Frequently Asked Questions About 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.
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.
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.
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
After the anesthesia is administered, the doctor makes a small incision below the chin and creates a pocket for the implant. The implant is then secured in place by making sure the pocket is snug or by affixing it to the soft tissue or bone. Once the implant is in place, the incision is sutured. Expect this procedure to normally last 30 to 45 minutes.
While there is a small scar following a chin augmentation, it’s small and hidden below your chin.
While it’s important to stop smoking for your health, it’s really important to stop smoking a few weeks before and after your surgery. Smoking restricts blood flow to the vessels and affects the body’s natural healing process.
Avoid taking pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications. Aspirin and ibuprofen are two over-the-counter medications you need to avoid. You also will have to stop taking garlic supplements, several herbal remedies, and vitamin E. Ask your plastic surgeon for a complete list.
Following the surgery, expect to have some bruising and mild swelling. At seven days, the doctor removes your stitches. You can return to work around that time, if you feel ready. You will see improvements straight away, but the final shape of your chin can take up to four months to settle in as swelling fades.
Avoid all contact sports until you have healed. You do not want to risk damage to your chin or the implant.
Chin augmentation is a very safe procedure with low risk. As with any surgery, however, there are potential complications. Following the surgery, there may be some loss of sensation in the chin. This may or may not be permanent. Infection is another risk. If an infection sets in, the doctor may have to remove the implant. Finally, there is the chance that the implant will shift while your body heals.
Chin augmentation is an aesthetic surgery, so medical insurance does not usually pay for the procedure. There are exceptions to the rule, usually in cases where the surgery is to repair damage caused by trauma like a car accident. Your plastic surgeon’s office can find out if your insurance provider will cover part or all of the procedure.