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Facial Implants
Are Facial Implants Right For Me?


Facial Implants Chicago

Facial implants are customized from solid materials and surgically inserted into areas of the body that patients may deem aesthetically deficient, such as the jaw, chin, or cheeks. The goal of a facial implant is to enhance the physical structure of the face or to augment the size of features that you wish to correct.

The Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago is comprised of professionals in the field of craniofacial surgery that have years of experience performing facial implant procedures safely and successfully.

Facial Implants


A facial implant can bring balance and proportion to the face, while augmenting features that you may find lacking. If you believe a facial implant might be right for you, contact the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago for a consultation. Ideal candidates are in generally good physical health, non-smokers, and have no medical conditions that may impair the healing process. Facial implants are usually only performed on adults whose face and head have reached full maturity.


During your consultation with the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, we will review your aesthetic goals and your medical history to ensure that you are a good candidate for a facial implant. We do not perform any procedure unless we are certain that it is the absolute best treatment plan for each individual patient. We will perform a facial evaluation, discuss your treatment options, and explain every step of the process through to recovery and the potential risks associated with facial implants.


Depending on your personal aesthetic goals, the manner in which a facial implant is performed will differ. First, a general anesthetic is administered. Then the plastic surgeon will make incisions based on the specific area that you wish to augment or enhance.

Incisions are made inside the mouth, if possible, or otherwise in a place that can easily be concealed. For a chin implant, the incisions are typically made either inside the mouth along the lower gum line, or outside the mouth just beneath the chin. Jaw implants are usually placed through an incision inside the mouth along the jaw line. For cheek implants, the incision may be inside the mouth or, if coupled with another surgical procedure, just below the lower eyelid.

Once the implant is inserted, the incisions are closed with sutures. Though swelling and bruising will persist for a short while, the results of a facial implant will be noticeable immediately following surgery.


Bruising and swelling is normal after a facial implant, and will typically persist for at least a few weeks after the procedure is complete. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication and issue post-surgical care instructions; it is always important to follow these instructions thoroughly to ensure proper healing.

Do not use ice directly on the surgical site, since that will reduce blood flow and delay healing. Sutures can usually be removed within seven to ten days after the procedure is performed. Your surgeon will let you know when you are able to resume your normal level of physical activity.


The potential complications generally associated with facial implants may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Shifting of implant
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Allergies to implant material

You should call your doctor if any of these symptoms occur or persist. The Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago takes every precaution to minimize risk by using the safest, most innovative techniques. You can also reduce the risk of complication by adhering strictly to all instructions from your plastic surgeon.


Due to the varied nature of facial implants, it is difficult to give any specific averages for facial implant surgery. Your location, plastic surgeon, and individual treatment plan will further affect the total cost of a facial implant. Since it is considered a cosmetic surgery, health insurance rarely covers this type of procedure. During your consultation, speak with your plastic surgeon about the cost associated with a facial implant.


If you have questions about facial implants or believe you are a good candidate, contact us at the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago for a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. We will perform a facial evaluation and, if a facial implant is right for you, help you reach your aesthetic goals.

All surgical procedures by the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago are performed at top hospitals in Chicago and CMS or AAAASF-certified surgical centers for safety.



Happy for this patient and her transformation. This patient is transfemale who underwent facial feminization. Can you tell what surgeries were performed? Still have to perform the tracheal shave. Posted with permission.

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6 month follow-up on a mastopexy augmentation case. The patient’s goals were to have her breasts lifted and the volume restored after pregnancy. No patient has perfectly symmetric breasts, which is normal. This case was challenging because of the asymmetries of the nipples; trying to lift, augment, and level the nipples all at the same time is difficult. Many variables to control but the post-operative photos demonstrate improved symmetry with all of the patient’s goals achieved. Posted with permission.

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6 month follow-up on a challenging revision rhinoplasty case. The patient had 3 prior rhinoplasty surgeries by another surgeon and was not happy with the aesthetics of the dorsum or tip. In the pre-operative profile views, you can see a dorsal hump, under-projected tip, and abnormal alar-columellar relationship. On frontal view, there are asymmetries of the dorsal aesthetic lines and C-shape deviation of the nose. The goal of the surgery was to make the nose straighter, improve the dorsum and tip proportions, increase tip projection, and improve the alar-columellar relationship. Look closely at the post-operative profile views and how the tip, nostril and columella appear. Posted with permission.

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Many ways to do a breast augmentation but the periareolar incision is a great option because the scar becomes imperceptible as the scar matures. This patient is 6 months out from a breast augmentation and the access incision we made was at the bottom border of the nipple areolar complex. It’s hard to see the scar at this point and the scar gets even better at the 12-18 month mark. Also, nipple sensation is unaffected after surgery. The other incisions that plastic surgeons use include an incision underneath the breast, at the breast fold, or the armpit. Each incision has their pros and cons but the periareolar is my preferred approach.

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Challenging #gynecomastia case where the patient had grade 2/3 gynecomastia or male breasts with excess skin and significant asymmetries. The challenging part of this case relates to how to manage the excess skin and achieve a symmetric result. Do you remove the excess skin which will leave scars or try to contract the skin with minimally invasive techniques? In this case I performed liposuction, removed the breast tissue through a nipple incision, and performed #Renuvion to facilitate contraction of the skin. Posted with permission.

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3 month follow-up on this patient who wanted improvement in the projection of her chin and definition of the jawline. The patient has retrogenia or a small chin and underwent #chinaugmentation with a #genioplasty. In the pre-operative photos, you can see the chin is short and recessed and therefore I moved the chin forward and down. In the post-operative photos you can see improvement in the projection of the chin, a more defined jawline and neck, and a more balanced lower 1/3 of the face. This case highlights the advantages of a genioplasty versus a chin implant, a chin implant cannot lengthen and advance the chin to the same extent that a genioplasty can. Posted with permission.

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A 1 year follow-up on a patient who wanted a rhinoplasty to remove the dorsal hump and improve the aesthetics of her tip. In this case the dorsal hump was removed, the nose made straighter, the tip refined, and the tip rotated and projected more. Her new nose fits her face without overtly changing the ethnic features of her face. Posted with permission.

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Proud of our research team for getting this important manuscript published in the #1 plastic surgery journal in the world. In this study, we looked at the published literature to develop guidelines on how to treat visual impairments related to droopy eyelids and excess skin of the eyelids.

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Happy for this patient who underwent full facial rejuvenation surgery, which included a brow lift, upper/lower blepharoplasty, facelift, neck lift, and facial fat transfer. How much younger does he look now? Posted with permission.

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Amazing transformation for this lovely patient who wanted to have fuller, more symmetric, youthful, and natural breasts. The patient underwent a #breastaugmentation with gel implants. Posted with permission.

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One year follow-up on a #BBL or Brazilian butt lift. As you can see from the post-operative photos, the fat that is transferred stays and is permanent. Posted with permission.

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Male patient in his late 60’s who was able to turn back the clock after undergoing a #facelift, #neck lift, #blepharoplasty, and #fattransfer. Pay close attention to the “bags” underneath the eyes, the jawline, and neck. The scars have healed nicely and are inconspicuous even with short hair. In the post-operative photos, the patient has maintained his natural facial features and anatomy, but just looks like a more youthful version of himself. Posted with permission.

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