What are the Types of Facial Implants?

Do you have facial features that bother you? Many people feel like they have a weak chin, hollow cheeks, or a poorly defined jawline. Facial implants give you natural-looking enhancement that adds shape and volume. Unlike other methods of adding facial volume, implants are a lasting solution. These implants come in various materials, so your surgeon can choose the best one for your application. 

What are Facial Implants?

Facial implants are small devices implanted into your features to enhance them. They are placed under the structures of the face, against the bone, where you cannot see or feel them. People choose to have facial implants for several reasons:

  • Restore lost volume in areas like the cheeks
  • Strengthen a weak chin
  • Achieve a more sculpted profile
  • Define your jaw
  • Correct facial asymmetry

Facial implants are a long-lasting alternative to dermal fillers and other temporary treatments. They look natural and can stay in place for a lifetime

What are the Types of Facial Implants?

Your Specialty Aesthetic Surgery team offers three types of facial implants. You may have implants in one area or several. Facial implants are an excellent option for those wanting to enhance these areas.

Cheek Implants

Cheek implants are placed on the upper part of the cheekbone. This adds volume where people want it most, creating higher, more defined cheekbones. It also restores lost volume so the cheeks regain their full, rounded, youthful appearance. 

Chin Implants

Chin implants enhance a weak chin or add definition. A small chin can affect your facial balance, leaving the lower part of your face looking out of harmony. Chin implants create a defined, balanced profile. 

Jaw Implants

Jaw implants can define a weak jaw and create more definition in the lower face. Lack of jaw definition can affect the appearance of your neck, chin, and other features. Implants can give you the stronger, more sculpted jaw you desire. 

What are Facial Implants Made Of?

Facial implants come in several different materials. This allows your surgeon to choose an implant with the right properties to achieve your goals. All implant materials have been extensively used for medical purposes and are safe to leave in the body for an extended time. 


Many people think of silicone when they think of implants. A silicone facial implant is flexible but firm, letting it add definition and volume. This common implant material feels natural and is suitable for many areas. 


This material is more rigid than silicone, creating less flexible implants with more definition. These implants are often used for the jaws and chin when your surgeon wants to achieve a stronger look. 


Gore-Tex is a porous material that can be easily shaped to suit your needs. Tissue grows into this material, securing your implant over time. Implants made from this material can be used in the jaw and chin. 


This material is found in bone and is used in dermal fillers. As an implant material, it is a highly stable ceramic material often used for the cheeks. It provides natural-looking volume and definition for fuller, more youthful cheeks. 

What to Expect When Getting Facial Implants

Most implant procedures are performed under general anesthesia. Your surgeon uses hidden incisions that leave little to no scarring. They will put the implant in place and ensure it is properly located, then close the incision with a few sutures or surgical glue. Facial implants are sometimes placed as part of a larger procedure like a facelift or neck lift. 

What is Recovery Like After Facial Implants?

You can expect a few days of swelling and discomfort after your procedure. Your discomfort will improve after a few days, and bruising and swelling will fade within a few weeks. Most people return to work after about one week. Limit physical activity until your bruising and swelling have resolved. Your team will provide instructions on caring for your incisions and when you can resume your exercise routine. 

How Long Do Facial Implants Last?

Your facial implants are designed to last a lifetime. Most facial implants never need replacement or maintenance. This worry-free procedure can give you results that last almost indefinitely. Implants are designed with materials that can be safely left in the body as long as you want.

Am I a Good Candidate for Facial Implants?

Almost all healthy adults make good candidates for facial implants. Ideal candidates are looking for a permanent way to enhance and define their features. Candidates should have reasonable expectations and no serious medical problems. You might not be a good candidate if you have certain medical problems. Some people may not be good candidates for certain types of implants. 

Take the Next Step – Request a Consultation

Want to learn more about facial implants? Schedule your consultation online or by calling Specialty Aesthetic Surgery at (212) 737-8700. We look forward to working with you!

Specialty Aesthetic Surgery serves the greater NYC metro area.

About Our Surgeons

Bruce Moskowitz is an experienced and board-certified oculoplastic surgeon. His practice encompasses all areas of oculoplastic cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He has a well-known reputation for revision surgery, and a large portion of his practice comes from other colleagues to revise sub-optimal outcomes.

Grigoriy Mashkevich is an experienced and double-board certified facial plastic surgeon. He belongs to a highly select group of surgeons with a focused specialization in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose, face, and neck. 

Dr. Anna Frants is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is experienced in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Her areas of expertise include surgery of the face, neck, nose, eyelids, eyebrows, and ears. 

*Individual results may vary. 

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