The Preoperative Features

  • Loss of underlying fat and support to the face, especially along and under the cheekbones most often seen in association with protease inhibitors prescribed for HIV affected patients.
  • Malnourished appearance.
  • Loose hanging skin especially in the middle part of the face.
  • Deep laugh lines on either side of a raised prominent fold.
  • Sunken cheek pads.
  • Noticeable and prominent outlines to the facial muscles and bones.

The Options

  • Filler materials such as collagen, fat, and dermalogen have been used and are extremely temporary.
  • Grafts placed under the skin surface (subcutanously) and either dissolve over time or have visible irregular edges.
  • Grafts placed below all the layers of the skin and muscle, just above the bone (subperiosteal) that are silicone or other materials and often custom designed adapt and mold to the facial shape and mouth movements, yet substantial enough to fill in the crevices.

The Procedure For Subperiosteal Implants with

  • A local anesthesia is used and it takes about two hours.
  • A very small incision is made inside the mouth high up on the gums and a pocket is made of exact size and proportion to correspond to the area needed to be filled in and the size of the implant.
  • The implant is positioned in this space, deep under the skin, fat and muscle layers. The edges of the implant are therefore not visible on the skin surface and this appears very natural.
  • No drains are needed.
  • The sutures are all invisible and dissolve over time and do not need to be removed.
  • No dressings are required
  • The outcome is dramatic. In addition, the surgery disturbs very little tissue, has minimal risks, heals quickly, has only mild swelling, and provides quick return to work. It can be safely and predictably revised later if you desire even larger or different implants.
  • This procedure does not interfere with other products or types of facial augmentation which may be performed in addition to or after this procedure.
  • This can be combined with the eyelift, forehead lift, cheek or chin implants, neck liposuction, or any other cosmetic surgical procedure.

The Revocery

  • You can go home after several hours.
  • You can shower on the next day after surgery.
  • Usually almost no pain, or occasionally minimal pain that is mostly gone by the second or third day and easily controlled by medications.
  • Swelling which is mild and peaks at two to three days then disappears rapidly over the next three weeks.
  • Minimal if any bruising which is most at two days then disappears rapidly by three to five days.
  • Resume many activities within the first week, and most by at least three weeks.
  • Able to return to work in 2-4 days.

The Result

  • A DRAMATIC improvement that fills in the facial defects and wasting and looks natural.
  • 75-95% improvement in most cases.
  • Quick and comfortable recovery.
  • Very natural, rested, younger appearance.
  • Lasts the rest of your life and always looks better than if you didn't do it.
  • Does not interfere with future, repeat or additional procedures later.
  • Natural and presentable appearance in the first week that just gets better over the next six to nine months.