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Chin Augmentation (shaping/implants)

A balanced bone structure is the framework for ideal beauty. Facial implants are typically used to create the desired balance to the existing features of the face. It is also used to correct asymmetries and congenital defects. The most frequent types of implant procedures are performed in the cheek and chin area. A chin implant may enhance the overall contour of your face. The use of synthetic implants or reshaping is a safe and effective means of augmenting various regions of the face to achieve a more youthful and attractive appearance. The implants are made out of both solid and semi-solid materials that have been used successfully for years. Chin augmentation is often performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as a rhinoplasty, facelift or cheek augmentation to improve the overall balance between the chin and other facial features.

 

How is chin augmentation performed?

Chin shaping can be performed with the implant inserted either through a tiny incision underneath the chin, or through an incision inside the lower lip. Your surgeon will explain prior to your surgery which incision will be better for you. After the incision is made, a small pocket will be created beneath the skin, fatty tissue and muscle to hold the implant securely against the jaw. If your incision is made inside the lower lip, it is closed with dissolving sutures (stitches) that do not need removal. There will be no visible scar. If your incision is underneath your chin, regular sutures (stitches) will be used and are generally removed within one week, leaving a barely noticeable scar. Usually, the chin is taped after surgery to minimize swelling and discomfort.

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How long does chin augmentation take?

Chin shaping can take about one hour to perform.

What type of anesthesia is used?

Chin shaping is usually performed using local anesthesia along with a light sedative to make you feel drowsy and relaxed. If you are having additional procedures performed, you will receive general anesthesia, which will cause you to be asleep during the whole procedure.

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Where is the procedure performed?

Chin shaping is usually performed in a surgeon's office-based surgical suite, an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital.

When can I return home and resume normal activities?

Chin shaping is done on an outpatient basis. However, it is necessary that you have someone to pick you up after the procedure, take you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours. Most individuals return to their usual activities in one week.

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How do I prepare for chin augmentation?

During your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss the changes that you would like to make to your appearance. Since the appearance of your chin is a matter of personal perception and preference, you will need to discuss your concerns in detail so your surgeon can determine the appropriate alternatives. Your surgeon will evaluate and assess the position of your chin to determine facial symmetry and balance. Your surgeon may also point out other problems areas. For example, most people who consider chin augmentation may also be a candidate for rhinoplasty, or cheek augmentation, in order to create a more harmonious appearance. You also should make arrangements ahead of time for someone to drive you to and from your procedure and to assist you with your daily activities during your recovery period.

Prior to your surgical procedure, the surgeon will perform a complete health history and physical. Knowledge of your allergies, medications and previous surgeries should be brought to your surgeon's attention at this time. Smoking cessation is advised for at least three week prior to and two weeks after your surgery. Smoking inhibits blood flow to your skin and may delay the healing process of your incision areas. Specific instructions to assist you in preparing for this procedure will be given to you after the health history and physical is complete. Depending on your individual health status, the instructions may include guidelines regarding your diet, alcohol intake, smoking and which medications to take or avoid. Your experience will be much smoother if you remain compliant with your surgeon's instructions.

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When can I return home and resume normal activities?

Chin shaping is done on an outpatient basis. However, it is necessary that you have someone to pick you up after the procedure, take you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours. Most individuals return to their usual activities in one week.

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What are the possible complications after chin augmentation?

As with any surgical procedure, small sensory nerves near the surface of the skin may be interrupted and consequently, you may feel some numbness or have less than full feeling. Sensibility returns over several months, but some diminished feelings may last indefinitely. Facial nerve injury with weakness of a part of the face can occur on a transient or permanent basis, however is very rare. Other complications not listed here, can occur but are exceedingly rare. The shifting or imprecise of positioning of an implant, or an infection around it, could require a second operation or removal of the implant. Rarely, excess tightening and hardening of scar tissue around an implant can cause an unnatural shape. It is always important to be informed about the possible complications before any surgery. Be sure to discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon.

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What results can I expect after chin augmentation?

Upon awakening from the anesthesia, you may experience some pain that will be relieved with medication. If you experience continued discomfort, you will be given additional pain medication. During the healing phase, particularly during the first three to seven days, your activities and diet will be restricted. Your ability to smile and talk will be limited at first. Give your face an opportunity to heal and you will be rewarded in time. You may not be able to accurately evaluate your newly shaped chin for several weeks or months. Give yourself the opportunity to get used to your new look. Surprisingly, others may not even recognize that you have had a procedure; they just think you look better, more refreshed. Be sure to address any questions or concerns about this procedure to your surgeon immediately.

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