When scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, it seems everyone has chiseled jawlines and  cheekbones to die for. Although they look natural, such sculptured profiles are most likely the result of chin, jaw, and cheek augmentations using either implants or fillers. These procedures attempt to balance and enhance the appearance of your face. 

So which is right for you? We’ll detail what implants and fillers entail to help you decide the optimal solution. 

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons defines facial implants as “specially formed solid materials compatible with human tissues, designed to enhance or augment the physical structure of your face.” The type and size of the implant is determined by your goals, and surgeon’s judgement. The results are almost guaranteed to be permanent. 

Chin implant surgery is generally an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. A surgeon will make an incision underneath the chin or inside the mouth and place the implant around your existing chin bone. This approximately one-hour process can add balance to the face, correct a weak or recessed chin, improve definition in the jawline area, and reduce a double chin or full-face appearance. Adding a chin implant can be done in combination with a rhinoplasty to harmonize the full face. 

Jaw implant surgery, which is completed in one to two hours, entails the surgeon making incisions inside the mouth, placing the implants along the jawline, and molding them to the desired shape. The goal may vary for men and women. The former may wish to narrow their jawline for a more masculine look, while the latter may want to get rid of a double chin and jowls.

When scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, it seems everyone has chiseled jawlines and  cheekbones to die for.

There were 14,369 cheek implants conducted in 2018—capping a 38-percent increase since 2000. Placed through incisions in the mouth, these are positioned on the cheekbones to increase definition and add volume in recessed areas. 

Recently, men and women have been turning to a non-surgical option to improve their facial structure and harmony: fillers. 

In 2018, more than 2.6 million soft tissue filler procedures were completed. The following year,  BuzzFeed published an article titled “Why Fillers Are the Go-To Beauty Hack for Millennials,” documenting the increase in the non-invasive procedure’s popularity for the generation born between 1981 and 1996. Fillers are accessible, less expensive than surgery, and temporary, especially for those who may need them for an acting or modeling gig. They also offer an alternative to surgery, with similar results for those hesitant to go under the knife. 

Several beauty writers have also added their stamps of approval on sites frequented by millennials. Faith Xue for Byrdie writes: “It's been a few months since my appointment, and my jawline feels as chiseled and defined as ever. The result is subtle enough that no one would ever notice it just from looking at me, but the difference is definitely there; I notice it most in photos.” Medium writer Caitlin Belardes offers a simple, but telling, “I got filler and Botox and am absolutely here for it.”

Dermal fillers are defined by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery as “gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines and soften creases, or enhance facial contours.” A board-certified plastic surgeon can inject this into the chin, jawline, and cheeks to create definition, contour, and balance. 

It can restore volume to sunken cheeks, smooth out a crease or enhance the chin, and create a defined jawline. Results can last anywhere from three months to two years, depending on the filler type and placement. 

Buglino Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery performs chin, jaw, and cheek implants and offers injectables and dermal fillers including Restylane, Restylane Lyft, Voluma, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Radiesse, and Belotero as well as many more hyaluronic acid fillers. The use of the body’s own fat is a potential resource for augmentation as well. To learn about the best procedure for you, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Anthony Buglino today. 

Share your goals and work with Dr. Buglino to develop customized plan of treatment. The above procedures can be combined with liposuction, facelifts, and others to achieve the exact look you want.

Topics: Fillers, Injectables