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 seem 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
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, or 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 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.
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.