Facial cosmetic surgery is generally performed to correct physical malformations due to aging, disease, injury or birth defects. Advances in medical devices and biomaterials have transformed the world of facial cosmetic surgery and broadened the range of procedures available. Some facial cosmetic surgery is purely aesthetic, while other procedures may be taken to correct the impact of injury or serious malformation.

In Ontario, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are allowed to perform cosmetic surgical procedures only as follow-on or incidental to therapeutic treatments.


The surgical expertise and thorough understanding of the aesthetics and function of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face allow an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon to assess whether cosmetic facial surgery is appropriate for you. Your surgeon is uniquely qualified to perform facial cosmetic procedures involving the mouth, teeth, jaws and face.


Much cosmetic surgery is minimally invasive and can be performed in an office setting using local and/or intravenous anesthesia. Other procedures may require day surgery in an outpatient clinic or hospitalization.

There is also a broad range of skin treatments using injections, laser technology and/or chemical applications.


Common procedures include:

  • cheekbone implants (malar augmentation) chin surgery (genioplasty) to either lengthen or reduce the chin
  • ear surgery (otoplasty) to set ears back or reduce their size
  • facelift (rhytidecomy)
  • lip enhancement
  • nasal reconstruction
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