally invasive suture-assisted cheek lift (also called FeatherliftTM by some practitioners).

Cheek Implants FAQ

Lip Augmentation

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Lip Augmentation FAQ

A beauty ideal women desire are fuller, sensual lips-as defined by Angelina Jolie. The good news is that there are various ways for the not Angelina Jolies among us to achieve a plumper, more youthful lip profile.

A fuller and more youthful appearance of the lips is now easily attainable! Lip augmentation became a very gratifying and popular procedure with the advent of longer lasting, injectable, clear gels derived from hyaluronic acid such as Restylane and Perlane. These materials graduallly absorb in four to seven months making a periodic re-injection necessary. Modern implants made out of FDA-approved SurgiSil implant, are potentially useful in patients who like the effect of the injectable lip enhancing materials but wish to avoid the periodic injections. For those patients who accept the potential risks of lip implants, SurgiSil provides an excellent opportunity for contour improvement of the lips. Implants made out of SurgiSil, a soft, solid silicone material or other plastic materials are successfully used to improve the contours of the facial skeleton or to fill in concave surfaces (valleys in of the soft tissues).

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FAQs

What is a chin implant , mentoplasty, procedure?
A mentoplasty, chin augmentation, is a procedure that reshapes the proportions of the face by inserting a safe FDA approved, plastic implant over the chin. The implant extends a receding chin, balancing the features of the face.
Who is a candidate for a chin implant procedure?
Persons who feel that they have a weak chin, microgenia, out of balance with a prominent nose can benefit from chin augmentation. It is best that candidates have a normal bite.
What are chin implants made out of?
Chin implants are made out of a variety of FDA approved materials which have been safely used for many years. Sialastic, an inert silicone substance, and Gore-Tex a material poduct widely used in medical implants, are used in chin implantation surgery. These materials are well tolerated, are permanent and do not elicit a reaction from the body. Chin implants come in various sizes to best meet individual needs.
What kind of anesthesia is used during a chin implant procedure?
In general, IV anesthesia is used for chin implant surgery. "Twilight sleep" anesthesia uses a sedating medication administered though soft IV tubing to keep the patient comfortable, pain free and without recollection of the the procedure. There is no breathing tube placed in the throat. Patients wake up quickly, able to go home within half an hour to an hour.
How can I prepare for a chin implant?
Two weeks before surgery aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications and herbal supplements which may increase the chance of bleeding should be stopped. Patients should not smoke prior to surgery since smoking delays healing. You will need someone to bring you to surgery, take you home and stay with you after the procedure. Instructions will be given at your preoperative visit.
What can I expect during the chin implant procedure?
The incision for chin implant insertion can be made inconspicuously in the crease under the chin or in the mouth. A pocket is made in the soft tissues in front of the chin bone and under the muscle. the chin implant is slipped into the pocket and sewn in place. The chin incision under the chin is then sutured. The procedure takes from one to three hours.
What can I expect post-procedure?
A pressure bandage will be placed across the chin after the procedure to keep minimize swelling and bruising. The dressing is removed after one to two days. Bruising and swelling resolve over the next one to two weeks. Pain is usually controlled with oral pain medication. If the chin implant has been inserted through the chin, the sutures are removed after a week and the incision line usually heals to an imperceptible line.
What is the recovery time for chin implant?
Patients can usually return to social and work activities within two to four days as bruising and swelling decrease. Discomfort can be relieved with oral medications.
What risks are associated with chin implant?
Bruising and swelling are commonly seen after surgery. Other risks include movement of the implant, numbness, irregular contour, asymmetry, fluid accumulation, bleeding, infection, need for revision, scarring. As with any surgery, there are cardiac and pulmonary risks of anesthesia.
What is the cost for chin implants?
The cost for chin implants will be discussed at the time of the pre-operative visit.
What is the recovery time for cheek implant?
Patients can usually return to social and work activities within two to four days as bruising and swelling decrease. Discomfort can be relieved with oral medications.
What can I expect post cheek implant procedure?
There is some swelling and bruising after the procedure most of which resolves over about a week. While augmentation of the area is seen right after the procedure, the final result appears after several months as residual swelling gradually goes away. Activities such as talking, smiling and eating can be temporarily affected early after the procedure.
What can I expect during the cheek implant procedure?
Cheek implants are inserted through an incision inside the mouth, hidden under the upper lip so scarring is not a consideration. If the cheek implant procedure is being done in conjunction with other procedures such as a facelift, the implant insertion can be made through incisions made for those procedures. A pocket is created for placement of the implant with meticulous attention given to symmetry. Cheek augmentation can also be accomplished with demal filler injection. Fillers such as Radiesse, Voluma, Restylane, Bellafill®, Perlane can be used to enhance cheek contour.
How can I prepare for a cheek implant?
Two weeks before surgery, aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications and herbal supplements, which may increase the chance of bleeding, should be stopped. Patients should not smoke prior to surgery since smoking delays healing. You will need someone to bring you to surgery, take you home and stay with you after the procedure. Instructions will be given at your preoperative visit.
What kind of anesthesia is used during a cheek implant procedure?
In general, IV anesthesia is used for cheek implant surgery. "Twilight sleep" anesthesia uses a sedating medication administered though soft IV tubing to keep the patient comfortable, pain free and without recollection of the the procedure. There is no breathing tube placed in the throat. Patients wake up quickly, able to go home within half an hour to an hour.
What are cheek implants made out of?
