Chin Implant Surgery (Chin Augmentation)

Surgical use of implants define your chin

By Kai Wade, Director of Communications & Social MediaLast modified: June 13, 2012

Chin Implant Surgery (Chin Augmentation)

Your facial presentation is indomitable by three components: skin, soft tissues and strong underlying facial bones. Disproportionate and weak configurations of these basic elements can lead to a recessed chin, an undefined jaw or cheeks that are flat significantly disturbing your self-confidence. Chin implant surgery or chin augmentation is the surgical use of implants to convey a better balance between your chin and other facial features. Implants intensify the size and projection of a chin that does not project in proportion with the forehead or mid-face. A recessed chin is best described as one that seems to disappear within your neckline. The procedure is very commonly combined with a nose job (rhinoplasty).

A Good Candidate For Chin Implant Surgery (Chin Augmentation)

The best candidates are individuals with weak or receding chins, but an average dental bite. You should be in good physical condition with no pre-existing medical conditions. If you feel unhappy about the small size of your chin in comparison to your other facial features and have realistic expectations then chin implant surgery can help you.

Chin Implant Surgery (Chin Augmentation) Procedure

Chin augmentation surgery is a relatively simple procedure that involves making an incision inside the mouth or under the chin bone to create a pocket. A sterile surgical implant is located and secured in front of the jawbone. The skin covering the implant preserves its smooth form and the implant itself becomes untraceable after a short time. The incisions will be sealed shut with absorbable sutures or stitches.

The material used to create the implant can vary, but they are generally made from silicone. The implants are also available in a variety of different sizes and shapes, though they can be additionally customized to dictate to the needs of each patient.

Side Effects And Risks Of Chin Implant Surgery (Chin Augmentation)

As with any surgery, there are risks associated with chin implant surgery. Risks associated with surgery include asymmetrical results, capsular contracture, changes in sensation, bleeding, swelling, and movement or shifting of the implant. Although rare, your body’s immune system may reject the implant or rupturing may occur.

Recovery From Chin Implant Surgery (Chin Augmentation)

If swelling or bruising occurs an application of tape will be applied for one week to aid in the recovery stages. Pain and discomfort can last for several days following the procedure, but this can be alleviated through oral pain medicine. Facial movements or talking may be difficult for several days following the surgery. Instructions by your surgeon can include a liquid diet and avoiding strenuous activities for up to a week. It is important that you chart and follow all of your doctor's instructions to minimize risks, and help speed your recovery.

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