As we age, the face can begin to lose its youthful fullness. The skin loses its resilient quality, creating a sunken appearance, with lack of definition at the chin, cheeks, and jawline. For many, these changes in appearance can be a source of frustration. Fortunately, there is a way to restore lost fullness and restore a fresh, youthful look, with implants or natural fat transfer.

What are facial implants, and how can they help improve my appearance?

Facial implants are made of synthetic materials such as silicone. They can be inserted underneath the skin to provide structure and cosmetic definition to the face as needed. As a result, they can help to lift sunken cheeks, create more definition in the chin, and give the face a younger overall appearance.

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Facial implants and surgical reshaping

Many seek out facial implants to enhance their appearance or bring a certain aspect of their face into proportion with the rest of their face. Types of facial implants include:

Chin Implants

Chin implant surgery involves placing an implant in the chin to create a more balanced look, as well as making the face appear slimmer. Chin implants are made from a variety of materials, including silicone, Gore-Tex, and polyethylene. The type of implant that is used will be determined by your plastic surgeon based on your goals and anatomy.

Jaw implants

Jaw implants can be used to restore or enhance the structure of the jawline. Jaw implants can be made from a biocompatible material, such as silicone, and are placed under the skin to add volume and definition to the jawline.

Cheek implants

Also known as malar or submalar implants, these are a type of facial implant that is used to add definition and volume to the cheeks. They can be made of a variety of materials, including silicone, Gore-Tex, and hydroxyapatite, and are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be used to correct several aesthetic concerns, including flat cheeks, sagging skin, and wrinkles. Cheek implants can also be used to improve the balance of the face and create a more youthful appearance.

What concerns can facial implants resolve?

Facial implants can be used to correct several cosmetic concerns, these include:

  • “Weak” chin
  • Sunken cheeks
  • Undefined jawline
  • Under the eye recession

Jaw implants have also been used to correct: 

  • Birth defects
  • Trauma-related deformities
  • Facial reconstruction after cancer surgery. 

How is surgery used to reshape the chin, cheeks, and jaw?

In addition to facial implants, surgery can be performed to improve harmony among the facial features and to create a more youthful appearance. To achieve these goals, your plastic surgeon may utilize the following types of surgery:


Mentoplasty (chin reshaping) can be performed to reduce the size of the bone. It is often performed alongside rhinoplasty so that the two aspects of the face remain in proportion.

Orthogenic surgery

Orthognathic surgery is a type of operation used to fix problems with the jaws and teeth. It can be used to enhance or reduce the jaw to give the chin a slimmer appearance.

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Why choose The Ariel Center in Tijuana for your cosmetic surgery?

As the plastic surgery counterpart to the premier bariatric surgery center, OCC, we are equipped with the most innovative technologies available on the planet. This means we exceed the safety standards for many U.S. hospitals. Our board-certified plastic surgeons are committed to providing every patient with the utmost, personalized care. Because we have over 25 years of experience in telemedicine, we can help our patients prepare for surgery without the need to travel for an initial consultation.

Facial Implants FAQs

What is the best material for facial implants?

What should I expect traveling to Tijuana for facial implants?

What is the best material for facial implants?

There are a variety of different materials that can be used for facial implants. The most common type of implant is made from silicone, which is a safe and effective material that is well tolerated by the body. Another option is to use a composite material made from both silicone and collagen. Ultimately, the best material for your facial implant will be determined by your board-certified plastic surgeon during your consultation.

What should I expect traveling to Tijuana for facial implants?

We are located just 15 minutes from the San Diego Airport, and our private shuttle will pick you up and drive you to our state-of-the-art facility. We will then perform a complete evaluation, including any required tests based on your medical history. Next, your plastic surgery and anesthesia team will discuss your procedure with you in detail to ensure that you are completely comfortable. Your hospital stay is usually short but can vary from a few hours to several days for more extensive procedures. When you return to your 5-star hotel or aftercare facility, the nursing staff will be checking in frequently to make sure that your healing is going well.

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