What is a facial implant?

A facial implant is surgery to enhance or balance the appearance of your face using sculpted prostheses. Most people have a facial implant for cosmetic reasons. It can correct uneven facial features or it can create a more youthful look. Facial implants are sometimes medically necessary to reconstruct facial features.

A facial implant is a major surgery with risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options. Consider getting a second opinion about all of your treatment choices before having a facial implant.

Types of facial implants

Facial implants commonly consist of silicone that your doctor forms to your specific needs. Other substances include synthetic polymers and composites. Some implants are designed to allow your own tissues to grow into the implant. 

The types of facial implants include:

  • Cheek implants increase the projection of the cheekbones.

  • Chin implants increase the size or projection of the chin.

  • Forehead implants lift the forehead skin to create a more youthful appearance.

  • Jaw implants increase the width of the lower face.

  • Nose implants increase the projection of the nose tip or widen the nose bridge.

Other procedures that may be performed 

Your doctor may perform other procedures to complement a facial implant. These include:

  • Brow lift, or forehead lift, is the surgical lifting and smoothing of the forehead.

  • Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is the surgical removal of excess skin, muscle and fat in the upper or lower eyelids.

  • Facelift is the surgical correction and improvement of the signs of aging on the face and neck.

  • Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is the surgical repair or reshaping of the nose.

Medical Reviewers: Daphne E. Hemmings, MD, MPH Last Review Date: Jul 12, 2013

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