What is a chin augmentation?
A chin augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure used to make the chin more prominent, improve the profile, or balance the features of the face. Chin augmentations can take on many forms, from non-surgical implants using injectable fillers to surgical implants that involve silicone, Gore-Tex, or bone. Surgical implants are put in place either through incisions in the mouth or incisions in the neck. Speak to your surgeon about which type of implant procedure best aligns with your goals, needs, and medical history.
Who is a good candidate for a chin implant?
A good candidate for chin implant surgery is generally healthy and is considering chin augmentation for healthy reasons. A good candidate also has a firm understanding of the procedure and the procedure’s likely results. A poor candidate for chin augmentation would be someone who is in poor health or someone who has unrealistic expectations regarding the procedure’s outcome.
Can chin augmentations be paired with other types of surgery?
Yes. Chin augmentations are commonly paired with a rhinoplasty (nose job) procedure. This is because a chin implant can help balance the face and its features after a cosmetic nose procedure. In addition, chin implants may also be paired with neck liposuction or a facelift, two procedures that can also help those who would like a stronger chin or more defined jawline.
What are the possible risks and complications associated with chin augmentation?
All surgeries come with some degree of risk and complication. Although a relatively safe procedure, chin implants come with the risk of blood clots, nerve damage, numbness, discoloration, seroma, and infection. In addition, there is a small chance that the implant could fail or that the patient is not satisfied with the appearance of the implant.
How long does recovery take after a chin implant?
Chin augmentations are outpatient procedures and you will return home on the day of your operation. Most patients will need a few days of recovery at home but return to work within a week of the augmentation. Discomfort is minimal and patients should expect swelling to last for seven to ten days. Swelling will not completely disappear for a few months, at which point you will be able to better observe the results of your procedure.