Chin augmentation

Do you feel that your chin is out of sync with the rest of your face? Maybe you feel like you need to change something because your face is just not quite right. Chin augmentation may be the surgery for you. It is a surgical procedure to reshape or enhance the size of the chin; it can improve the balance of one’s facial structure. The procedure can be done by inserting an implant or by moving or reshaping the bones in that area. Chin augmentation is often done at the same time, or after, rhinoplasty to help balance facial proportions. However, before choosing to have any type of surgery, no matter the extent, it is important to understand the procedural techniques, benefits, side effects and complications, the recovery process, and the cost of the procedure.

Are You A Good Candidate?
If you have a weak chin but normal jaw function, chin augmentation may be for you. If you’re not happy with the shape of your chin, chin augmentation will also be for you. However, good health and reasonable expectations are requirements for any surgery, including this one.

The Procedure
Before the procedure – There are different ways to achieve the desired chin results; the options of these will be discussed in your initial consultation with the surgeon. An implant can be inserted, the bone can be moved forward to build up a receding chin, or a jutting or too prominent chin can be reduced. As always, choosing a qualified plastic surgeon that you can trust is a very important decision to make.

During the procedure – The procedure is done under local or general anesthesia. To augment the chin, an incision is placed either in the natural crease line under the chin or inside the mouth, where the gum and lower lip meet. This tissue is stretched to the point where an implant can easily be inserted. This implant is available in a variety of shapes and sizes, and custom fitting is done before the procedure. After the implant is inserted, fine sutures are used to close the incision. The scar is very tiny and often not noticeable to the naked eye.

In a chin reduction surgery, incisions are made at the same location: either under the chin or inside the mouth. Instead of inserting an implant, the bone is sculpted to the desired size; it is also possible that the surgeon will reposition the facial bones.

Either of these procedures can take anywhere from one hour to three hours.

After the procedure – Immediately after the surgery, a surgical dressing will be placed on the surgical site and should remain there for 2-3 days. There will be tenderness and discomfort, the latter of which will be resolved with pain medications. Chewing may be very difficult, and so a special liquid and soft food diet will be “prescribed.” Rigorous activity should be stopped for the first 10 days; after that, you can gradually incorporate activity. At about 6 weeks, the swelling should have disappeared, and the true results will be visible.

Benefits of Chin Augmentation
Many people are self-conscious about their bodies, especially those that are seen upon first glance, particularly the face. Chin augmentation can boost self-esteem and self-confidence, while improving one’s appearance and reducing the signs of aging.

Side Effects and Complications
Possible side effects and complications of chin augmentation include swelling, hematoma, temporary numbness of the lower lip, infection, bone changes, and displacement of the implant.

Cost of Chin Augmentation

Insurance typically does not cover a surgery done for cosmetic purposes only. Therefore, you will probably be paying out of your own pocket. It is possible to ask the facility about payment plans, as this will give you more time to pay for the procedure. Costs for chin augmentation can run anywhere from $500 to $5,500, depending on the location, the surgeon’s fees, the facility’s fees, and the type of augmentation you have done.

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