Facial Implants/Chin Augmentation

Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care, providing comprehensive and individualized treatment plans.

Our team of Facial Plastic Surgeons, clinic experts and licensed estheticians has more than 50 years of combined experience in helping you achieve your desired results. We provide you with the most innovative and technologically advanced surgical and non­surgical procedures and treatments to help you rediscover your natural beauty so you can look and feel your best.

What Are Facial Implants?

Targeted Areas: Jaw (Mandibuloplasty), Cheek (Malarplasty), Chin (Mentoplasty)

The most common facial implants are cheek, jaw and chin implants. In some procedures, your surgeon will use a bone graft or donated tissue from the ribs or pubic bone instead of synthetic implants. However, the facial implants that are typically used are made of solid silicone or Gore-tex, a synthetic solid material similar in texture to silicone. Unlike breast implants, the silicone used in this procedure is solid, so the concerns associated with the liquid silicone used in breast augmentation are not relevant.

Facial Implants: Target Areas

In cheek augmentation, or malarplasty, the implant is inserted into a pocket made by the surgeon next to the cheek bone. Depending on your preference, the implant can be placed in such a way that it creates a more narrow and angular cheek or a softer, rounder cheek. You and your surgeon will discuss what placement will look best to enhance your existing features and appear the most natural.

Chin augmentation, or mentoplasty, can be used to make a weak chin more prominent. A small chin can make the nose seem disproportionately large, creating an imbalanced appearance. For this reason, chin augmentation is often done in conjunction with rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping. Your surgeon will discuss whether or not he believes this is a good recommendation with you.

Jaw augmentation, or mandibuloplasty, can be used to adjust the contours of the jawline. This procedure is commonly requested by men seeking a stronger and firmer jaw. A jawline augmentation is typically performed to create a squarer and more masculine jawline.

One of the many benefits of facial implants that make them so popular is that they require a relatively short recovery period. The surgery generally takes between one to two hours and patients are often able to return to their normal daily routine within one week. In some cases, your surgeon may discuss the use of dermal fillers such as Voluma® and Juvederm® to further enhance your surgery.


  • Weak or recessed chin
  • Weak or soft jawline
  • Flattened cheeks
  • Disproportionate features
  • Imbalance of facial features
  • Bone loss due to disease or injury


  • Restore facial portions and balance
  • Strengthen a weak chin or jawline
  • Restore the apples to the cheeks
  • Create esthetically pleasing contours and angles to the face
  • Recreate structure to the face due to bone loss

Patient Review


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Am I a Good Candidate?

If you want to regain lost facial volume, you may be an ideal candidate for facial implants. You may also undergo this cosmetic procedure if you want to reshape your facial contours.

The best candidates are in good overall health, since certain circulatory problems can hinder the healing process. Having a positive outlook is also vital in achieving satisfactory results.

The Procedure

Facial augmentation surgery is performed under anesthesia. The implants are inserted through the incisions in a pocket of facial tissue. For cheek, chin, and jaw implants, the incisions are usually created inside the mouth. When placement is complete, the incisions are closed with absorbable sutures.

The process takes up to a few hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure. The area will be bandaged or taped with surgical tape after the operation.

Facial Enhancement Recovery

The recovery period after facial implants have been placed varies from patient to patient. It can take a few weeks before you can return to work or school. Expect swelling, redness, and bruising during the first several days. Limit your facial movements and avoid applying pressure to the treated areas for the first few days.

Initial changes are noticeable right away, but it may take up to six months to see the final results.

Your Consultation

During your consultation, a physical examination will be performed. Your face will be evaluated in order to determine which implants are needed to achieve your desired results. Your medical history will be discussed, along with recent surgeries or treatments, underlying conditions, and current medications.

A treatment plan will be developed to address your concerns. You will be given pre-operative instructions, and all your questions will be answered.

Cost of Facial Implants

The cost of facial implants differs according to the individualized treatment plan. The overall price will be impacted by the anesthetic and surgical fees, as well as type and number of implants used.

Contact Us

Achieve a more balanced facial structure with facial implants in St. Paul. Are you interested in learning more about Cheek, Jaw & Chin Implants? Schedule a consultation with our staff to find out if it is right for you.


Before + After Results

View before and after photos of surgeries performed by facial plastic surgeons Dr. Christopher Tolan, Dr. Garrett Griffin, Dr. Zachary Farhood and Dr. Anna Bakeman in Minneapolis, MN.