Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara offers facial augmentation which is not to be confused with a face lift surgery. Facial augmentation is done to change the contours of the face to add a more balanced, youthful appearance. A youthful face typically looks like an upside down triangle, with plumpness and volume in the upper half of the face. As we age, the face shape may change to more of a triangle where the heaviness lies in the lower half of the face (due to gravity and skin laxity). This can result in a tired, or unhappy looking, appearance. Facial augmentation can help counter the effects of age.
There are a variety of facial augmentation methods available:
- Implants: Soft-solid alloplastic implants can offer permanent changes. Unlike gel-filled implants, the soft silastic material can be custom cut and shaped without the possible complication of leakage. Areas commonly treated are the nose, cheeks, chin, angle of the jaw, and lips. Augmentation can be done as a stand-alone procedure or in combination with various surgical procedures. The soft-solid alloplastic implants are very well tolerated and, if ever desired, reversible.
- Fat Transplantation: Fat transplantation offers long lasting benefit although the percent of “take” varies with the individual. The ideal area to obtain fat from is the abdomen, although the inner thighs or knees can also be used. What does take is in place for years. The face or breasts are the most popular areas to receive the fat transplant.
- Dermal Fillers: Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse, and Juvederm provide excellent, temporary facial augmentation. Depending on the product used, fillers can last 6 to 18 months. They can “fill” facial creases, wrinkles, flattened cheeks, lower eyelid grooves, lips, and the list goes on.
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