What is a Chin Augmentation?
As the chin and nose determine a critical role in the balance of the face, a chin augmentation can be a good option for men and women who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their chin and its incompatibility with other parts of their face.
This surgery is an outpatient plastic surgery that improves the appearance of the jaw by placing an implant either under the ear or chin. A chin prosthesis is a small, solid piece made of a biocompatible material- usually silicon- that the surgeon places around a patient’s chin bone. Chin prostheses have different sizes. The cosmetic surgeon will help you choose the right implant to meet your desired size and achieve the most natural result.
Chin prostheses are very similar to normal chin bones, and with a nice surgery, it is usually impossible to tell if a patient has had a chin prosthesis. Chin prosthesis surgery is an operation that only a qualified plastic surgeon should do.
Who is a Good Candidate?
People who want to have chin surgery need to be physically fit and have realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery. Men or women who have a small chin and want to have chin surgery, especially those whose chin profile has fallen behind, are good candidates for cosmetic chin surgery.
You are a good candidate for chin augmentation if:
- Your chin is too small.
- One side of your chin is larger than the other and not symmetrical.
- The skin on your chin is sagging.
- You want to improve the appearance and balance of your face.
Chin prosthesis surgery is usually an outpatient procedure that takes about an hour. There are different types of implants depending on the size of your natural bone.
For cosmetic chin surgery, the chin prosthesis must be placed at the bottom of the jaw and then fixed in place. One surgical procedure is an intraoral incision in which a transverse incision is made inside the mouth and at the top of the groove between the lips and jaw. To create the right space for the implant, the muscle layer inside the chin is split. The middle groove of the muscle can be used to hold the prosthesis in place.
To do this, the surgeon makes a layer incision. After putting the prosthesis in its place, he sutures the incised layer to the orbicular muscle.
The chin cosmetic surgery or chin augmentation can be performed under general or local anesthesia. Chin prosthesis surgery can be performed simultaneously with other cosmetic surgeries such as rhinoplasty and facelift.
After surgery, the chin is closed with a pressure bandage, which stays on the chin for at least one night (or longer). Cold compresses are used to prevent excessive swelling of the chin. During the recovery period, the patient will be monitored for excessive swelling, hematoma, and infection. If the intraoral technique is used for surgery, hydrogen peroxide mouthwash is also prescribed. Patients have also prescribed antibiotics for a short period. Most patients can go to work within a week after this cosmetic surgery.
Chin augmentation is a popular surgery because it is a simple surgery and has few complications. But all cosmetic surgeries carry the least amount of risk. The risks of chin prosthesis surgery include the following:
- Complications of anesthesia
- Prolonged wounds
- Excessive bleeding
- Implant displacement, which may require corrective surgery.
- Allergic reaction to implants
- Nerve damage