Those who have a small chin might notice that some of their other facial features appear larger and imbalanced in proportion with the rest of the face. If you believe this applies to you, chin augmentation, which is also known as mentoplasty, could effectively correct this. Chin implants come in a vast range of shapes and sizes and can strengthen the appearance of a receding chin or simply restore balance to a patient’s profile. The implant is placed over the lower jaw to essentially increase its dimensions in order to create the desired effect.
Who Can Benefit from this Procedure?
Both men and women alike can potentially benefit from this surgical procedure. However, to be considered an ideal candidate, it is imperative that a patient’s jaw and teeth are in good condition and function properly. Additionally, as is the case with any other surgical procedure, a patient’s immune system must function. A compromised immune system creates a high risk of infection.
How the Procedure is Performed
The chin implant is made of a soft, rubbery, and flexible material, which allows it to be easily inserted through a small incision. Generally, solid silicone is used for these implants, though it is possible for it to be made of other soft materials. Prior to the surgery, you and your surgeon will choose the implant size and shape that best suits your aesthetic goals.
It is also not uncommon for this procedure to be performed in conjunction with other surgical procedures, such as a face lift. If your chin augmentation procedure is performed with a face lift, the surgeon will likely use the same incision for both procedures.
Risks Associated with Chin Augmentation
Every surgical procedure comes with some risks, though these can greatly be reduced when you choose to work with an experienced, skilled, and board-certified plastic surgeon. Some of the potential risks that are associated with this procedure include:
- The lip area might feel numb, but feeling should return the next day
- The chin area will become mildly swollen and sore
- Sensation to the chin area might change, which could be permanent
- The chin implant could shift, though this can be minimized by avoiding contact to the implant area for at least 4 to 6 weeks
- An infection could develop due to the implant, which will require your surgeon to remove it and redo the procedure
Recovering from a Chin Implant
Recovery time for a chin augmentation procedure can vary, particularly if a patient had other surgical procedures performed on the face at the same time. If you only had a chin augmentation performed, you will begin to feel fine the day after your surgery, though your surgeon will advise you to rest to help facilitate your recovery. In addition to soreness and swelling, your chin might feel tight as a result of the increased volume that your new implant provides. If the incision used to insert the implant was made through the mouth, you might have to eat a bland, soft food diet for a few days so that your gums have enough time to heal.
While mild pain is expected, if the pain you are feeling is more severe or unbearable, it is crucial that you notify your surgeon. To address this, you will likely be prescribed pain medication and, as a preventative measure, antibiotics to prevent an infection.
Chin Augmentation in Las Vegas
There are many features on a person’s face that can impact its overall look. If your chin detracts from the shape and balance of your face, a chin augmentation can help address this. As a result, your profile will have improved definition and your face will appear more proportionate, allowing your other incredible facial features to shine. At Smith Plastic Surgery, our Las Vegas plastic surgeon will meet with you to discuss your goals and customize a plan that perfectly suits your needs, addresses your concerns, and achieves your goals.
While this procedure can be performed on its own, it is often performed with other procedures, such as rhinoplasty or a face lift. During your initial consultation with Dr. Smith, you can address any other concerns you might have and decide if you would like to combine your chin augmentation surgery with other procedures.
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