About Chin Implant
A form of genioplasty, or chin surgery, this procedure is designed to increase a patient’s chin volume. By adding to the chin, it may be possible to improve facial symmetry or to create a defined contour and profile to the face, overall. The surgery involves creating a custom-fit chin implant and placing it around the existing chin bone. When performed by an experienced, professional surgeon, it can augment the size and shape of the chin and solve a weak or recessed chin permanently.
A chin implant rarely takes longer than an hour to perform alone. An incision is made either inside the mouth or below the chin, after which the implant is fitted to the chin bone. After implant is fitted, the incision will be closed with sutures and the chin may be bandaged to offer additional support.
Benefits of Chin Implant and What to Expect
There are a range of potential benefits to a chin implant, depending on the goals of the patient and the type of implant inserted. During the consultation, our team will work with you to understand the kind of chin you want. We may be able to help fix a weak or recessed chin and to improve the proportions of your facial features. Not only can it directly improve the appearance of your chin, it can also reduce the appearance of a full or double chin and improve other features by bringing the chin into better proportion with the rest. As such, you can see improvements in your neck and jawline as well.
Chin implants are custom made to your desires, as well as to the shape of your existing jawbone. Made of biocompatible materials, such as silicone, complications are rare. However, the exact results differ due to the variation in size and contour of the implant. A thorough consultation will ensure we insert an implant that helps you reach your goals as closely as possible.
Potential Candidates for Chin Implant
If you believe that you have a weak chin or do not like the appearance of double, full, or recessed chin, then a chin implant may be the right solution for you. For some degree of chin deficiency, other surgeries such as a sliding genioplasty may be recommended by our team, instead, as it is less invasive. Otherwise, it is important that you are in general good health before any cosmetic surgery. If you are a smoker, you may be required to quit smoking for weeks to months before the surgery. Furthermore, certain medical conditions and medications could lead to a higher risk of complications during surgery, so it’s essential to inform us of these during the consultation.
Pain Management Methods
Chin implants are a more invasive form of genioplasty, which means that some pain is to be expected. However, pain will be minimized usually with local anesthesia, which will keep you awake, but will numb your chin and jaw so that you don’t feel what’s going on. For those who prefer it, or are undergoing other procedures at the same time, general anesthesia may be used to keep you unconscious and unaware of the procedure until after it is finished.
Downtime After the Chin Implant Procedure
In general, chin implants require very little downtime, and you may be able to return to work and your daily life within a week following the procedure. There is very little pain or discomfort, and this can be controlled using cold packs or pain medication at our recommendation. There is likely to be some swelling and bruising. Most of this will disappear within one to two weeks after, though some residual swelling can remain for up to 3 months, after which you should see the final results of the surgery clearly.
Otherwise, we will require you to sleep face-up, elevating your head on a pillow for up to two weeks and no less than one week to ensure the incisions heal fully and to aid the process of reducing swelling. A liquid-only diet might be recommended for up to two days after surgery, but this is not always necessary. While you may be able to return to work within a week, we recommend not doing any exercise or strenuous physical activity for up to 3-4 weeks.
Three Most Commonly Asked Questions
Are the results permanent?: Professionally made chin implants are designed to be strong, resilient, and durable. As such, for most patients they will be a permanent solution to your existing chin problems. It’s important to note that your face will still change with age, but this will not impact the new contour and definition provided by the implant. Only strong trauma to face has a potential to damage an implant, in which case it may need to be replaced.
Can other procedures be performed during a chin implant?: Yes. If you have goals that cannot be met by a chin implant alone, we are able to perform more than one procedure at the same time. For instance, a chin implant can be performed alongside a rhinoplasty or neck liposuction. These will increase the overall length of the procedure but doing them together is often preferred as a means of reducing your overall recovery time. Depending on which procedures you combine, the aftercare precautions you have to follow may increase, so it’s important to listen closely to instructions and to get in touch if you forget any or have further questions.
There are different materials that can be used for a chin implant, and different contours and sizes designed depending on your needs. To ensure you’re choosing the right solution, a one-to-one consultation is necessary. Get in touch with Shonan Beauty in Thousand Oaks and Irvine and we can make sure you’re on the right path.
SBC Medical Group
The physicians and staff at SBC Medical Group are committed to helping you understand Chin Implants. Contact us with any inquiries or to schedule your consultation.