Cheek implants are made out of FDA approved materials which have been safely used for many years. Sialastic, an inert silicone substance widely used in medical implants, is used in cheek implantation surgery. These material is well tolerated, permanent and does not elicit a reaction from the body. Cheek implants come in various sizes to best meet individual needs.
Who is a candidate for a cheek implant procedure?
Persons who wish to increase the definition of their cheeks are candidates for the cheek implant procedure. Whether the lack of prominence of your cheekbone structure has bothered you for a long time or if the loss of fat and volume has developed with aging, cheek implants can reconfigure the cheek area to a fuller, more pleasing profile.
What is a cheek implant, malarplasty, procedure and what can it accomplish?
A malarplasty or cheek augmentation, is a procedure to increase the definition of the cheekbones. The cheek area is enhanced by inserting an FDA approved, silicone rubber implant over the existing bony structure. The implant fills missing volume and provides support for the muscle and fat. Replenishing lost cheek volume also helps raise the sagging skin and muscle below. As a result, marionette lines around the mouth are softened and smile lines around the nose become less prominent. With enhancement, the cheekbone area becomes a more prominent facial highlight for both men and women. Cheek implants are a permanent addition which feels smooth and natural to the touch.
What is the cost for cheek implants?
The cost for chin implants will be discussed at the time of the pre-operative visit.
What risks are associated with cheek implant?
Bruising and swelling are commonly seen after surgery. Other risks include movement of the implant, numbness, irregular contour, asymmetry, fluid accumulation, bleeding, infection, need for revision, scarring. As with any surgery, there are cardiac and pulmonary risks of anesthesia. The silicone implants can be removed.
What is the recovery time for lip augmentation?
Activity is not limited after lip augmentation procedures and patients can resume work and social activities the next day. Cover up make up can camouflage discoloration.
What can I expect after lip a augmentation procedure?
After filler injection there can be swelling and bruising and tenderness which resolves over a day or several days. The area may Ice can be applied to the area to decrease on swelling. Fat transfer after liposuction will involve swelling and bruising of the donor and recipient areas. The donor area will be covered by a dressing. Any pain can easily be relieved with oral pain medication. After permanent implant insertion the area will be swollen and tender. The bruising, swelling and tenderness usually subsides over a week. Any discomfort can be alleviated with oral medication.
What can I expect during the lip augmentation procedure?
Filler injection can be performed quickly in the office with little downtime. The area to be injected is disinfected, any anesthetic to be used is applied and the filler is injected. Dr. Zemplenyi instead of a needle, uses a narrow cannula to decrease tissue trauma and increased comfort. Ice is then applied to the area to decrease swelling. Fat injection or permanent lip implant require more time for the procedure and recovery afterward. -Fat grafting involves liposuction of the area from which the fat is gathered, treatment of the gathered fat and injection into the recipient site. -For permanent lip augmentation, local anesthetic is used to numb the area, a tiny incision is made in one inside corner of the mouth, a tunnel is dissected to the other side of the mouth and the implant is inserted through the newly made space. Scarring is not an issue because the tiny incisions are made on the inside of the mouth.
How can I prepare for lip augmentation?
It is best to not use aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications and herbal supplements, which may increase the chance of bleeding, before the procedure because these promote bleeding and may increase bruising.
What kind of anesthesia is used during lip augmentation?
Fillers contain anesthetic in the filler itself to numb the area and minimize discomfort. Topical anesthetic cream or ice can be applied to the area to be treated. Dr. Zemplenyi also uses a vibratory anesthetic device to decrease pain sensation. If fat transfer is used for lip augmentation, local anesthesia is used in the area from which the fat is gathered and around the lip for comfort during the fat injection. For permanent lip augmentation, local anesthetic is injected around the lip to numb the area during insertion of the augmenting material.
What are kind of products are use for lip augmentation?
Fillers, such as Restylane, Juvederm, and Perlane are frequently used to volumize lips, as they are to fill marionette folds or smile lines around the nose. These are hyaluronic acid fillers, a substance naturally found in the body, and therefore do not stimulate a foreign body or allergic reaction by our bodies. These require retreatment about every three to six months to maintain a full appearance since the filler gel is reabsorbed by the body.  Areas with frequent movement, such as the lips, require more frequent treatment because the constant movement of the area causes faster absorption of the filler.   Besides dermal fillers, your own fat, gathered from parts of your body with fat to spare, can be injected into the lips for augmentation. Known as fat transfer, fat grafting, fat injection this is a more permanent solution to lip augmentation because, while some of the injected fat disappears over time, a portion stays permanently. For permanent lip enhancement, SurgiSil, an FDA approved soft silicone solid implant can be used.  It comes in various sizes to best suit a person's needs.  While permanent, it is easily removable should that be desired.
Who is a candidate for lip augmentation?
Persons who wish to regain the volume that lips have lost, plump thin lips, or soften lip lines can benefit from lip augmentation.
What is lip augmentaion and what can it accomplish?
Lip augmentation is a procedure to give you fuller, more sensual lips. Enhancing lips not only adds volume to thinning lips but erases the lines that, with age, form on and around the lips. The process can also elevate droopy corners of the lips. This effect be accomplished by injection of temporary fillers or insertion of permanent material which does require repeat treatment to maintain the plumper look.
What risks are associated with lip augmentation?
Swelling, bruising and tenderness are common temporary sequelae of lip augmentation procedures. Other risks are longer lasting swelling, infection, bleeding, asymmetry, lumps and irregularities. Fillers, rarely, if injected into a blood vessel can cause tissue ulceration and scarring. Implants, if not desired, can be removed.
What is the cost of lip augmentation?
The cost for lip augmentation fillers and implants depends on the filler and the amount used. The cost of permanent implants will be discussed at the time of the pre-operative visit.