Chin Implant

Chin augmentation is a procedure that uses a chin implant to reshape, as well as create balance in one’s face. This procedure is popular with men, in particular, as a strong and prominent chin makes them look more masculine. Women also undergo this procedure to make a prominent nose look smaller, thus creating balance and harmony in the face. In cases like these, the procedure can be done in conjunction with a nose correction procedure to achieve that balanced look. Chin enhancement can also provide the illusion of having a longer neck for both men and women.

What to Expect During and After Surgery

The process of chin augmentation begins with taking an x-ray of the patient’s face, particularly the jaw line. This will help the surgeon plan the surgery and to see whether the patient needs some dental or orthodontic work before getting an implant. The actual chin augmentation surgery is an out-patient procedure that takes more or less an hour to complete, and is performed under general anesthesia. This allows the patient to sleep through the entire procedure. Once the patient is under anesthesia, the surgeon makes an incision in one of two possible places – inside the patient’s mouth, or under the patient’s chin. Each incision site has its own pros and cons. If the doctor makes the incision inside the mouth, there will be no apparent scars, but the risk of infection is much higher. On the other hand, there is a lower risk of infection if the incision is made under the chin, but there may be prominent scarring. The surgeon will discuss these options with the patient during the consultation session. Once the incision is made, the implant is placed underneath the muscles in the chin and the jaw’s periosteum. When the implant is in place, the surgeon then closes the incision with sutures.

The downtime for this type of procedure is about 24-48 hours, after which the patient can perform light physical activity. More strenuous and physically exhausting activities, as well as contact sports should be avoided for at least 2-3 weeks following the surgery. Surgeons may prescribe antibiotics to lessen the risk of infection, as well as pain medication to manage the discomfort felt after the procedure.

Chin augmentation surgery, just like any procedure that can change one’s physical appearance should be done properly to avoid complications or mistakes. Our highly-qualified and well-trained surgeons and staff will gladly walk you through the procedure and explain the benefits and risks to you in detail in order for you to make a good informed decision on whether or not this procedure is right for you. If you want more information on chin implant surgery, or if you want to schedule a consultation, call us and we will be happy to assist you.

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