Chin implants can help change the basic structure of the face to give a stronger and more defined look. An under-projected chin can create the illusion that the nose is too large or that the neck is poorly defined. Chin augmentation is often performed in conjunction with other facial procedures to improve facial harmony. Chin augmentation surgery traditionally involved a large incision inside the mouth, which could lead to a higher implant infection rate and implant malposition. Today, however, facial plastic surgeons can perform chin augmentation surgery through a small incision under the chin, which heals with an almost imperceptible scar. This innovative method diminishes scarring and dramatically speeds the recuperation process, while providing beautiful results.
How do I know if chin implants are right for me?
If you have a weak or under-projected chin, it can give the illusion of facial disharmony. A weak chin can make an already prominent nose appear even larger. In many cases, a chin that does not fit your facial profile can even make the neck look older. Chin implants can create a dynamic, defined look and help improve your overall appearance. In some cases, overly prominent noses can be corrected with chin implants by restoring a balance of the chin and nasal profile to align in a way that accentuates your individual features.
Chin implants procedure:
Chin augmentation begins with the exact placement of the incision in a natural crease under the chin. Through this small incision, the chin implant surgery is performed. Different sized implants are available and are made from various materials. Through careful pre-operative discussion, an implant size is chosen to meet the patient’s desired goals. Neck liposuction is often performed with a chin implant to further enhance surgical results.
Chin implants recovery time:
Recovery time following chin augmentation is different for each patient, but most patients experience a reduction in any discomfort or swelling within a week. Many patients even feel well enough to return to regular activity in just a few days following a chin implant procedure. The chin is particularly sensitive to bruising, so slight swelling is to be expected. Because incisions are placed under the chin, scars are barely visible. A dressing should be undisturbed for the first 48 hours after chin implant surgery. Sutures are removed several days after your chin implant surgery. Makeup can begin to be applied 1 week after your chin implant procedure. As incisions heal, you may experience some numbness or itching at the site. Slight pain and general discomfort are possible but can easily be reduced with a prescribed oral medication. The application of cold ice packs is recommended after surgery. Cold compresses should be applied for the first few days to minimize potential bruising and swelling. Showering is permitted 24 hours after your chin implant augmentation, but we recommend not using excessively hot water, as this may irritate the surgical site. You may continue a fitness regimen 1 week after surgery and light walking just a few days after surgery.