Am I a candidate for Chin Implants?

Chin implants can benefit men and women alike; however, not all men and women are candidates for this plastic surgery procedure. For chin implant surgery to be successful, your jaw and teeth must function properly. If your chin is mildly weak and your jaw and teeth are functioning well, chin implants may be an ideal way to achieve the look you want. For chin implant surgery to be successful, your jaw and teeth must function properly. If your chin is mildly weak and your jaw and teeth are functioning well, chin implants may be an ideal way to achieve the look you want. It’s also important that your immune system function well to reduce the risk of infection after surgery.

How is the procedure performed?

The most common technique used to place the implant is done by making a small incision under your chin. If the chin implantation procedure is performed at the same time as a face lift, your surgeon will generally use the same below-the-chin incision for both procedures. The incision for a sliding genioplasty is made within the lip. The chin implant is then inserted and secured in place. This can be done by slipping the implant into a well-fitting pocket and possibly attaching it to bone or soft tissue. Most surgeons just use a pocket, while some prefer using screws to attach the implant to bone or soft tissue. The chin implant procedure is finalized with sutured closure of the incision. In all, the surgery takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes. The procedure will take longer if additional procedures are being performed simultaneously. Dr. Orloff will discuss the best method based on your desired goals.

Are there other alternatives to Chin Implants?

As an alternative to chin implants, a procedure called sliding genioplasty, or chin advancement may be recommended. This procedure involves cutting the chin bone horizontally and rotating it to make your chin straighter. Sliding genioplasty can also make your chin longer or shorten it vertically.

What is the recovery time from a Chin Enhancement Procedure?

Chin augmentation recovery time varies based on whether the implant procedure was performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures. If you had just the chin implant, you should feel fine the day of the surgery, although your surgeon will probably advise you to take it easy. You may have mild soreness in the chin area and some swelling. The chin area may feel tight due to the increased volume provided by the implant, and the body’s swelling response. If the pain is more than mild, DR. Orloff may prescribe pain medicine or advise you on OTC painkillers. The pain medicines are usually needed, if at all, for only a few days. You may be advised to keep your head elevated to minimize swelling, which is temporary.

When can I get back to my normal activities?

In general, return to work and other normal activity can occur within a week.

Will there be a scar?

There will be no visible scarring if the chin implant is placed via an incision in your mouth. There may be a very small scar if the implant is placed via an incision under your chin which is normally only noticed by you.

Are there any risks of Chin Enhancement Surgery

As with any surgery, postoperative after effects and potential risks accompany chin implant surgery. Your lip area may feel numb, like after a dentist visit, if the incision was made through the mouth. Feeling should return the following day. Your chin area will be mildly swollen and sore. Sensation to the area may be changed. This may be a temporary or permanent change. As with any type of surgery, infection, though rare can occur and an antibiotic may be prescribed.