Not everyone is gifted with a balanced and well-defined facial contour. For some people, it could be the eyes or nose that is a strong point in their facial appearance. For others, it’s the chin. You may choose to keep it the way it is or undergo a chin augmentation surgery to enhance your profile and/or balance the contours of your face.
A chin augmentation, or mentoplasty, is performed for a number of reasons, such as to increase definition of a weak chin, strengthen facial features, restore your youthful look, or simply reshape the chin. If you have just gone through nose surgery, your rhinoplasty surgeon may recommend chin augmentation to achieve facial balance and harmony.
There are a few ways to perform chin augmentation, one of them is by inserting an implant under the skin of the chin. The implant to be used can be either silicone or real bone/fat tissue. Another common technique is by moving the bones. A chin augmentation may be performed at a hospital or in a surgeon’s clinic, and may take approximately 1 to 2 hours.
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During the initial consultation, your surgeon will ask about your age, goals, and medical history. A complete evaluation of your face, dental history, skin type and healing capacity are likewise part of the diagnosis to determine if chin augmentation is safe for you.
Ideally, you should not make a decision until you fully understand how the procedure works. The technique and anaesthesia that will be used should be jointly decided by you and your surgeon. You may be asked stop smoking or discontinue certain medications two weeks before your scheduled surgery.
Normally, you’d feel groggy and nauseous once the anaesthesia wears off. Your surgeon will prescribe you some pain medications to ease discomfort. For the first two weeks, you will experience soreness. Bruises will disappear in 2 weeks to 1 month. The stitches in your mouth may last for 4 to 6 weeks. Most patients are able to return to work in a week after the surgery.
Proper communication with your surgeon ensures success of the operation. Some of the risks associated with chin augmentation include profuse bleeding, infection, deformity of the chin, nerve injury, erosion of the bone, extrusion of the implant, and hematoma.
To know if you make a good candidate for chin augmentation simply fill out our personal assessment form. A board-certified surgeon will review your information and provide a price estimate for the procedure.