Chin Augmentation (shaping/implants)
balanced bone structure is the framework for ideal beauty.
Facial implants are typically used to create the desired
balance to the existing features of the face. It is
also used to correct asymmetries and congenital defects.
The most frequent types of implant procedures are performed
in the Chin and chin area. A chin implant may enhance
the overall contour of your face. The use of synthetic
implants or reshaping is a safe and effective means
of augmenting various regions of the face to achieve
a more youthful and attractive appearance. The implants
are made out of both solid and semi-solid materials
that have been used successfully for years. Chin augmentation
is often performed in conjunction with other procedures,
such as a rhinoplasty, facelift or Chin augmentation
to improve the overall balance between the chin and
other facial features.
How is a Chin Augmentation surgery performed?
Chin shaping can be performed with the implant inserted
either through a tiny incision underneath the chin,
or through an incision inside the lower lip. Your surgeon
will explain prior to your surgery which incision will
be better for you. After the incision is made, a small
pocket will be created beneath the skin, fatty tissue
and muscle to hold the implant securely against the
jaw. If your incision is made inside the lower lip,
it is closed with dissolving sutures (stitches) that
do not need removal. There will be no visible scar.
If your incision is underneath your chin, regular sutures
(stitches) will be used and are generally removed within
one week, leaving a barely noticeable scar. Usually,
the chin is taped after surgery to minimize swelling
How long does a Chin Augmentation surgery
Chin shaping can take about one hour to perform.
What type of anesthesia is used?
Chin shaping is usually performed using local anesthesia
along with a light sedative to make you feel drowsy
and relaxed. If you are having additional procedures
performed, you will receive general anesthesia, which
will cause you to be asleep during the whole procedure.
Where is the procedure performed?
Chin shaping is usually performed in a surgeon's office-based
surgical suite, an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital.
When can I return home and
resume normal activities?
Chin shaping is done on an outpatient basis. However,
it is necessary that you have someone to pick you up
after the procedure, take you home and stay with you
for at least 24 hours. Most individuals return to their
usual activities in one week.
How do I prepare for a Chin Augmentation
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will
discuss the changes that you would like to make to your
appearance. Since the appearance of your Chins is a
matter of personal perception and preference, you will
need to discuss your concerns in detail so your surgeon
can determine the appropriate alternatives. Your surgeon
will evaluate and assess the position of your Chinbones
to determine facial symmetry and balance. Your surgeon
may also point out other problems areas. For example,
most people who consider Chin implants may also be
a candidate for rhinoplasty, in order to create a more
harmonious appearance. You also should make arrangements
ahead of time for someone to drive you to and from your
procedure and to assist you with your daily activities
during your recovery period.
Prior to your surgical procedure, the surgeon will
perform a complete health history and physical. Knowledge
of your allergies, medications and previous surgeries
should be brought to your surgeon's attention at this
time. Smoking cessation is advised for at least three
week prior to and two weeks after your surgery. Smoking
inhibits blood flow to your skin and may delay the healing
process of your incision areas. Specific instructions
to assist you in preparing for this procedure will be
given to you after the health history and physical is
complete. Depending on your individual health status,
the instructions may include guidelines regarding your
diet, alcohol intake, smoking and which medications
to take or avoid. Your experience will be much smoother
if you remain compliant with your surgeon's instructions.
What precautions are necessary during recovery?
It is normal to experience some discomfort and swelling
in the affected area for several days. You will probably
find it difficult to smile and talk much within the
first few days. Black and blue marks may be visible
around your Chin, so plan your clothing choices with
that in mind. Your surgeon will give you very specific
instructions regarding dental/oral hygiene, eating a
soft food diet, sleeping positions and activity restrictions.
What are the possible complications after
a Chin Augmentation surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, small sensory nerves
near the surface of the skin may be interrupted and
consequently, you may feel some numbness or have less
than full feeling. Sensibility returns over several
months, but some diminished feelings may last indefinitely.
Facial nerve injury with weakness of a part of the face
can occur on a transient or permanent basis, however
this is very rare. Other complications not listed here,
can occur but are exceedingly rare. The shifting or
imprecise of positioning of an implant, or an infection
around it, could require a second operation or removal
of the implant. Rarely, excess tightening and hardening
of scar tissue around an implant can cause an unnatural
shape. It is always important to be informed about the
possible complications before any surgery. Be sure to
discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon.
What results can I expect after a Chin
Upon awakening from the anesthesia, you may experience
some pain that will be relieved with medication. If
you experience continued discomfort, you will be given
additional pain medication. During the healing phase,
particularly during the first three to seven days, your
activities and diet will be restricted. Your ability
to smile and talk will be limited at first. Give your
face an opportunity to heal and you will be rewarded
in time. You may not be able to accurately evaluate
your newly shaped Chins for several weeks or months.
Give yourself the opportunity to get used to your new
Surprisingly, others may not even recognize that you
have had a procedure; they just think you look better,
more refreshed. Be sure to address any questions or
concerns about this procedure to your surgeon immediately.
Choosing the right surgeon
To obtain further information regarding Chin Augmentation surgery,
we advise you to consult with a qualified and experienced
board-certified plastic surgeon. Regardless of the type
of procedure you are considering, it is crucial to choose
the right surgeon for your individual goals. To receive
a complimentary consultation with a specialist in your
area, simply fill out our Online Referral
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