Chin implants can give a more attractive look by giving a better balance of facial features for a more attractive look. Chin implants may augment the jaw to correct problems with weak chins, sagging skin in the chin area and improve the shape and balance of the face. This operation is combined with other procedures such as implants to that of the cheek and nose. Chin implants are made of both solid and semi-solid materials that have been used successfully for many years. If you were considering a chin implant, this information would provide you with a good introduction to this procedure.
On your first visit, your surgeon will discuss with you the changes that are to be made in your appearance. The procedure itself will be explained to you as well as risks and limitations. You should give us a thorough medical history, including a record of any medications you are taking. If you are prone to heavy scarring you must notify your surgeon about it. You may ask to see before and after photos of other patients who have undergone this procedure. Be sure you ask all questions you have of this procedure.
An incision is made inside the lower lip, or under the chin. The implant that is of the desired size and shape is then inserted through the incisions into a pocket created in the tissue; the incisions are finally closed with sutures.
The procedure usually takes 30 minutes to an hour and may be performed using general or local anesthesia with sedation.
This procedure may be performed in the office surgical suite on an outpatient basis.
A slight swelling and bruising may occur. A feeling of tightness within a few days of the operation may be felt. Pain after the operation is to be expected, however, this may be relieved by oral medication. You may have difficulty moving your mouth and you may be placed on a soft diet till your wound heals enough for you to chew solid food.
The results to this procedure are permanent. Many patients who have undergone this procedure are satisfied with the outcome.
A shifting or imprecise positioning of the implant may occur requiring a second operation. As with any operation, infection may set in. Excessive tightening or hardening of scar tissue around an artificial implant, causing an unnatural shape may occur.
You are if you are in good physical health and want to improve your appearance. You must also be free of any allergies to the implant materials.