What is Chin Implant Surgery?
Chin implants improve contours of the chin, neck and jawline. Typically, surgery involves placement of an implant around a patient’s existing chin bone to augment the size and shape of the chin and achieve a more naturally attractive balance between facial features. When performed by a qualified, experienced cosmetic surgeon, chin enhancement can provide a permanent solution to improve a weak or recessed chin.
When is Chin Implant Surgery needed?
If you are bothered by your recessed or “weak” chin, or you feel your facial features lack proportion, chin implant surgery can help you feel more confident in your appearance. Specifically, chin implants can:
- Improve facial harmony by bringing chin into better proportion with other features
- Correct a weak or recessed chin
- Improve definition of the neck and jawline
- Help reduce the appearance of a full or “double” chin caused by a small chin bone
What should you know before undergoing Chin Implant Surgery?
Not everyone can safely undergo this procedure. Chin implants may not be recommended in patients with:
- Severely small or deformed chin
- Severely thin lips
- Protruding lips
- Shortened mandibular height
- Severe malocclusion
- Periodontal disease
What are the complications and side effects?
When performed by a qualified, experienced cosmetic surgeon, chin augmentation is associated with very few complications. Possible risks include infection, hematoma (internal bleeding), shift in implant position, poor scarring, and side effects from anesthesia.
It is important you understand the precautions and know the possible complication and side effects before having this Chin Implant Surgery. If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor or surgeon for more information.
How do I prepare for Chin Implant Surgery?
Before your surgery, you are supposed to quit smoking and alcohol as these may interfere with healing. Inform your doctor of all the medications and supplements you are currently taking. Your doctor may ask you to stop taking them. If you have nail polish on, remove it. Don’t take aspirin or ibuprofen because it may increase bleeding. Consult with your surgeon for more specific instructions.
What happens during Chin Implant Surgery?
Surgery may be performed in the surgeon’s office, a hospital, or an outpatient clinic.
You will have x-rays taken of your face and chin. The surgeon will use these x-rays to find out what part of the chin to operate on.
When you need only an implant to round out the chin:
- You may be under general anesthesia (asleep and pain-free). Or, you may get medicine to numb the area, along with a medicine that will make you relaxed and sleepy.
- A cut is made, either inside the mouth or outside under the chin. A pocket is created in front of the chin bone and under the muscles. The implant is placed inside.
- The surgeon may use real bone or fat tissue, or an implant made out of silicone, Teflon™, Dacron, or newer biological inserts.
- The implant is often attached to the bone with stitches or screws.
- Sutures are used to close the surgical cut. When the cut is inside the mouth, the scar can barely be seen.
What happens after Chin Implant Surgery?
You will feel some discomfort and soreness. Ask your doctor what kind of pain medicine you should use.
You may feel some numbness in your chin for up to 3 months, and a stretching sensation around your chin for 1 week. Most of the swelling will be gone by 6 weeks, depending on the type of procedure you had.
If the cut was made under the chin, the scar should not be noticeable.
Most implants last for a lifetime. Sometimes, implants made from bone or fat tissue that was taken from your body will be reabsorbed.
Because you may have some swelling for months, you might not see the final appearance of your chin and jaw for 3 to 4 months.
If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with your doctor or surgeon for more information.
What should you do after Chin Implant Surgery?
You will need to sleep face-up, with your head elevated, for a minimum of 1 to 2 weeks after surgery to help control post-op swelling and protect your healing incisions. Your cosmetic surgeon may also require you to consume a liquid-only diet for a day or two after surgery. Strenuous activity can typically be resumed within 3 to 4 weeks after chin augmentation. You will probably have the outside bandage removed within a week of surgery. You may be asked to wear a brace while you are sleeping for 4 to 6 weeks.
It is important to follow your cosmetic surgeon’s specific instructions during recovery to ensure you heal well and your results look great as soon as possible.
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