Have people commented that you look unhappy or upset when you are feeling neither? Do you look in the mirror and pull your facial skin this way and that, wondering what you can do about those deep lines and creases running down from the sides of your nose to the corners of the mouth, called nasolabial folds, or commonly, the “smile lines”? Or the deep lines running down from the corners of your mouth to your chin, commonly called the “marionette lines”? As we age, our collagen production decreases leading to those deep wrinkles.
Until recently, you had only one option for filling those lines: frequent and costly injections. While these fillers can be a good stopgap, they are not a permanent solution. Not even a full face lift can correct these deep lines.
Now a remarkable product, ePTFE Implant, is being used to treat those areas permanently. Yes, permanent facial implants!
This soft material is not new on the medical front. It has been safely used for decades in the human body for grafting blood vessels, and used for over thirty years in the face. When implanted under the skin in the deep lines of the face, this material acts just like natural collagen to plump out and fill in the area for a natural, youthful appearance.
Dr. Singer, a Harvard Medical Graduate and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Pinellas County, is one of only a handful of plastic surgeons offering this procedure in the Tampa Bay area.
Fast, Simple, Out-Patient Procedure
Placement of ePTFE Implants is performed in a minimally invasive procedure in less than an hour under local anesthesia, resulting in predictable outcomes with results that last for years, compared to fillers that are reabsorbed within months and require repeated treatments to maintain results.
Two small incisions are made at the ends of the implant site and a small tunnel or pocket (under the skin) is made between these incisions for placement of the ePTFE Implant. The implant is inserted and gently positioned. The incisions are closed with sutures, which are removed in 4 to 5 days.
Immediately Following Treatment
Patients are up and around immediately after receiving ePTFE Implants and although soft tissue restoration is visible immediately, some swelling, bruising or discomfort may occur. Most patients can return to normal activities the next day. Most swelling, bruising and discomfort should disappear after the first week.
Although ePTFE is an extremely soft facial implant, you may always feel the implant under your skin. The healing and facial restoration is complete within 3 to 4 months.
ePTFE Benefits Are Important
The procedure is both cost and time effective for the patient. The cost of the implant is comparable to that of four or five filler injections per area treated, and after a brief follow up, no further office visits are needed.
To find out if ePTFE Facial Implants are right for you, contact our office to schedule your consultation!