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Chin Augmentation

Fact about procedure

A weak chin or receding chins can have the condition improved with an implant (a special medical-grade material) that involves adding a synthetic prosthesis to the existing chin structure. It looks and feels like normal bone when it is in place. Some may require a surgical procedure in which the chin bone is moved forward to give them the desired appearance. Our doctor will show you samples of the various materials and explain how your body accommodates each one.


Surgical procedure

The Chin Augmentation method must be tailored to the individual patients needs. The principal is to create a pocket at the chin and place an implant into the pocket. The incision may be placed in the crease lines under the chin or in the mouth. The implant is slipped into place and the skin incision closed. Some patients need more extensive surgery to re-position the bone of the chin. The Chin Augmentation surgery takes about thirty minutes and may be performed under either local anesthesia (you are awake) or general anesthesia (you are asleep). You can choose. Most of the time this is an outpatient operation and a stay in the hospital is not needed. This Chin Augmentation operation can be combined with the removal of fat (submental lipectomy) which can eliminate a "turkey wattle" or a double chin.

The Chin Augmentation procedure may be used in conjunction with other procedures such as a facelift or facial liposuction which completes the desires of the patient to enhance their physical appearance. However, it is not unusual to combine this operation with a rhinoplasty to improve the facial profile.

Other options

Implants are not the only way to improve weak chins and cheeks. If your upper or lower jaw is too small or your teeth do not quite come together properly, more extensive surgery called "mandibular" or "maxillary advancement" is sometimes recommended. We will let you know if you would be better served with one of these bigger operations, discuss their relative benefits and shortcomings, and, when appropriate, refer you to a reputable colleague in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for surgical planning. However, as implant surgery is so easy and safe, most people prefer it to the more extensive "advancement" surgery.

Results

A classically-shaped face contoured to maximize prevalent norms of attractiveness and beauty.

Chin implants may augment the jaw to correct problems with weak chins, sagging skin in the chin area, and improve the shape and balance of the face.

Due to swelling, the results of the surgery may not be plainly visible for as long as three or four months. Scars are generally well hidden.

Duration of Operation:

Thirty Minutes

Possible Risks and Complications

The main risks are swelling, bruising, bleeding, infection, scarring and numbness, or change in feeling.

Side Effects

The severity and duration of such side effects may vary, especially if another cosmetic procedure was performed at the same time.

After Care

After Chin Augmentation surgery, the plastic surgeon usually applies a dressing that will remain in place for two to three days. You will experience some tenderness. Post-operative discomfort can be controlled with prescribed medications. Chewing will probably be limited immediately after chin surgery, and a liquid and soft food diet may be required for a few days after surgery. Most patients feel a stretched, tight sensation after the surgery, but this usually subsides in a week.

Recovery Time

The recovery takes one to two weeks. Most people are back to work within a week or two.

Hospital Admission

Most patients do not need to stay in the hospital overnight.

Anesthetic

Local Anesthetic (while you are awake), combined with a sedative to make you drowsy. You'll be awake but relaxed, and although you may feel some tugging and mild discomfort

Post Operative Care

Your plastic surgeon will provide you with instructions about post-operative care. There will be dietary restrictions as well as limitations to your activities. However, you should be aware that your ability to move your mouth and lips may be diminished temporarily.




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