Facial Implants (Chin, Cheek, Jaw, and Lip)

The aesthetics of the face are created by a harmonious balance of the facial features. The appearance of your face is determined by three basic components: skin, soft tissues, and underlying facial bones. If the structure of your face is disproportionate — the chin is recessed, the jaw undefined, the cheeks flat, or the lips very thin — it can significantly affect your self image.

Defined facial features, visible contours, and natural angles that are proportionate all create structural balance in your face and a more attractive appearance.

Facial implants bring balance and better proportion to the structural appearance of your face. They define your face by increasing projection and creating more distinct features. Plastic surgery with facial implants is best performed on those who have reached physical maturity, which generally occurs in late adolescence.

Facial implants are specially formed solid, biocompatible materials designed to enhance or augment the physical structure of your face. The precise type and size of implants best suited for you requires an evaluation of your goals, the features you wish to correct, and Dr. Westine’s years of aesthetic and professional judgment as a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has performed thousands of procedures focused exclusively on facial rejuvenation.

If you are bothered by a small chin, weak jaw, lack of facial contour, or thin (thinning) lips, plastic surgery with facial implants may benefit you. While any area of your face can be augmented with implants, the cheekbones, chin, jaw, and lips are the most common sites for facial implants.

  • Chin implants can increase the size and projection of a chin that does not project in proportion with the forehead and mid-face. A small or recessed chin may also be described as one that seems to disappear into the neck of an individual of normal weight, rather than appearing as a distinct facial feature.
  • Jaw implants increase the width of the lower third of your face. Much like the chin, a weak jaw can be thought of as one that is not well-defined and distinct from the neck, or one that slopes rather than angles from the ear to the chin. In some cases, both the chin and jaw can contribute to facial imbalance.
  • Cheek implants increase the projection of the cheekbones. They add volume to areas which may be recessed or flat, or have dropped due to the ageing process.
  • Lip Implants can add or return fullness to thin lips. Full lips are often associated with youthfulness and sensuality, and it is not uncommon to see the lips thin as women age.

This procedure is a good option for you if:

  • You are physically healthy
  • You do not smoke
  • You have a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for improvement of facial contours

If symmetry among facial features is part of your goal, facial implants may be recommended to augment more than one facial region. It’s important to remember that all of our faces are asymmetric to some degree, and your results may not be completely symmetrical. The goal is to create balance and proportion. Your procedure may be performed alone, or as a complement to other facial contouring procedures such as nose (rhinoplasty)  or ear (otoplasty) surgery.

The success and safety of your facial implant procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. Dr. Westine will ask a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Previous surgeries

Dr. Westine may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of facial implant surgery and any risks or potential complications

The Surgery

  • In House Surgical Center
  • 1 to 2 hours duration, depending on procedure and number
  • Post-Op return office visit the next day

The Recovery

  • Mild discomfort (ice packs)
  • Swelling for two to four days
  • Bruising up to two weeks
  • Resume normal activities in seven to 10 days


For examples of the before-and-after results of facial implant surgeries performed at Delray Beach Plastic Surgery, visit our Gallery.


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