Aesthetic chin surgery is performed to improve the balance of your facial profile and correct a “weak” chin. Chin augmentation with implants is the procedure of choice for most patients with normally functioning teeth and jaw development. A biocompatible implant is placed over the bone structure of the lower jaw, augmenting the dimensions of your jaw. Depending on the region augmented, you can create a stronger and/or wider chin, and even lengthen your face.
Chin Implants Standard Procedure Techniques
There are several options available for aesthetic chin surgery. Aesthetic chin surgery augments the bony structure of your jaw, and can create a stronger chin, make the chin wider, or even slightly lengthen your face. Implants of multiple shapes, sizes, and materials are available, and are chosen depending on the changes desired and the technique utilized. To perform aesthetic chin surgery, the incision is made and a pocket designed to accommodate the implant directly over the bone along the lower jaw. Solid silicon implants can be placed through a small incision under the chin. When other rigid biocompatible materials (such as Medpor) are used for chin augmentation, an incision inside the mouth is utilized. The chin implant is secured in place either by designing a well-fitting pocket, or affixing it to soft tissue or bone. The incision is closed, completing the chin augmentation. Usually the entire operation takes about 1 hour to complete, unless other procedures are being performed in addition to the aesthetic chin surgery. Tape is often applied to the skin to assist in holding the implant in place during the normal swelling after surgery.
Chin Surgery Recovery Process
The usual recovery after aesthetic chin surgery depends on the surgical approach utilized and if other procedures are performed at the same time. In general, from a chin augmentation alone, you will be active around the house the evening of surgery, but your lower lip will be “asleep” similar to after a visit to the dentist. This sensation returns overnight, and your chin will feel mildly sore and swollen. Prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medicines may be provided, and you should maintain light activities. You may be given a garment or your chin may be taped to help maintain the chin implant position during the swelling phase after surgery. Keeping your head elevated helps swelling resolve sooner. If your chin augmentation was performed through the mouth, you will be restricted to a liquid or soft diet for a few days until the gums have healed. You will rinse your mouth after eating to keep the sutures clean, and these will dissolve on their own after several weeks.
Recovery Time Frame
If your cosmetic chin surgery was performed with a small incision under your chin, sutures are normally removed after 4 to 7 days. A dressing will be applied to cover the area for about 3 days. Post-operative discomfort can be controlled with medication. Keeping your head in an upright position and applying cold compresses during the first 24 hours will keep swelling to a minimum though there will be some swelling observed. A soft food diet may be required for a few days as chewing may be limited. All swelling should be gone within 6 weeks. External scars are minimal and will fade over time. Strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks.
*Disclaimer-“There is no guarantee of specific results and that the results can vary from person to person.”
You walk out looking like your younger sibling. The implants will give your face a definition that it didn’t have before. Chin implants can improve the contour of your face and restore a certain degree of balance, thus postponing the need for a facelift. For patients receiving a face lift, chin implants can ensure longer-lasting results.