What is Chin Augmentation?
Chin enhancement surgery is an ideal option for those who feel that their chin is disproportionate to the rest of their face. Your doctor may suggest this procedure to reshape your chin and make it look more aesthetically appealing on your facial profile.
A chin augmentation procedure is often recommended for patients who have a receding, weak chin or an undefined jawline. In the latter case, the jawline is incapable of framing the face or distinguishing the neck. After a chin implant has been placed, it can give the patient a natural-looking, strong, and well-defined jawline.
Chin augmentation can be paired with rhinoplasty surgery to achieve the best results for your profile, as reshaping the nose and chin together will often have a more comprehensive impact on the facial proportions.
The Chin Implant
The appearance of your chin implant may vary depending on the material utilized to manufacture it. For instance, silicone or GORE-TEX® chin implants are preformed and are usually shaped similarly to the sleek chin guard seen in a sports helmet. Sometimes, the surgeon will do additional carving of the implant in order to achieve a custom fit and the patient’s specific aesthetic goals.
The Chin Augmentation Procedure
Chin augmentation surgery is an outpatient procedure performed with the help of general anesthesia. It takes only about an hour to complete the surgery.
During a chin augmentation procedure, your surgeon will make an incision just beneath your chin. A pocket will be created above your chin bone and under the muscle. Inside this pocket, the implant will be placed. Your surgeon will then close the incision using fine surgical stitches.
After the chin augmentation surgery is completed, the doctor may tape up your chin in order to keep the inserted implant in place until it is strongly settled into its new position.
Chin Augmentation Recovery
After the chin augmentation surgery, your surgeon will likely remove the stitches in around five to six days during a follow-up appointment. The surgeon may prescribe the application of a cold compress to the surgical site during the initial recovery time. This will help in reducing any bruising, discomfort, and/or swelling. Any post-surgical swelling and/or bruising typically subsides within a week.
Your surgeon will give you post-operative care instructions to support the chin healing process. You may be asked to go on a liquid diet for a day or two after surgery. You will be required to visit your surgeon during regular follow-up appointments, as this will help ensure that the healing is taking place as expected. Most patients of a chin augmentation procedure find themselves back at work and performing their daily activities in just five to seven days after surgery.
Contact Us for a Consultation
Are you interested in a more sculpted profile? If so, a chin augmentation may be right for you. Contact our office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Williams. During your consultation, you will learn more about the surgical and post-surgical process, and you will discuss your aesthetic goals so that Dr. Williams can help you achieve them.