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.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Chin Augmentation?
We all have our own reasons for wanting to make changes in our appearance, be it a new hairstyle or extra skin on a tummy. If you’ve thought your chin looks weak, not wide enough, or not full enough, that makes you a candidate for chin augmentation with Dr. Kunkel. Chin augmentation is all about feeling good about your profile, and the balance you see in your face.
You may feel that your chin isn’t strong enough to balance your lower face with your upper face. You may feel your chin is recessed and not very visible. You may feel your chin doesn’t create enough space between your mouth and lips and your jawline. Whatever your reasons, chin augmentation could change all of them.
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
These are not difficult recoveries. Dr. Kunkel will prescribe pain medication, but most patients feel over-the-counter options are sufficient. If you have a desk job, you’ll likely be able to return to work within 7 days after your surgery. As the size of your chin has increased, the area will feel tight and there will be some swelling. This feeling of tightness will last about two weeks as the surrounding tissues adapt. Diligent use of a cold compress can mitigate much of your swelling.
You’ll need to sleep with your head elevated and with your face up for a minimum of 1 to 2 weeks. This helps to control swelling and it protects your incisions (unless your implants were placed in the mouth). If you have mouth incisions, you’ll only be able to have a liquid diet for the first day or two after surgery. You’ll need to keep your sutures and the incision clean for the first few days, as well.
Strenuous exercise or jobs requiring physical labor can be resumed in 3 to 4 weeks depending on your healing. Dr. Kunkel will see you during your recovery and he will give you timelines for returning to work and strenuous exercise.
Can I Combine Chin Augmentation With A Facelift?
Yes. A facelift removes excess skin and tightens the underlying muscle layer, bringing sagging tissues back upward. Facelifts are good procedures to combine with chin augmentation. If you have some accumulated fat under your chin and upper neck, Dr. Kunkel can perform neck liposuction to further slim and define your results.
The advantage of combining a facelift with chin augmentation is that you’ll have just a single recovery period for two procedures.
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.
How Long Does Chin Augmentation Surgery Take?
These are not overly complicated procedures. They generally take Dr. Kunkel between 45 and 60 minutes. Of course, there is some additional time for prep and recovery from your anesthesia.
Does Chin Augmentation Require An Overnight Hospital Stay?
Am I Able To Eat Solid Food After Chin Augmentation Surgery?
If Dr. Kunkel opts to place your implants through incisions in your mouth, you will not be able to eat solid food for about two days. It will be important to keep food off of your incisions, as well. If your incision is made under your chin, there aren’t any limitations on diet. You do need to take into account that your chin area will feel tight for about two weeks. Eating foods that need lots of chewing could be somewhat irritating if your skin feels tight, but this varies by the individual.
Can Chin Implants Be Removed?
Silicone implants can easily be removed. Polyethylene and Gore-Tex implants can be removed but doing so are more involved because tissues and bone can grow into the implants. This anchors them effectively but also makes them much more difficult to remove.
Is Chin Augmentation Covered By Insurance?
Chin augmentation is considered to be elective surgery, so it is not covered by health insurance. We do offer CareCredit for paying for your surgery.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you’re interested in learning more about chin augmentation please contact us for a consultation at 817.335.5200 or fill out our contact us form. We will discuss your needs and concerns, and determine your best course of action.