During a surgical chin augmentation, implants can be placed under the skin to help give the chin a more defined appearance. Chin implants are typically made of either silicone, Teflon, or dacron and come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Patients can achieve a look that is as bold or subtle as they like with the use of implants. Chin implants are often paired with other surgical procedures for more dramatic improvement.
How Does It Work?
During your in-person consultation, Dr. Farole will perform a chin analysis to determine if you’re a good fit for the procedure. He will show you before and after photos and talk to you about your goals before customizing a plan just for you.
Chin implants are typically performed under general anesthesia. At the time of your procedure, Dr. Farole will make a horizontal incision in the jawbone through the mouth. Over the next 1-2 hours, he’ll meticulously work to create a pocket below the muscle and above the bone where the implant will be placed. The implant is then inserted and sutured to prevent sliding. Afterward, the incision is carefully closed with dissolvable stitches.
Swelling, bruising, and soreness can occur for several days post-procedure. During this time, maintaining a soft food diet is encouraged. In most cases, you can return to work within one week. However, strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks.
Is It Right for Me?
You may be a good candidate for chin implants if you’re self-conscious about a weak chin or if you would like to reshape your chin to be more aesthetically pleasing. Patients with a sunken chin or a ‘double chin’ due to genetics or aging may also benefit from the use of implants.
Non-smokers in good overall health are best suited for surgical procedures such as chin implants. Talk to Dr. Farole about any medical conditions that may impair your ability to undergo general anesthesia beforehand.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
Some initial results can be seen right away. However, due to swelling, final results may be skewed for several weeks. As swelling subsides, continued improvement will occur. The end result is a chin with better definition and an overall symmetrical facial appearance.
Chin implants are a lifelong-lasting procedure. Patients will not need further implants or surgery unless the implant is damaged due to trauma.