Have you ever wondered why your neck does not seem to be well defined? Perhaps you have always noticed that you have a small chin… Chin implant and augmentation procedures are particularly helpful to enhance the facial profile and to establish harmony with other facial features. It is also an excellent adjunct to rhinoplasty- for the right person! Dr. White has published about chin implant surgery in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal and would be happy to assess your candidacy.
Chin augmentation can either be accomplished with a chin implant or by osseous genioplasty (chin advancement). The latter involves breaking the chin bone and either sliding it forward or extending it downward. While this surgery is versatile, it carries with it significant risks of chin numbness and tooth damage, among other problems, and still requires placement of an implant in the form of screws and/or a metal plate.
Fortunately, most people can reach their aesthetic goals with a chin implant and do not require the augmentation. Chin implant procedure is an outpatient surgery that can be combined with other surgeries, commonly facelift surgery and rhinoplasty.
After determining with you how much projection that you want to add to your profile, Dr. White places the implant against the chin bone through an incision that is hidden well under the chin. The implant can also be placed via an incision in the mouth, however this carries with it the potential increased risk of implant infection and, most importantly, disruption of the chin muscles.
For many patients, the option to combine cosmetic procedures during a single visit is totally possible and absolutely allowed by most plastic surgeons across the nation. A patient may choose to have a facial implant alongside a facelift, for example. Combining plastic surgeries actually does have a few benefits that patients can take advantage of. For example, by performing two surgeries in one visit, you can take yourself time and significant amounts of money. As a drawback, however, the surgery may take longer to complete and the recovery time could be drawn out a bit further than previously expected.
During your visit, your surgeon can determine whether or not combining surgeries into one procedure is worthwhile or even necessary. Their opinion will be the most vital part of the operation. Should this be an ideal option, your plastic surgeon will prepare the necessary steps to perform both operations at once.
Depending on the type of implant a patient opts for, the length one experiences pain for varies greatly. For a genioplasty (chin implant), the pain should subside after two or three weeks after the surgery has been completed. The reason such an operation will be painful for such a lengthy period of time is due to the implant being placed on the bone itself. When an implant is placed on such bone, the swelling and pain generally takes a bit longer to subside fully.
In terms of recovery, a facial implant will generally begin healing within two weeks. For many, the post-op swelling and pain will be quite minimal after the ten-day mark. During this time period, most patients will experience bruising and swelling within the area of their operation. For a chin implant, the definition will take a few months to fully improve once the procedure has been completed.
Chin implants and/or augmentation at ARC Plastic Surgery make it possible to enhance your appearance and eliminate signs of premature aging that undermine self confidence. By changing how you look, facial plastic surgery can improve your self image. Contact our team at (305) 697-5901 today.