Chin Correction (Augmentation)
Aesthetic chin surgery is usually performed to augment a ‘weak’ chin or to balance other facial features, such as a prominent nose. Surgeons often use a synthetic implant (such as silicone) to improve facial contours (for chins and higher cheekbones). Chin implant procedures can easily be combined with cheek implants or used in combination with other plastic surgery procedures such as rhinoplasty.
Take It On The Chin
Patients with what are known as a ‘weak’ or concave chin, disproportionate nose (or both), can greatly benefit from this procedure as it enhances the jaw, also assisting to balance a pronounced nose. Ideal candidates are in excellent health and have not experienced any cardiac condition or serious incidence of hypertension. Patients taking anticoagulants (warfarin or heparin) should also avoid such a procedure.
Usually an outpatient procedure, chin enlargement can be performed in either an outpatient clinic or hospital using a local or a general anesthetic. An incision is first made in the most discreet location possible (inside the mouth is best to minimise scarring, although underneath the chin is an alternative). The synthetic chin implant is placed on top of the jawbone, secured, and sutured into place.
Risks and Complications
Although rare, surgical procedures can encounter complications. Facial implants are considered fairly safe however, complications occur when implants shift out of position, requiring a second chin operation to correct the problem. Infection is possible, although a less-common risk. Numbness is another rare side effect that can occur after chin surgery.
Standard hospital procedure requires that your surgeon perform laboratory investigations and/or diagnostic examinations to ensure that you are fit for surgery, prior to hospital admission and surgery.
Time required: One hour
Anaesthesia: Local with sedation or general anaesthesia
Back to work: client discretion
More strenuous activity: three to four weeks
Scars will fade: within the year
Note: This information acts as a guide to your possible treatment. Your individual concerns and specific medical history will need to be shared and discussed with your surgeon during your initial consultation.