Chin implants are a popular cosmetic surgery option for individuals who feel that their chin is not as defined or lacks proportion to the rest of their face. The following are a few of the reasons why patients opt for chin implants:
- to correct a recessed or otherwise weak chin,
- to increase the prominence of the chin bone to reduce the appearance of a double chin,
- to improve jawline and neck definition, or
- to bring the chin into proportion with the other facial features for a more balanced appearance.
The implant itself is made from a durable material, usually silicone, that is molded around the natural bone to provide the desired amount of enhancement. Implants come in a wide range of contours and sizes to suit any patient.
What to Expect During a Chin Augmentation Procedure
Chin augmentation is normally performed as an outpatient surgery using local or general anesthesia. The implant, which is made from a biocompatible material, is inserted through an incision made inside of the mouth or under the chin to keep the scar as invisible as possible. Once the implant is in place, the incision is closed with sutures, and a bandage is placed over the chin. If chin augmentation is the only procedure being performed, the surgery can be completed in about an hour.
The Recovery Process
It is important to follow the surgeon’s aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing and to prevent complications. Patients are normally able to return to most activities within a week of their surgery; however, strenuous activity should be avoided for the first month. There will be some swelling and bruising immediately following the surgery; however, most of the swelling should subside within a month or two to reveal the final results.
When looking for a Beverly Hills board-certified plastic facial surgeon to perform a chin augmentation, it is important to look for a surgeon like Dr. Firouz with extensive experience involving implants and who will take the time to help you find the implant that will provide the most natural results.