A facial implant is a medical-grade rubber like or plastic device that is placed under the skin to augment a facial feature. The most commonly used implants are chin implants and cheek implants. They come in a wide range of sizes and styles, and are customized for the patient. Facial implants may be performed as a single procedure or can be done in combination with a facelift or other procedures.
Chin augmentation, called mentoplasty, increases the projection of the chin. It is used to bring a receding chin into balance with the rest of the face. A receding chin can be perceived as a sign of weakness in both men and women; men often choose chin implants because a more prominent chin is also considered more masculine. Similarly, a weak chin can make the nose look larger than it is. Some patients who go to cosmetic surgeons inquiring about a rhinoplasty-a nose procedure-really need only a chin implant. When performed in combination with a facelift revision, the chin implant provides an extension of the chin, helping to create a more defined jawline.
Cheek implants, though not used as frequently as chin implants, can reduce a hollow or sunken look in your cheeks and can also correct underdeveloped cheekbones; the implants add fullness and lift to the cheeks, producing a healthier, more youthful look, especially for those with long faces.