Many patients who struggle with having a weak or misshapen chin often feel that it disrupts the harmony between their facial features. A more prominent and well-defined chin can help balance the face and make a person feel more secure about their appearance. Chin augmentation, or mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure that usually involves placing a chin implant to enhance and reshape an underdeveloped or inconspicuous chin.
A good candidate for chin augmentation has a noticeably small chin that has no significant overbite, and your lower jaw should be set back. You must also be in good health and have realistic expectations of the procedure. Additionally, you will be asked to stop smoking a few weeks before and after your surgery to minimize the risk of complications. You may be a candidate for chin augmentation if you struggle with one or more of the following deficiencies:
- An asymmetrical chin
- A weak chin and jawline
- A malformed or underdeveloped chin
Chin augmentation is a surgical procedure performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia. This procedure can take as long as one hour depending on the amount of correction needed. A tiny incision will be placed either under the chin or inside the mouth to create a small pocket just below the muscle layer and above the jawbone.
The implant will then be carefully placed and secured within the pocket. Once your surgeon has positioned the implant to look natural and balanced, sutures will be used to close the incisions. The treated area will then be dressed in a compression garment to aid in the healing process. Because incisions are hidden in inconspicuous areas, scars will be almost imperceivable and eventually fade over time.
Following your chin augmentation surgery, pain, swelling and bruising can be expected. These side effects should, however, resolve after a few days. Make sure you rest with your head elevated to avoid placing tension or pressure on the treatment area and apply cold compresses to help reduce swelling. Swelling along the chin may cause it to appear shiny at first, but this will subside within a few weeks. You will be asked to avoid all strenuous activity for approximately three to four weeks after your procedure. You may return to work after one week of recovery.
You will notice an immediate improvement following your surgery. Chin augmentation patients can expect long lasting to permanent results that will boost their confidence and self-esteem as they enjoy their newly shaped chin and sculpted jawline.
Chin augmentation surgery does not typically result in any significant complications. Although rare, some risks may include bleeding, hematoma, scarring, infection, or implant shifting.
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