The chin is one of the most prominent features of your face because it plays an important role in defining your facial profile and giving your face balance. A weak chin can easily bring imbalance to your face and detract from your eyes, nose, and other attractive features. Chin Implants are recommended for patients who need a stronger, more dominant chin that complements their other facial features. Chin Implants may be recommended in conjunction with other procedures, such as Rhinoplasty, to enhance the symmetry of the facial features.
About the Procedure Procedure
To augment the chin, Dr. Brian Maloney begins by making an incision either in the natural crease line just under the chin or inside the mouth, where the gum and lower lip meet. By gently stretching this tissue, he creates a space where an implant can be inserted. This implant, made of synthetic material that feels much like natural tissue normally found in the chin, is available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. This allows custom fitting of the implant to the configurations of the patient’s face. After implantation, Dr. Maloney uses fine, dissolvable sutures to close the incision. When the incision is inside the mouth, no scarring is visible. If the incision is under the chin, the scar is usually imperceptible.
After surgery, you may experience some tenderness. Post-operative discomfort can be controlled with prescribed medications. Chewing will probably be limited immediately after chin surgery, and a liquid and soft food diet may be required for a few days afterward. Most patients feel a stretched, tight sensation after the surgery, but this usually subsides in a week.
After approximately six weeks, most swelling will be gone, and you can enjoy the results of your procedure. Rigorous activity may be prohibited for the first few weeks after surgery. Normal activity can be resumed after approximately ten days.
Candidates for a Chin Implant
As with all elective surgery, good health and realistic expectations are prerequisites. It is also key to understand all aspects of the surgery. A pleasing, balanced profile can be achieved by inserting a chin implant to build up a receding chin. The result can be greater facial harmony and an increase in self-confidence.
Benefits of a Chin Implant
Many patients do not consider the way in which their chins affect their appearance. Having a chin that is too small can actually make other facial features, such as the nose, appear much larger. Chin Implants are recommended by Dr. Maloney to improve the symmetry and balance of the face.