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What are Facial Implants?

Facial implants, also referred to as chin implants or cheek implants specifically, are specially formulated, non-migrating, permanent substances that are placed in the chin, cheeks, or jaw areas to enhance, augment, or reconstruct facial contours.

What are Facial Implants made of?

We use two types of implants: silicone and porex. Solid silicone implants have a long track record. None of the complaints related to breast implants have been tied to facial implants. Because they are solid they do not leak. Porex implants, as the name implies, are porous like a sponge, but solid to the touch. Each have their advantages and disadvantages, so be sure to discuss which might be suited best for you based on your specific situation.

Implants come in a variety of sizes and shapes, which makes it possible for a plastic surgeon to fine-tune the type of 'look' you wish to achieve. For example, in the chin, it may be possible to get a more 'angular look' to the whole face by using a wider chin implant.

What concerns does a facial implant address?

My chin looks too small for my face

a New York patient

Patients seeking facial implants often, even as a young person, felt they didn't have a strong enough chin or wanted higher cheekbones. In these cases, chin or cheek implants used to add volume to an area that lacks it, can give the face a more balanced look.

The impact of a well-placed facial implant can be quite dramatic. For example, a person with a weak chin will have improved overall features with a chin implant, as it will be in better harmony with the overall facial structure.

The areas of the face we most commonly enhance with implants are the chin and the cheekbones. Less frequent areas are the angles of the jaw and nose. As such, a facial implant can address the following concerns:

  • small, weak, or receeding chin
  • low or non-existent cheek bones
  • weak jaw line
  • overall lack of facial contour or definition
  • unbalanced chin or cheekbones
  • facial asymmetry or deformity (congentical or aging)

Facial implants are quite often used to sculpt the face when injectible fillers alone won't give a patient the desired outcome.

Note: Lip implants are entirely different from facial implants discussed on this page. Please see our lip augmentation page for more information about the implants used to enhance the lip.

How is facial implant surgery perfomed?

Implant procedures are usually performed under IV anesthesia in our AAAASF Accredited surgery center here in Baltimore. We use only Board Certified Anesthesiologists to administer your anesthesia. 

Can I get a facial implant at the same time as my facelift surgery?

Yes, in fact, it is very common to combine the two procedures. Specific examples of combination procedures include: a mid facelift with a cheek implant, or a chin implant with a neck lift, will not only make a person look younger, but will improve the overall facial structure.

What are the pre-operative requirements?

We require patients to get a medical clearance two weeks prior to having surgery in our surgery center. An H&P (history and physical) and a CBC blood test are the minimum requirements for healthy adults. You should stop smoking 4 weeks prior to surgery, as well as stop aspirin products 2 week2 before surgery. On the evening before surgery, you may not eat or drink anything after midnight.

What is the post-op recovery for like after a facial implant?

Recovery time following facial implant surgery is typically up to a week long.

What are the risks and possible complications?

As with any surgery, having facial implants can pose risks and possible complications including (but not limited to):

  • firmness around the implant
  • skin contour irregularities
  • infection
  • bleeding
  • unfavorable scarring
  • changes in skin sensation

How much do facial implants cost?

Total costs for both types of facial implants include the surgeon's fee, OR fee, anesthesiologist's fee, and all office follow up visits.   Typical total costs are bilateral and are as follows:

  • Chin Implant: $5000-$6000
  • Cheek Implant: $5000-$6000

If you are comparing costs among surgeons, be sure to understand exactly what a quote covers during your implant consultation.  

Facial Implants Before and After Photos

See our patient gallery to see what kinds of results can be expected following facial implant surgery with me here in our state-of-the-art surgery center. Please note that these patients have given their written consent for us to use their photos in our online gallery. We are very grateful for their participation in patient education!

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doctor's signatureUpdated October 19, 2015
Ricardo L Rodriguez M.D.
Board Certified Plastic Surgery

Note: Patients depicted in photos and videos have provided written consent to display their photos online. Every patient is unique, and surgical results may vary. Please contact us if you have any questions.