A weak, severely recessed chin can be a lifelong source of embarrassment for many individuals. It can make an average-sized nose appear larger than it is, and an already prominent nose seems far larger. In general, it’s an unattractive, unwanted feature. There are several potential causes for a recessed chin, including:
- Birth defects
- Age-related bone resorption
- Injury or facial trauma
Am I a Good Candidate for a Chin Implant?
Are you bothered by your weak chin or feel that your facial features lack symmetry? Whether it is an elongated chin, congenital chin deformity, misaligned jaw, double chin, or sagging skin on the neck, you may be a good candidate for chin augmentation with an implant.
Ideal patients should also be in good overall health and have realistic expectations regarding the procedure’s outcome.
What Is a Chin Implant?
To correct this problem, many adults opt to undergo chin augmentation. Our Los Angeles plastic surgeon, Dr. Taylor, has helped hundreds of patients attain the facial balance they desired with safe, sterile, and surgically effective chin implants. The procedure is outlined here:
First, an incision is made in one of two places:
1.) The natural crease line under the chin
2.) Inside the mouth, where the gum and lower lip meet.
Then, the tissue is gently stretched to create a space where the implant can be inserted.
The implant, made of synthetic material with a texture similar to natural chin tissue, is available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. During your pre-operative appointment, Dr. Taylor will help you select the chin implant size and shape that is right for you. After implantation, fine sutures will close the incision.
Because the incision was made inside the mouth, there is normally no visible scarring; in cases where the incision is made outside the mouth, it is made discreetly under the chin, where it remains invisible to nearly everyone.
What Results Will I See With a Chin Implant?
The result is an attractive, natural-looking result that affords most patients an improved self-image. To learn more regarding chin augmentation, contact our Los Angeles plastic surgeon for an initial consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Chin Implant Surgery
What is chin augmentation?
Chin augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that increases the projection of the chin with the use of an implant. The surgery improves the appearance of a weak or receding chin to achieve a better balance with other facial features. It is a great way to restore balance to your face as it improves the chin, neck, and jawline contours.
What is the effect of a chin implant on my facial appearance?
The nose and chin perform an important act of balancing your facial proportions. A small chin can make your nose appear larger and vice versa. Your facial balance and outline are improved by adding a chin implant, resulting in a more attractive and youthful look.
Are there different options for chin implants?
Yes, chin implants vary in size and contour. Depending on your facial anatomy and desired degree of enhancement, your surgeon will find you an implant that suits your needs best.
Can chin augmentation be combined with other procedures?
Chin augmentation can be performed with other procedures such as facelift surgery, neck lift surgery, or rhinoplasty (nose surgery) for enhanced results. Those with a double chin can similarly get liposuction to remove excess fat on their neck and further improve the lower face and neck.
Those looking for a less invasive facial rejuvenation procedure may want to considernon-surgical FaceTite®. This radiofrequency-assisted liposuction treatment tightens skin while remodeling tissues.
During your pre-operative consultation, your surgeon will consider your facial dimensions and shape and recommend what procedures will be needed to create a beautiful and natural-looking result. All procedures are tailored to the individual patient’s needs.
How long is recovery after chin augmentation?
After surgery, most patients experience relatively little downtime. Mild to moderate discomfort will be experienced, but this is managed with pain medications or cold compresses. If your stitches are inside your mouth, you will be required to limit your diet to soft foods for a couple of days.
You can go back to work and normal activity in about five to seven days. However, strenuous activities should be avoided for three weeks following surgery. Following your surgeon’s post-operative instructions is critical to ensure you heal properly and your results look great.
How much is a chin implant?
The cost of a chin implant varies on the size of the implant chosen and the techniques used to perform the surgery. Additional cost factors include combination facial treatments and factors such as anesthesia, facility, and surgeon fees. You will be given a price estimate during your consultation with Dr. Taylor.
Are the results of a chin implant permanent?
The results of a chin implant are intended to be permanent. Unlike a breast implant, there is no risk of rupturing or developing a leak. As long as the implant is in place, you can enjoy your desired degree of enhancement for a long time. Ultimately, your other facial features may continue to change with age, but your enhanced chin should maintain the same look for many years.
Thomas S. Taylor, MD, FACS
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Pasadena, CA 91106
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