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Facial Implants & Chin Surgery

 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 surgeon’s judgment.

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 ear surgery.

Is Facial Implants for me?

Facial implant surgery is completed through the insertion of specially formed solid, biocompatible materials designed to enhance or augment the physical structure of your face. The precise type and size of facial implants best suited for you require an overall evaluation of your goals, the features you would like to change and your surgeon’s judgment. Chin surgery, also known as mentoplasty, aims at reshaping the chin by enhancement with an implant, by cutting the boney chin and moving it forward (genioplasty), or by reduction of the chin bone. It’s not uncommon for chin surgery to be performed in addition to other facial surgery procedures to give the best overall facial balance. Facial implant and chin surgery are highly individualized procedures, with the best results achieved by a thorough consultation with your surgeon. A surgeon from Cleveland Clinic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Center will be able to recommend the best facial implant and chin surgery approaches for your needs.

What To Expect?

The results of your facial implant procedure are visible almost immediately. Initial swelling will subside over the first week with the use of cold compresses, and continue to subside for the following two to four weeks. Swelling from facial implants should go away fully in one to two months as your final results appear.

After chin surgery, your chin will be swollen, firm and possibly bruised. Using cold compresses in the first 48 hours will significantly lessen the swelling, as will keeping your upper body elevated when resting. If cosmetic injectables were used as the primary treatment for your chin augmentation, the swelling and bruising may be less.

Final results from both facial implant and chin surgery procedures takes time.


Before &After :


Will cheek implants lift the rest of my face?

Not significantly. Many patients who request cheek implants want to also address sagging or a “tired” look and have a facelift at the time of cheek augmentation. With a facelift the relaxed muscles under the skin are “tightened” and the excess skin is removed. Tightening the muscles also eliminates the “turkey wattle” (that floppy thing that hangs down on a turkey’s neck) and results in a more youthful appearance. 

What are cheek implants made of?

Actually there are several types of cheek implants available. The oldest synthetic implants are silastic. These have been on the market since the 1950′s and continue to be the most widely used implant in the world. Gore-Tex, which has been used for years in such surgery as heart and vascular surgery, is also a material accepted well with a minuscule rejection rate. The newer cheek implants have the ability to provide a more natural appearance. 

Will cheek implants improve the hollow look under my eyes?

Same answer as above. Flat cheekbones can make a face look dull and aged. A submalar cheek implant can augment the hollow look under the eyes resulting in more prominent cheekbones, the latter of which are perceived as a fresh, youthful appearance.


By making the decision to consult with a plastic surgeon and following all the instructions given, you are taking an important step in assuring your safety.

What sort of implant is used for chin surgery?

Facial implants are made from a variety of materials, including bone and a variety of porous and non-porous synthetic implants. Chin implants are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, allowing for a custom fitting to the patient's face.

Are orbital rim implants and cheek implants ever done at the same time?

Yes. Treating the orbital rim with an implant or cosmetic injectables to treat under-eye hollowness in the area between the rim of orbital bone and the side of the nose can be completed at the same time as a cheek implant. But, it depends on the area that needs to be augmented and amount of soft tissue on one’s face. Your surgeon will be able to guide you on the best approach for your needs.