Chin augmentation describes the use of a chin implant to strengthen the chin and improve the contour of the jawline. It is an effective operation for someone who has:
- A weak chin
- A larger nose
- An imbalanced profile
Chin implant surgery uses a small incision inside the mouth or under the chin to place a silicone implant. The operation can often be performed in 30 minutes, and the results of chin augmentation are immediate with potentially no visible scarring.
Chin augmentation can strengthen a male profile, balance a woman’s profile, or make a large nose appear smaller. In fact, it is not uncommon for women to come into the office for a rhinoplasty, when in fact they just need a more prominent chin. Profiles are evaluated for chin augmentation, and it is helpful to illustrate the effects of a chin enhancement to show patients the potential result.
Generally, a deficient chin corresponds with deficient mid-face volume in both men and women. Facial fat grafting to the cheeks often goes hand in hand with chin augmentation. With women, lip augmentation is often the rule as well.
Chin augmentation is the one procedure that is best described as subtle but significant. It is surprising how few people, even friends and family, will be able to identify that your chin was augmented. Despite the magnificent profile and improved photos from this enhancement, most people that don’t realize you had chin surgery will simply tell you that you look better.
Perhaps one of the most powerful face transformations is a chin augmentation with rhinoplasty, lip enhancement, buccal lipectomy, and facial fat grafting. Buccal lipectomy is a procedure that removes the appearance of chipmunk cheeks. This combination can be performed in three hours and can convert virtually any face into one that looks like it belongs on a billboard. And the best benefit is that it can all be done with no visible scars on the face.
Things to Know about Chin Augmentation
The surgery takes about 30 minutes to perform. While you do not necessarily need general anesthesia for chin implant surgery, it is often recommended for patients who feel uncomfortable hearing or feeling the contact of instruments and prefer to be asleep during surgery. However, chin augmentation can easily be performed with no pain while the patient is awake, after local anesthesia and adequate nerve blocks are administered.
During your consultation, your profile will be evaluated as it relates to the nose and lips. Photographs are welcome to illustrate ideal profiles. Both intra-oral and external approaches will be reviewed including incision placement and their respective advantages and disadvantages.
Sample chin implants will be given to you to look at and feel. Implants are made of silicone and come in various sizes and shapes. Your preferred shape and existing anatomy will determine the most appropriate implant size and shape for your face.
Your bite will also be evaluated. Keep in mind, a chin implant does not change one’s bite. For significant underbites, a sliding genioplasty may be the more appropriate surgery. Dr. Neavin will determine this at your initial appointment with him.
The chin is anesthetized with local anesthesia. A tiny incision is made either inside the mouth or below the chin. Dissection is carried down to the inferior border of the mandible. A precise pocket is developed along the inferior border on the bone to allow for the snug, precise fit of either sizers or the implant. The incision is then closed in multiple layers.
There is surprisingly little pain after chin implant surgery. Swelling may persist for up to a week. If the incision is made within the mouth, a soft diet is recommended for three days. Antibiotics will be prescribed for up to a week.
No special dressings or wraps are required after surgery. Stitches, if the incision is placed externally, will be removed in the office within one week. Internal incisions will dissolve.
If you are unhappy with your facial profile, a weak chin may be to blame. Contact Artisan of Beauty Plastic Surgery today at 310‑858‑8811 or text 323‑975‑1287 and find out if chin augmentation is the right procedure for you.
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