An underdeveloped chin may significantly affect facial appearance, causing the nose to look larger or the neck skin to appear loose. Chin augmentation is performed to provide a more balanced, proportional facial appearance. Chin augmentation (mentoplasty) may also be performed in combination with rhinoplasty or facelift surgery to help achieve optimal facial harmony.
Chin implant surgery
Dr. Kunkel performs chin augmentation surgery in an outpatient surgery center or hospital. The patient is put to sleep under the direction of an anesthesiologist (general anesthesia). The procedure takes about 45 minutes to complete. In most cases a small incision is made beneath the chin and a pocket is created for the implant. The chin implant is typically made of silicone rubber. Other types of implants are available and may be chosen depending on the patients desires and physical attributes. The implant is placed into the pocket and secured using sutures or small screws.
recovery after chin augmentation surgery
Mild swelling and bruising are present for a few weeks after chin augmentation. Tape may be placed on the skin around the chin implant and left in place for a few days. Most patients do not have much pain but the lower lip may be numb for a week or two after chin augmentation surgery. Patients may return to work within a few days but should avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks.
risks of chin implant surgery
Every surgical procedure includes risks. All operations, from hernia repairs to rhinoplasty to chin augmentation surgery include risks of infection, bleeding, blood clots, and poor healing. Issues that are more unique to chin implant surgery include long-term numbness of the lip, noticeable scars, rotation or movement of the implant, lack of symmetry between the two sides of the chin, and loss of chin bone volume over time.