Facial Implants: Types, Risks, Recovery


Facial implants are specially formed solid materials used to enhance certain features of your face, including your cheeks or your jawline. The most commonly used facial implants are chin, cheek and jaw implants. The precise type and size of facial implants that suit you best are based on your goals, the features you wish to correct and your surgeon’s judgment.


A good candidate for a face implant has the following conditions:

  • Physically healthy
  • Have reasonble and realistic outlook toward surgery
  • Be bothered by a small chin, weak jaw or lack of facial contour


Three most common types of facial implants are:

  • Chin implants

Chin implants can increase the size and projection of a chin that is not in proportion with the forehead and mid-face.

  • Cheek implants

Cheek implants can help increase the projection of the cheekbones. They add volume to areas that may be recessed or flat.

  • Jaw implants

Jaw implants can increase the width of the lower third of your face to change the imbalanced face.


According to 2018 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of cheek implants is $3,015; the average cost of chin augmentation is $2,364; the average cost of lip augmentation (without injectable fillers) is $1,767. The total cost can vary widely based on factors like the surgeon’s experience, the office location and the type of procedure.

Other fees that should be included in the total cost of a facial implant include:

  • Medical tests
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication


Like any surgery, there are risks and complications. Possible risks and complications of facial implant surgery are:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Bruising
  • Swelling and persistent pain
  • Asymmetry of the face
  • Reactions to the anesthesia
  • Hematoma
  • Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles, but usually temporary
  • Poor wound healing
  • Possibility of a second surgery


In your first visit, your surgeon will take a detailed medical history and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for surgery. In advance of your procedure, he or she will ask you to:

  • Stop smoking to promote better healing
  • Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications that can increase bleeding
  • Hydration before and after surgery for safe recovery

Usually, facial implants are performed on an outpatient basis. So, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you at least the first night following the surgery.

Surgical steps

Commonly, a facial implant surgery lasts one or two hours. But it can vary depending on which type of implant you are going to have. After the local or general anesthesia, your surgeon will do different procedures based on which part of your face is involved:

  • Chin implant

For a chin implant, the incision may be inside your mouth, along the crease that joins your lower lip and gums. You surgeon may make an incision just beneath the chin as an alternative.

  • Jaw implant

The implant is placed inside the lower lip. The incision site will be secured with sutures that will dissolve in about one week.

  • Cheek implant

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.

Then, your surgeon will close your incisions with sutures or skin adhesives. When you wake up and can move, you can go home to wait for the results.


During your facial implants recovery, your surgeon will use bandages or dressings to keep the surgical site clean and to support the position of the implant. Typically, recovery from a facial implant is quick. You only need one week off from work at the most.

After the surgery, you will have bruising and swelling, with mild to moderate discomfort, which can last at least two days. It is very important that you follow all instructions provided by your surgeon.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.