Midface Implants are most often used to improve midface facial structure or to minimize acne scarring. The implants are a solid, alloplastic, silicone material, which have been contoured exactly to match the facial anatomy. They are placed in a pocket in the deep structure of the face to lift and contour, giving back definition to the midface.
Implants are inserted through small incisions inside the mouth under the upper lip. Proper symmetry is achieved by positioning the implants into place. Because suture (stitches) material is usually of a biodegradable nature, suture removal is unnecessary.
Minimal swelling, numbness, and some bruising may occur, especially for the first few days. Brushing of the teeth is allowed the next day. Due to natural differences of the sides of the face and swelling, the face may appear asymmetrical at first. Best results are commonly visible in a few days. Malarplasty is performed under sedation with local anesthesia. The surgery takes approximately one hour. If additional reshaping of the face is desired Malarplasty can be combined with Dr. Gilmore's Facial J-Lift to give ultimate correction.