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Implants vs Injections FOR VOLUME: What’s the best option for your face?

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In the realm of facial aesthetics, individuals often find themselves contemplating between two popular options: facial implants and injections for volume. Both offer unique advantages and drawbacks, making the decision a challenging one. In this blog, Artiste Plastic Surgery will delve into the pros and cons of each, helping you make an informed choice about what suits your needs best.

Understanding each Cosmetic Procedure

Facial implants are surgical devices designed to improve specific facial features by providing volume, structure, or definition. These implants are typically made from materials such as silicone, polyethylene, or other biocompatible substances. Surgeons strategically place these implants beneath the skin to augment areas like the cheeks, chin, or jawline.

Facial Injections for volume are non-surgical cosmetic treatments that involve injecting substances into the skin to increase skin volume. The most common substances used include hyaluronic acid, collagen, and calcium hydroxylapatite.

Aesthetic Goals

Your aesthetic aspirations play a pivotal role in determining the most suitable option. Implants are the choice for those seeking enduring changes, such as improved volume in cheekbones or a refined jawline. Injections for volume, with their non-permanent nature, cater to those desiring a more temporary, subtle changes or targeted facial feature adjustments.


Consideration of downtime is crucial, especially if you lead a busy lifestyle. Implant procedures generally involve a more extended recovery period due to the surgical nature of the intervention. Injections used for volume, being minimally invasive, offer a quicker recovery, making them an attractive option for those with time constraints.


Implant procedures often require general anaesthesia due to their surgical nature. In contrast, injections for volume, typically performed as outpatient procedures, usually only necessitate local anaesthesia or numbing cream.


Implants tend to have a higher initial cost due to the surgical procedure involved. However, it requires little maintenance and can offer long-lasting results. Injections used for volume, with a more affordable upfront expense, may incur recurring costs for maintenance sessions to sustain the desired facial enhancements.

Potential Risks 

Both implants and injections for volume come with potential risks and complications. Implants may pose risks such as infection, scarring, and implant shifting. Injections can lead to issues like bruising, swelling, or in rare cases, allergic reactions. It’s crucial to thoroughly discuss these potential risks with your healthcare provider and choose the option that aligns with your risk tolerance and overall health.

Results / Permanence

The duration of results is a significant differentiator. Implants offer a more enduring solution, providing long-lasting changes to your facial structure. Injections for volume, while delivering immediate results, require periodic touch-ups to maintain the enhanced appearance.

Making a Decision

Selecting between facial implants and injections for volume is a personal journey based on your unique preferences and circumstances. Consulting with your GP is paramount in ensuring a safe approach to your cosmetic journey. 

If you want to learn more about your options for facial implants and injections for volume in Sydney, reach out to Artiste Plastic Surgery. Our Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Jack Zoumaras will evaluate your specific situation, discuss your aesthetic goals and concerns, and  offer professional guidance regarding the most appropriate aesthetic treatment or cosmetic surgery procedure for your needs. Book a consultation now

Disclaimer: At Artiste Plastic Surgery, our Plastic Surgeons led by Dr Jack Zoumaras have been trained to the highest possible degree. All surgery has risks and it is always advised to get a second opinion. Risks are very real and we cannot guarantee any result. Results are illustrated as a guide only. All risks are managed and any need for revision surgery or complications (1-5%) can be managed by our specialist plastic surgeons.

Any statements on how you will feel is based on Level V Evidence:

Level V:  How you will feel after plastic surgery varies between individuals, depending on psychological and physical factors. Our internal research is based on how patients in our practice feel after surgery.

The blogs are not a substitute for a medical consultation and do not form as part of the doctor to patient relationship.


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