Chin Augmentation or Enlargement can be performed surgically by rearranging the existing bone of the chin or by placing a synthetic implant over the surface of the bone under the skin and muscle.
Chin Implants are either Silastic, made of silicone elastomer, a flexible plastic that does not adhere to the bone; or Medpor, a porous polyethylene biomaterial that allows bone ingrowth and becomes part of the bone.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE?
If you have a small or receding chin, you may be a candidate for chin augmentation. Chin augmentation may balance your profile by augmenting the deficient chin area and giving more balance to the face. A chin that looks too small in comparison with other facial features may possibly make the nose appear longer or too large for the face. Many times, the consultation for Rhinoplasty will reveal the need for a chin implant.
If the chin is deficient, the neck ages much faster because there is less support for the excess skin that falls from the face into the neck because of gravity. Chin Implants are often placed at the time of neck liposuction or along with a neck muscle tightening procedure, platysmaplasty.
Often times, if indicated, a chin implant is placed at the time of a Neck Lift or Facelift to enhance the results of the procedure.
The intended result is an improved facial and neck profile. After chin augmentation, one should expect a more attractive jawline that creates a better balance between the chin and other facial features.
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under sedation with local anesthesia or under general anesthesia. An incision is made inside the lower lip or under the chin, and an implant is placed. In an alternative method called sliding osteotomy, a portion of the chin bone is permanently moved forward.
The patient goes home with a small pressure dressing over the chin and a band that supports the neck and chin area that fastens with velcro behing the crown of the head. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Swelling, tenderness, and possible local numbness gradually subside within a month or two.
This procedure is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.
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