Do Facial Implants Erode the Bone?

More and more people are electing to implant procedures to correct facial areas that they view as “weak”, or that they simply would like to be more prominent for aesthetic reasons. Two of the most common procedures are chin and cheek bone implants. In almost all instances, these procedures have a dramatic—often stunning—effect that is gratifying for both the surgeon and the patient.

Facial Implants & Bone Erosion

Implants are also one of the procedures that raise the most questions—one of the most common of which is, “Will facial implants erode my bones?

If this is a concern of yours going into surgery, you can set your mind at ease.

Will facial implants cause bone erosion?

The short answer to this question is, “Possibly, but it’s highly unlikely.”

There are some (although very few) reports of slight bone erosion following facial implants, which is likely where this concern stems from.

With that being said, potential facial implant candidates should find reassurance in the fact that the ratio of surgeons and patients who have not experienced any type of erosion due to implants far outweighs the number of people who have experienced this as a side effect.

It’s much more likely that those who do make this complaint are actually experiencing the every day dynamics of bones.

This is to say that even if you haven’t had any facial implants in your life time, you’ll eventually notice slight bone erosion. Just take a compare a photo of any great movie star from 50 years ago with a current photo, and you’ll undoubtedly notice that once prominent chins, jawlines, and cheek bones are now softened.

How can I minimize erosion?

The biggest cause of bone erosion, whether the person at hand has implants or not, is pressure.

Putting significant pressure on a bone will always cause it erode quicker.

Say for instance you’re concerned about eroding your cheek bones, you might consider sleeping on your back instead of your side.

Another option that won’t necessarily eliminate erosion, but will certainly minimize the visual effects, is opting for dermal fillers in conjunction with facial implants.

Fillers can be re-added every year.

What’s the overall verdict?

At the end of the day, although bone erosion with facial implants is a possibility (albeit a very slim one), nobody should let this fact deter them from undergoing the procedure. Even in cases where bone erosion has been observed, the effects are too negligible to identify with the naked eye.

And of course, if you ever decide that you no longer enjoy your implant, you can have it removed easily with no aesthetic repercussions.

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