Akron Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center

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Facial Implants - Cheeks and Chin


  • Enhance the contours and angles of the face
  • Balance the appearance of the face by augmenting specific features

Target Areas:

  • Jaw (Mandibuloplasty)
  • Cheek (Malarplasty)
  • Chin (Mentoplasty)

While many cosmetic interventions are designed to rejuvenate the skin and restore a youthful appearance, sometimes a more subtle but profound solution is needed. Facial implants are primarily used to change the contours of the face and create angles where there were none before. Young people may not be satisfied with the angles and shape of their face and often seek a way to alter the way they look. Cheek, jaw and chin implants can all be used to reshape a patient’s face however he or she sees fit. By augmenting certain features, patients can create a facial profile that brings an aesthetically satisfying balance to their face.

The most common facial implants are cheek, jaw and chin implants. In some procedures, the surgeon will use a bone graft or donated tissue from the ribs or pubic bone instead of synthetic implants. However, the facial implants that are typically used are made of solid silicone or Gore-tex, a synthetic solid material similar in texture to silicone. Unlike breast implants, the silicone used in this procedure is solid and so the concerns associated with the liquid silicone used in breast augmentation are not relevant.

In cheek augmentation, or malarplasty, the implant is inserted into a pocket made by the surgeon next to the cheek bone. Depending on what the patient wants, the implant can be placed such away that it creates a more narrow and angular cheek or a softer rounder cheek. Chin augmentation, or mentoplasty, can be used to make a weak chin more prominent. A small chin can make the nose seem disproportionately large, creating an imbalanced appearance. For this reason, chin augmentation is often done in conjunction with rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping. Jaw augmentation, or mandibuloplasty, can be used to adjust the contours of the jawline. The procedure is commonly requested by men seeking a stronger and firmer jaw, typically to create a squarer jawline.

One of the benefits of facial implants that make it popular is its relatively short recovery period. The surgery generally takes between one to two hours and patients are often able to return to their normal daily routine within one week.