Many Americans choose plastic surgery every year to improve their look and slow the aging process. In addition, patients often select cosmetic procedures during the spring, so they look their best when summer rolls around.
As spring approaches, more people are thinking about various chin augmentation procedures. Some of the popular options are highlighted below if you have been thinking about chin augmentation to define your face better.
Why Chin Augmentation?
Chin augmentation usually refers to improving and refining the bony part of the chin to make it more prominent and noticeable. For most patients, the goal is to enhance facial harmony that can be compromised with a ‘weak’ chin.
Chin augmentation is popular this spring because it can boost the size and shape of an undersized chin and make it more prominent.
Surgeons say that some patients choose chin augmentation partly because they’re unsatisfied with their noses. If your chin is smaller or undersized compared to the rest of your face, it can make the nose look larger than it is.
This is why many people decide to have chin augmentation and rhinoplasty simultaneously. However, chin augmentation also can be done with other procedures, such as a facelift, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, neck lift, breast augmentation, or liposuction to remove a double chin.
Below are the most common options for augmenting the chin.
Chin Implant Surgery
Having a chin implant is the most popular way to enhance the chin. Surgery involves putting a silicone implant around the chin bone to increase the size and shape of your chin.
The procedure is often done under general anesthesia, but the surgeon may use local anesthesia to speed up the recovery.
Chin implant surgery involves an incision under the chin or inside your mouth. The surgeon makes enough space for a chin implant and puts it around the chin bone.
This procedure usually takes less than an hour, but it could take longer if you decide to have more procedures, it could take longer.
After the procedure is over, the surgeon closes the incision with sutures and applies bandages.
The implant is made from a synthetic material, usually silicone, and is carefully measured and created to match the shape of your chin pone.
There are many implant shapes and sizes. Your surgeon will consult with you before surgery to determine the best implant to provide a natural result.
After the implant is inserted, it feels just like real bone, as long as it’s done by a skilled surgeon. Most people will never know you had a chin implant.
A traditional chin implant only requires a few days of recovery and most patients can go back to work within a week.
However, patients with a chin implant need to sleep on their backs for at least one or two weeks to reduce swelling and protect the surgical site.
You can return to strenuous workouts within three or four weeks, and you should consume only a liquid diet for one or two days.
Chin Implant And Rhinoplasty
Another popular option is to have a chin implant and a nose job at the same time. Having both procedures at the same time can improve the results for both surgeries.
There is a good chance your face will look more balanced and symmetrical if you have both procedures at once.
Chin Implant And Neck Liposuction
Do you have excess fullness under the chin, also known as a double chin? It can help your appearance to have neck liposuction with a chin implant. Making the chin more prominent will enhance your jawline, but it also helps to remove extra fat from the chin and neck.
If you only need a small increase in the projection of the chin jawline, dermal fillers can be the solution.
Many cosmetic surgeons use fillers that contain hyaluronic acid, such as Restylane or Voluma, to temporarily enhance the chin.
Using injectable fillers can be a great way to try out chin augmentation that is temporary. The results may last up to two years, and if you like the results, a full chin implant could be done later.
Another option to a traditional chin implant is fat grafting. This procedure involves removing fat from a problem area, such as the abdomen, and injecting it into the neck and chin. The fat is washed and processed before injection into the chin.
Some patients prefer this less-invasive procedure because it uses their own tissue, and there is no risk of the body rejecting an implant.
Some patients may need chin reduction if their chin is over projected or too prominent. This procedure is done with general anesthesia and involves making an incision under the chin or inside the mouth.
Extra bone is removed and the chin is made into the desired size and shape.
Chin augmentation requires a skilled surgeon who has an artistic flair as well as a detailed understanding of facial anatomy. You and your surgeon will discuss the options and decide which is the best way to augment your chin for ideal long-term results.
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Interested in chin enhancement in Houston? Please set up a consultation with Dr. Ashley Steinberg today. She’ll talk to you about the benefits and risks of several chin enhancement procedures.
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