Chin augmentation involves the surgical placement of a synthetic facial implant beneath the tissue of one’s chin. The implant can reshape and increase the projection of the chin to improve the balance of your facial features.
Indications for a Chin Implant
Inadequate chin projection is the most common indication for this procedure. Most people agree that a chin should be somewhat prominent, yet remain in proportion with features such as the nose and forehead. When the chin does not project sufficiently, these aspects of the face may appear larger than normal. Therefore, the goal is to balance the chin with the rest of the face.
If you meet the following criteria, you may be a good candidate for a chin implant:
- Relative lack of chin projection (microgenia)
- Disproportion among facial features
- Realistic expectations about cosmetic surgery
Chin implant surgery will not meet the aesthetic goals of every patient who appears to be lacking chin projection. If your microgenia is too severe, or if your teeth are misaligned, Dr. Morse may advise against the procedure or recommend a different course of action.
Your Chin Implant Procedure with Dr. Morse
Before your procedure, Dr. Morse may recommend a facial cleanser or mouthwash for you to use, depending on the incision location planned for your surgery. After a thorough examination of your face, neck and jaw, the doctor chooses an alloplastic facial implant that will achieve the desired result. Chin implants are made of several different materials, including silicone, Goretex and Teflon.
This surgery can be performed under local or general or local anesthesia. Two general incision methods exist for chin augmentation: inside the mouth or beneath the chin. Through this small incision, Dr. Morse creates a pocket for the chin implant and places it directly in front of the jawbone. Afterward, soft sutures and dressing close and cover the incision.
What to Expect After Surgery
It will be about 1 week before the sutures can be removed. During your recovery, you may be advised to eat a soft diet, elevate your head, refrain from touching the chin and practice a specific oral hygiene routine. Antibiotics and pain controlling medications are often prescribed.
To learn more about the benefits, costs or possible side effects of chin implant surgery, contact Dr. Morse for a personal consultation.