Chin Augmentation - Providing Balance and Beauty to the Face
The chin can dramatically affect the overall appearance of the face by providing balance, definition, and beauty. If the chin is weak or overly prominent, the overall facial appearance may suffer. Chin augmentation, also known as mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure that uses implants to build up a receding or weak chin. Many people seek chin augmentation for aesthetic purposes, though the surgery can also help to correct congenital or traumatic abnormalities.
Because there is a strong relationship between the appearance of the chin and the nose, chin augmentation is often performed in combination with Rhinoplasty. For example, a receding or weak chin may make a large nose appear even larger. Improving the chin can help to balance out the other facial features for improved harmony. For instance, Chin augmentation combined with the neck liposuction addresses aging concerns.
Dr. Rubinstein of Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, PC performs chin augmentations in New York on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia and light sedation. The implant is inserted through a small incision made in the skin crease beneath the chin or on the inside of the mouth along the lower lip, then positioned over the jawbone before closing the incision. The surgery typically takes thirty minutes to an hour to complete.
There are many different types of facial implants used for chin augmentation, including implants made of non-toxic, non-fluid filled materials like solid silicone and polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon).
After Surgery: What to Expect
A small dressing or bandage applied to the chin after surgery usually removed after a few days. Patients may experience some discomfort, which usually lasts for a few days after surgery and controlled with medication. Bruising and swelling are common, with the majority of bruising fading within two weeks while swelling may last several weeks. Patients are typically able to return to work within a few days to one week following their chin augmentation surgery. However, exercise and activities that are more strenuous should be postponed for several weeks.
All surgeries carry potential risks. Complications from chin augmentation are generally rare but may include adverse anesthesia reaction, infection, and unnatural shape and implant shifting.