Facial balance is achieved when the structures of the face are in good proportion. The chin and jawline are part of this framework, a necessary aspect of the contouring between the face and neck. A chin that is small or recessed alters facial harmony and can detract from some features while accentuating others, such as a heavy neck or loose skin. Enhancing the chin with custom augmentation can dramatically improve a person’s appearance.
What is chin augmentation?
Chin augmentation is a technique through which the chin is strengthened and enhanced to bring the lower face into better proportion with features including the nose. This procedure is performed as a way to contour the face into a more attractive balance.
Who is a good candidate for chin augmentation?
Individuals who have a normal dental bite but a small or receding chin make good candidates for chin augmentation. The enhancement of the chin may also be considered alongside rhinoplasty for individuals who are interested in improving their nose shape or size.
During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to engage in thoughtful discussion with your experienced surgeon regarding your goals and concerns. Considering your desired outcome, we can develop the best course of treatment for your needs.
Is chin augmentation done with implants?
Chin augmentation may involve implants. While facial implants may be made from various different materials, medical-grade silicone is one of the most popular. This is because silicone is form-stable and biocompatible, meaning silicone should not leak from the implant and the presence of the implant should not provoke irritation in surrounding tissue. Medical-grade silicone implants are both durable and elastic, enabling them to look and feel like natural facial tissue.
While chin implants are often used to achieve long-lasting facial augmentation, there are some patients who prefer a non-surgical approach to chin enhancement. For these people, we may achieve moderate augmentation using dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® VOLUMA™. Fillers are made from biocompatible hyaluronic acid, a substance that is found in our joints, eyes, and skin. A product like Voluma has sufficient density to build a scaffold beneath the tissue of the chin without the need for downtime. However, results gradually decrease over approximately two years.
Chin Augmentation Surgery
Chin augmentation is typically performed as outpatient surgery. A patient may receive general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. An incision is made either just under the chin or inside the mouth. This, as well as the type and size of the implant, is determined during our initial consultation. The implant is inserted through the implant and fitted over the natural chin bone. It is then secured over the front of the jawbone. The incision is closed and covered with a dressing. After a short post-operative recovery period, the patient is released to be taken home by a friend or family member.
Can chin augmentation be combined with other procedures?
Some patients undergo chin augmentation as an individual procedure, but the technique can absolutely be combined with others. Two procedures that are specifically complementary to chin augmentation include rhinoplasty and neck contouring. This is because the chin and nose ideally have similar projection. Contouring the neck with a neck lift or liposuction accentuates the shape of the jawline to align better with the stronger, sharper chin. More extensive rejuvenation can also be achieved by combining chin augmentation with a facelift, which lifts sagging tissue from the jawline and lower face and restores a degree of height to the cheeks.
Our comprehensive consultation process will enable you to observe and consider how your new chin will fit into the broader scope of your face with or without additional contouring procedures.
What is the recovery period After chin Surgery?
Patients go home shortly after their chin augmentation procedure. Depending on individual circumstances, the chin may be bandaged or taped to manage immediate postoperative swelling. Until the effects of anesthesia have completely worn off, it is beneficial to have a loved one at home, though the patient can expect to be relatively mobile and capable of safely conducting light activities within their home.
Some patients can return to work 4 to 5 days after chin augmentation, depending on their required activity level. Strenuous activity needs to be postponed for approximately one week after surgery. Contact sports and other activities in which impact to the face is possible should not be resumed for at least 8 weeks.
What are the risk factors of a chin augmentation?
Some patients notice speaking challenges after chin augmentation due to the presence of the implant near the jaw bone. This is not a complication so much as a normal side effect that should go away on its own.
Complications related to chin augmentation are actually quite rare. Potential risks include a shift in the position of the implant, lingering numbness in the chin or lower lip, infection, and bone erosion beneath the implant. Fortunately, if any of these complications were to occur, correction is possible.
Will I have noticeable scarring after chin augmentation?
Incisions do result in surgical scars. Chin augmentation is conducted through incisions placed in an area where resulting scarring is discreet, if not altogether hidden.