Reshaping The Face With A Chin Implant

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There are a number of different surgeries available to enhance and improve your face and chin area, with chin implants being a common one. Chin implants is actually done through a procedure called chin augmentation. This procedure helps to enlarge the size of your chin, as well as reshaping it. In most cases, an implant is inserted into the chin area, though some bone reshaping is also part of the process for many patients.

Who Needs Chin Implants?

The chin implant procedure is based on personal preference. Some individuals want to feel more confident and better about themselves by having an implant to make their chin larger or longer. It is usually to balance the face and have the chin a good size compared to their nose. Some patients also get it if they have a weak chin but a good bite.

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Chin Augmentation The Procedure

Chin augmentation using implants begins under general anesthesia. This allows you to be asleep completely so you don’t feel a thing. A cut is made outside your chin, or in some cases, inside the mouth. The implant will be placed under the muscles and in front of your chin bone. The implant will either be made of Dacron, Teflon, silicone or from fat tissue or real bone. If the surgery was performed through your mouth, no scars are visible. The entire procedure takes about 2-3 hours. If you are also getting another procedure, such as facial liposuction or rhinoplasty, this is generally don at the same time.

Possible Risks

All types of surgical procedures have some sort of risks, though they are rare and minor with chin implants and chin augmentation. Some possible risks include bruising, swelling, implant moving, damage to your teeth or to the nerves, which causes a loss of feeling. Rarer side effects include infection, pain that does not subside, blood clots and numbness. Possible cosmetic risks include an unevenness of the face, scarring, wounds that don’t heal completely or fluid collecting under the skin.

Chin Implant Recovery

Chin implant procedures are common plastic surgeries with a relatively short recovery time. You can expect numbness in your chin and mouth area for up to three months, though you will get some sensation after the first week. You may also have swelling in your chin for the first six weeks after surgery. Expect to be on a liquid diet for a couple days, before you are allowed to eat soft foods. Most chin surgeries heal quickly and let you remove the bandage after a week. Light activity is fine the day after surgery and normal activities after about 2 weeks. Keep in mind you won’t see the final appearance of your chin augmentation until it has healed and the swelling has gone down, which is about 3-4 months.

Getting chin implants is a good option if you are not happy with the size or shape of your chin in comparison to the rest of your face. Consult an experienced plastic surgeon to discuss possible implant options.