Do all implants have to be replaced?

specifically chin, jaw, nose bridge, brow ridge implants.

Doctor Answers 7

Typically facial implants do not need to be replaced

Unless there is a complication, infection or rejection of the implant, typically facial implants do not need to be removed. These implants are made of solid silicone and are intended to be permanent. You may have heard that implants must be replaced over time, but this applies to those implants used in breast augmentation. Once properly positioned and fully healed, the facial implants should not cause any issue long term. 


Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Do nose, jaw and chin implants need to be replaced?

Dear Richard, The answer is "no" these implants are designed to be placed in to the specific area requested and are good for life unless the patient develops a complication.  Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Do all implants have to be replaced?

Chin, jaw, nose implants are composed of solid silicone, and do not need to be replaced. They're usually a one time surgery, and the implants themselves last a lifetime.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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While implant replacement may be needed later in life, this is very very unusual after placement of facial implants once healing is complete and a satisfactory result achieved.

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Do all implants need to be replaced?

Facial implants normally do not need to be replaced unless there is some complication that would require it.  If the implant is too large or too small, in the incorrect position or if there is an infection, it may require surgery to correct the problem.  

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Do all implants have to be replaced?

 Hi, I have performed many facial shaping procedures using dermal fillers, facial implants (cheek, chin), liposuction and/or facelifts for over 30 years. Following the beauty principles outlined in my book on face and body beauty, women look the most feminine, youthful and attractive with heart shaped faces. Heart shaped faces have cheeks that are full and round in the front. Cheek augmentation with a dermal filler or using cheek implants for a permanent enhancement will create full, round cheeks that will feminize the entire face.  Conversely, men look chiseled and handsome with angularity in the cheeks, chin and mandibular angles.

Think of facial beauty as something that "must" address all layers of the face including the skeletal structure of the cheeks and chin, the overlying SMAS muscle, amount and position of subcutaneous fat and finally the degree of skin laxity. It's an "urban myth" that pulling tissues over flat cheeks and a weak chin can create a beautiful or handsome face. Similarly, dermal fillers or facial implants alone can't lift and remove excess skin from the face and neck. Natural looking beauty is created by the aesthetic vision of what tissue layers need to be adjusted by what technique and amount.

I prefer using silastic facial implants (cheek implants, chin implants) which do not need to be replaced.  

Hope this helps.

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