Implants may be used to augment the chin to improve facial contours and obtain a more harmonious facial profile. Many different implants and implant materials are available. One of the most common areas for facial augmentation are the chin.
A chin implant may be used correct a weak or recessive chin and is often done in conjunction with rhinoplasty to improving the facial profile. A receding chin makes the nose appear larger and more projected; correcting this reduces the perceived size of the nose. Chin implants are placed through an incision done under the jaw or through the mouth at the gumline between the cheek and the jaw. After the incision is created, a precise pocket is dissected out. The implant is then customized and placed into the precise pocket.
What are the options for implant materials?
A wide variety of implant materials are available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Dr. To typically uses implants made of solid shaped silicone or GoreTex®, implant materials with a long history of use and a favorable safety profile.
What sort of anesthesia is used?
Facial augmentation is done with intra-venous sedation and local anesthetic or under general anesthesia. Patient safety and comfort is the primary consideration, so be sure to discuss this issue with Dr. To.
What sort of pre-operative evaluation is necessary?
Routine medical clearance from the patient’s primary care doctor and standard laboratory tests are required. It is also necessary for patients to avoid certain medications, aspirin, herbal remedies and alcohol for the 10 days prior to surgery.
What is the typical post-operative course for facial augmentation?
After surgery tape may be applied to the chin to help decrease swelling and to keep the implant in position. Minor swelling and bruising may be noticed for the next several days. Patients typically return to work a few days after surgery.
How long do the results last?
As long as the implant maintains position and does not cause any problems, it can stay in place indefinitely.