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Chin Augmentation (Chin Implant)

Chin augmentation is the surgical use of sterile synthetics or biological implants to bring the chin into better balance with your other facial features. It is very common to have chin implants when a nose job (rhinoplasty) is being done. Physicians may refer to the procedure as genioplasty. The outcome should be a balanced relationship between the structures of the face and may bolster your self-esteem.

The operation usually takes one to two hours and is done on as either an inpatient or outpatient procedure depending on the extent of the work that needs to be done. It is almost always done under local anesthesia. The procedure itself is quite simple and the actual insertion of your new silicone chin only takes about half an hour. A small incision may be made just under the chin or inside the mouth and the implant is slid into place.

Recovering from chin surgery can be uncomfortable as the face can become swollen for several days. Patients can experience difficulty smiling, talking and eating during this time; but all this symptoms are managed with proper anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications.

Surgery Options

Your surgeon will choose the right implant shape and size to best fit your anatomy and meet your personal cosmetic goals. The implants are made of a soft, rubbery, flexible material that can be inserted through a small incision. Chin implants may be composed of solid silicone or other materials that don’t cause adverse reactions within your body.

As an alternative to chin implants, some plastic surgeons may suggest a procedure called sliding genioplasty, or “chin advancement.” 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 it can shorten it vertically.

Risks and Complications

As with any surgery, there is risk of complications related to infection or reaction to anesthesia. A proper assessment of every patient, along with complete lab work, will help in the prevention of postoperative complications. After healing, scars are handled with special treatments to help in the minimization of their appearance.

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