Facial implants are used to enhance certain features of the face. The surgery may be elective, or needed to improve facial volume loss or a defect. Through a facial implant, a facial cosmetic surgeon can aesthetically improve facial contours. They can improve proportion and profiles and correct imbalance caused by injury or hereditary traits.

In most cases, facial implant surgery are completed on an outpatient basis in a hospital or UFSA surgical center. A local anesthesia or oral sedative may be used, or the patient may be put to sleep during the procedure using general anesthesia.

The most common implants include:

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

Cheek Implants. The implant is placed through the oral cavity into the cheek or externally via the lower eyelid incision. Sutures will vary depending on whether theyre internal or external.

Chin implant. The implant is placed internally through the inside of the lower lip, or under the chin. As with the cheek implant, sutures will vary depending on whether theyre internal or external.

Each involves placing synthetic materials deep under the subcutaneous tissue and onto the underlying bone. There are several types of facial implants made of different materials. The most common implant material is silicone derived.