Facial Implants v. Facial Fillers

Facial fillers and implants are two of the most popular methods of enhancing the shape and contour of the face. Each method works in a different way and is meant for different situations. The following are a few of the factors to consider when discussing facial enhancement with a facial plastic surgeon.

Intended Uses of Fillers & Implants

Facial implants are used to enhance the skeletal structure of the face. They are appropriate for individuals who want to add definition to areas of the face such as the cheeks, chin, and jaw, that lack prominence because of genetics or aging.
Facial fillers do not alter the structure of the face. Fillers use hyaluronic acid gel or natural fat and collagen to plump up areas that have lost volume as part of the natural aging process. Fillers are used to add volume to select areas of the face, such as the lips and under the eyes, and to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

Type of Procedure

Facial implants require a minimally invasive surgical procedure. The length of the procedure itself depends on the type and number of implants, and the incisions are made in discreet locations to minimize visible scarring. Recovery normally takes a few days, and the results are permanent.
Facial filler treatments do not require surgery and can be completed during a lunch break with no recovery time. Fillers are gradually absorbed by the body over time, so most patients opt for periodic touch-ups to maintain the results.

Permanent Results

For patients wanting permanent changes to the framework of their face and striking results, implants are typically the best option. Dermal fillers are normally more appropriate for patients who want convenient and easy to maintain treatments. These include subtle “tweaks” to certain areas of the face for a younger, more rested appearance.