Chin Augmentation

chin-augmentation-weak-chin-before-afterThe chin is a distinct facial feature. Do you have what’s called a “weak chin”? Have you always wished for a stronger, more defined chin? Or maybe your chin is too prominent and you’d like less emphasis. Chin augmentation is a procedure Dr. Karen uses to bring balance to the face. It may also be an option for those who may have a congenital condition or have suffered a facial trauma.

Ideal chin position can be estimated by dropping an imaginary line from the highest point of the nose straight toward the floor. The male chin should be at or slightly ahead of this line, while the female chin should be just behind this line.

A weak chin exists when the lower jaw is further back, toward the neck, than your upper jaw. Men often grow beards to hide a weak chin. Or, a chin might be jutting, overly forward, from the face.

Correcting this through either augmentation or reduction will align the chin to its proper position. The bone can be moved forward (sliding genioplasty), or moved back (reduction genioplasty). Or an implant made of safe, permanent material can be inserted to move the chin toward this imaginary line.

What Can I Expect?

Surgery on the jawbone is performed through incisions on the inner surface of the lip. Implant material may either be placed through this incision or through a hidden incision under the chin where a pocket can be created to house the implant. These surgeries can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation (implant insertion) or under general anesthesia (jaw moving).

The risks of a chin augmentation are few, but may include bleeding, infection, and movement or asymmetries of the implant. Implants can be re-positioned with little difficulty. There is usually mild to moderate swelling that occurs post-operation. This can cause temporary sensory changes that will disappear as the swelling subsides. Very rarely, sensory nerves can be stretch and sensation will take longer to return.

Guidelines for After Surgery

After surgery, head elevation for 36 hours will decrease the swelling. Your chin will be bandaged for four to five days. Once the bandages are removed you will see some bruising, but this usually disappears within two weeks. Sutures will be removed five to seven days after the procedure. Heavy lifting and increased activity should be avoided for up to two weeks. Care must be taken during this time not to accidentally strike your chin, as shifting of the implant could occur. Antibiotics and pain prescriptions will be provided.

Is Chin Augmentation Right for Me?

Every person is different. The best way to find out if this procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Karen.

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