Chin implants enlarge the chin to help provide symmetrical balance to the facial features and profile augmented by a weak chin. By placing a biocompatible implant in the lower jaw, patients can create a stronger chin that lengthens the entire face. While many patients use dermal fillers to increase the size of their chin, these results are temporary only lasting for a few months and require frequent touch ups. In comparison, chin implants offer patients permanent results that can be customized to achieve a unique desired look.
Since the size of the chin may be affected by the size and shape of the nose, this procedure is commonly recommended in conjunction with rhinoplasty in order to achieve a more satisfying facial proportion. It may also be combined with cheek implants or lip augmentation for maximum aesthetic results. Many patients do not come to a plastic surgeon requesting a chin implant, but are usually pleased with the outcome of this procedure after their doctor suggested it.
Chin implant procedure is ideal for patients with a weak chin and/or prominent nose, as this procedure helps to balance the facial features. Candidates should be in good overall health with no pre-existing medical conditions that can affect this surgical procedure. Patients who have taken Accutane® within the past six months or who are taking anticoagulants should not undergo this procedure. It is important for patients to have realistic expectations in order to achieve successful results.
Chin implant procedure takes less than an hour to perform and can be done under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the patient and the doctor’s preference. During the procedure, an incision is made inside the mouth to eliminate visible scarring. A pocket is created and the implant is then placed and positioned in front of the jawbone. Once in place, the implant is secured with sutures and the procedure is completed. For some patients, an incision made in the mouth may not be possible. In these cases, an incision is made in the skin underneath the chin so scars are not visible. Patients can return home the same day.
Recovery and Results
Patients may experience tightness and swelling in the chin after surgery. Any discomfort can be relieved with pain medication, although most patients report pain subsiding after a few days. A compression garment may be taped to the chin in order to reduce swelling during the healing process. Patients will be restricted to a soft diet for several days until the gums have healed from the incision. For incisions made under the chin, sutures are removed after four to seven days. No scars are visible for incisions made in the mouth.