appearance of your face is determined by three basic components: skin,
soft tissues and underlying facial bones. If the structure of your face
is disproportionate — the chin is recessed, the jaw undefined or cheeks
are ﬂat — it can significantly affect your self image.
Defined facial features, visible contours and natural angles that are
proportionate all create structural balance in your face and a more
If you are bothered by a small chin, weak jaw or lack of facial
contour, plastic surgery with facial implants may benefit you. While any
area of your face can be augmented with implants, the cheekbones, chin
and jaw are the most common sites for facial implants.
Facial implants bring balance and better
proportion to the structural appearance of your face. They define your
face by increasing projection and creating more distinct features.
What are facial implants?
Facial implants are specially formed solid, biocompatible
materials designed to enhance or augment the physical structure of your
face. The precise type and size of implants best suited for you requires
an evaluation of your goals, the features you wish to correct and your
Chin implants can increase the size and projection of a chin
that does not project in proportion with the forehead and mid-face. A
small or recessed chin can also be described as one that seems to
disappear into the neck of an individual of normal weight, rather than
appearing as a distinct facial feature.
Jaw implants increase the width of the lower third of your
face. Much like the chin, a weak jaw can be thought of as one that is
not well-defined and distinct from the neck, or one that slopes rather
than angles from the ear to the chin. In some cases, both the chin and
jaw can contribute to facial imbalance.
Cheek implants increase the projection of the cheekbones. They add volume to areas which may be recessed or ﬂat.
If symmetry among facial features is part of your goal, facial
implants may be recommended to augment more than one facial region.
It’s important to remember that all of our faces are asymmetric to some
degree and your results may not be completely symmetric. The goal is to
create balance and proportion. Your procedure may be performed alone, or
as a complement to other facial contouring procedures such as nose or
What happens during facial implant surgery?
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical
procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general
anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
The chin: For a chin implant, the incision may be inside your
mouth, along the crease that joins your lower lip and gums. An incision
just beneath the chin is an alternative.
The jaw: These implants are generally placed through the mouth
with incisions inside the mouth, further back along the jawline, at the
crease where the inside of your cheek and gums meet.
The cheek: The specific area to be augmented in the cheek
determines where an implant will be positioned on the cheekbone. Cheek
implants are most often placed through incisions in the mouth. When
performed with other procedures, alternate incisions may be recommended
including placement through an incision inside the lower eyelid or one
within the hairline. Step 3 – Closing the incisions
Your incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures or stitches that will be removed within 1-2 weeks following your surgery.
Step 4 – See the results
While the initial outcome of plastic surgery with facial implants is
noticeable almost immediately, it will be obscured by visible swelling.
It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate. Results and outlook
The final results of your facial implant surgery will
be long-lasting, however the initial healing phase may include localized
swelling, discoloration, numbness or discomfort.
In addition, facial movements may be temporarily restricted or impaired. These are common conditions.