Chin augmentation refers to creating a larger or more projecting chin and is usually done to provide greater balance with the nose or the rest of the face. Chin augmentation procedure offers ways of achieving a wider chin by using dermal fillers but these do not do as good of a job with projection (the amount the chin sticks out from the plane of the face) as an implant. I prefer to use silastic (hard silicone) implants to create the desired changes for chin augmentation in Beverly Hills.
There are a myriad of shapes and sizes commercially available and I can also customize them when the need arises. These are solid implants, not gel-filled, and have been used for this purpose for over 50 years with a very good safety record. If a patient is unhappy with an implant or if there were an adverse event such as an infection they can be removed or exchanged via a very simple procedure. Through chin augmentation I have found that, when indicated, a chin implant can create an improved jaw line to frame the face and help to minimize jowls and rejuvenate the lower face. I often place a chin implant at the time of a facelift to enhance results as it will also provide for a more acute angle between the jaw and neck.
An implant can allow me to leave a nose on the larger size rather than having to create a tiny nose to balance a tiny chin. In the same way, a larger chin makes the nose appear smaller and there have even been occasions over the years where a patient sought me out for a rhinoplasty and ended up with only a chin implant.
I place these implants through small incisions underneath the chin. The bruising in chin augmentation is minimal and the swelling limited. The suture is removed at day seven and most patients feel comfortable returning to work within six to eight days. I believe it takes four months until the final shape can be appreciated, although in many cases the improvements are obvious from day one. As with many of the procedures that I do, a chin implant should enhance the overall aesthetics of the face and look entirely natural.
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FAQs About Chin Augmentation
What is chin augmentation?
Chin augmentation is a procedure that helps add definition to a weak chin. This procedure typically involves the addition of a silicone chin implant.
Am I a good candidate for chin augmentation?
The ideal candidate for chin augmentation is looking to improve a weak or receding chin. The jaw function should be normal. You must be in good health with a strong immune system. Men and women who smoke, have certain health issues, or who have immune deficiency disorders may be cautioned against the surgery.
What options do I have for implants?
Chin implants are crafted from solid silicone. They are hard, but they do not lose their shape over time. These implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and this makes it easy to find the perfect framing for your chin’s new look.
What will the doctor discuss during the consultation?
During the consultation, the plastic surgeon will look at your bone structure and see if you’re a good candidate for chin augmentation. If you are, he will discuss the different sizes and shapes of the implants and the different options available to you. You’ll also discuss things you must do before and after the surgery, what happens during the surgery, and potential complications or risks