Sometimes it’s a seemingly small change that can transform your entire face. That’s what a chin augmentation, or chin implant, can do for many people. By improving the size or shape of a chin, your overall appearance is improved as attention is deflected away from your chin.
Chin augmentation is facial surgery that reshapes or enhances the size of the chin. It can be done by inserting an implant or by moving or reshaping bones in the chin.
Plastic surgeon Tracy McCall in Milwaukee understands both the technical and artistic needs in chin augmentation and its special relationship to the rest of your face. She can assess your needs and determine if a chin implant will give you the results you are looking for.
Many people considering chin augmentation have tried injectable fillers to enhance their chin’s profile, but are now seeking a permanent solution. In general, good candidates for chin implants are healthy people with normally functioning jaws, but whose chin profiles are weak.
Designing Your Chin
Chin implants are uniquely designed for each patient to ensure the right shape and degree of augmentation. The implants are typically created using silicone, though other materials can be used. Augmentation may also include shaping the bone tissue within the chin area.
Since each implant is customized, you will be able to design a chin that will address personal problems with asymmetry, the chin contour, and size issues. Even aesthetic preferences, such as a dimple or square jaw, can be included in the design process. Your surgeon will discuss shape options for your chin during the consultation process.
Reshaping your chin may also produce some surprising benefits. By adding volume to the chin, implants may enhance the jaw line or reduce jowls. A larger chin may also provide a pleasing counterbalance to the nose, making a nose job unnecessary.
Chin Augmentation Procedure
The exact procedure for a chin implant varies from person to person but in general, it involves creating an incision inside the lower lip or under the chin. The incision allows the surgeon access to the chin area to adjust the bone tissue and creates a pocket to place the implant, which will be fixed to the bone.
After the procedure, you will experience some bruising and swelling and feel some discomfort, which can be easily controlled with medication. You may want to restrict yourself to a liquid or soft diet for a few days. The outside bandage is usually removed within a week of surgery, though you may be asked to wear a brace when you sleep for four or more weeks.
The day of the surgery, you can enjoy light activity and you should be able to return to work in a week to 10 days. Typically, most of the swelling is gone in six weeks, though you may feel some numbness in your chin for up to three months.
For more information about chin augmentation and to learn how implants can be customized to enhance your overall appearance, we recommend a personal consultation with Dr. McCall. She can explain the process and answer all of your questions.