I can only answer this important question in general terms. I really need to consult with you and examine your face. However I hope you find my answers helpful.
All of us are individuals with specific needs and desires as it relates in to facial rejuvenation.
In my practice I offer many modalities for treatment:
“One Goal Many Options” . So it really depends on what the patients needs, wants and desires are:
- Skin Tightening
- Fat removal
- Adding contour
- Removing wrinkles
- Removing aging spots
In general the costs/fees are 30-40% less than a surgical procedures
Caveat: like in life you usually get what what you pay for… if you need a surgical procedure it will always be better and longer lasting than a non surgical procedure.
Having a Liquid Face Lift and a more traditional face lift are NOT mutually exclusive. Depending on what specfic “Liquid Face Lift” procedure was performed and complete resolution of swelling (usually several weeks) from the Liquid Face Lift the tradional face lift could be scheduled and performed.
The general term of “ liquid face lift” often and most frequently refers to a non surgical enhancement using combination of the following or minimally invasive rejuvenation.
These non surgical alternatives include:
- skin tighenting: Lasers(fractionated or ablative CO2RE), topical Radio Frequency (ELOS Sublative or Sublime) or chemical peels.
- Facial augmentation: Fillers(hyaluronics: Juvederm, Vobella, and Restylane. etc)
- Collagen Stimulants: Sculptra, Retinae A
- Neuromodulators: (Botox, Dysport, etc)
- Skin discoloration: reds (V-Beam laser), browns
(Intense pulse light and hydroquinones)
Minimally invasive include the above and into addition:
- Enzymatic removal of fat under the chin: Kybella
- Under chin liposuction using local anesthesia
- Under chin skin tighenting injectable Radio Frequency ie Thermi
Therefore a traditional face lift (there again a surgical face face varies from a mini to s full) or liquid face lift is not “better” than each other. It really depends on the :
- The facial anatomy
- The aging process
- The acceptance of surgery
- The desired result
- The patients budget
I call combining multiple modalities wether it be non surgical, minimally invasive or short incision/rapid recovery surgery “Synergy”…. 1 + 1 + 1 does NOT equal 3 but 5, 6 or even 10!
The attractive faces are always balanced faces.
Much time and energy has gone into measuring and correlating the relationships of the boney anatomy and developing normative data. The collective data is called cephalometrics.
This data has led to terms to discuss the chin and its relationship to the other anatomical landmarks of the face as it relates to the chin
Micrognathia: is when the chin and lower jaw is small in size
Retrognathia: is when the chin is displaced backwards
macrognathia: is a large protruding lower jaw
For major imbalances surgical correction is referred to as orthognathic surgery: correcting the deformities of the jaw and the associated malocclusion of the teeth .
For the common minor imbalances of the chin due to its small size a chin implant is often placed to create balance and better definition of the lower jaw line.
First, any time a surgery is performed there will be a incision and a resultant scar. The job of the Plastic Surgeon is to minimize the scar appearance and hide its location
There are two access incisions choices
- intro oral (along the gum line)
+ no Visable external scar
– slight increase in infection
- Under the chin (through a crease about a 1/2 back of the point of the chin
+ decrease chance for infection
– well hidden incision (that only dogs see!)
So, depending where the placement of the scar is originally placed for chin implant placement , in general, is where the the incision is used for implant removal.
Of course if the chin incision was used for chin implant placement and was well healed you could always use the intraoral approach for removal.
The pain after chin augmentation
is usually at the incision site and around the chin area.
The muscles of mastication (chewing muscles) are towards the back of the mandible (jaw bone) and are not disturbed during the implant placement.
Therefore normal chewing and eating is not affected by chin implant placement.