Facial Implants

Facial implants may be used to correct facial defects due to trauma, developmental issues. or disease.

Facial implants can be made of a medical material that feels like tissue in your cheeks or custom made from a material that adheres directly to your bone. Once they are put in place, they are permanent and don’t migrate or move.

The area involved will dictate the type of implant. Custom made implants are more commonly used in patients with large areas of irregularities or in areas not available for pre-made implants.


The most common area that requires correction is the cheek. Cheek implants are inserted through an incision inside the mouth just above the front teeth. The implants are then placed inside a pocket directly over the cheek bone and, once they are positioned, the skin is stitched up with dissolvable stitches. There are no visible scars.  

Graphic of woman's face before facial cheek insert


Graphic of woman's face showing position of facial cheek insert


Graphic of woman's face after facial cheek insert


Are You a Good Candidate?

Facial implants can also be used to treat congenital deformities, facial trauma due to an accident or disease, or to correct asymmetry.

Your Consultation

Your first step will be to have a detailed consultation with Dr MacDonald where she will listen to your goals and concerns and complete a careful examination. Then, Dr. MacDonald will discuss the treatment options that best address your concerns and particular situation.

Dr. MacDonald and her staff will:

  • Give you detail information about the surgery and what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure
  • Discuss any concerns or questions that you may have
  • Discuss potential risks of the procedure


The procedure is done as a day surgery. You may be given a general anaesthetic.

You will be given instructions on what time to arrive for your surgery and what you can and should eat and drink that day.


You will need someone to drive you home. Healing is generally quite rapid and there are no external scars.


As with any surgery, there are risks. These include the normal surgical risks of infection, scarring, delayed wound healing, bruising, or bleeding However, all risks in this procedure are rare. They will all be discussed further during your consultation.