Placement of a chin implant is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to create ideal facial proportions. For patients with a small chin or weak jawline, Dr. Altamira can choose from a number of chin implant shapes, sizes, and materials to best suit the individual’s facial features and structure. Chin augmentation can be performed right in our Houston office saving you the cost of hospital fees.
Who are the Candidates for a Chin Augmentation?
Ideal candidates for chin augmentation are healthy adults who do not smoke. Chin augmentation is often sought to correct cosmetic concerns such as:
- Weak jawline and chin
- General facial aging that has affected chin definition
- Large nose
The chin and the nose both project forward, so changing one will naturally affect the appearance of the other. By strengthening the projection of the chin, the nose is more “at home” among other facial features
What are the Benefits of this Procedure?
Chin augmentation with a chin implant can resolve various concerns, including a weak chin and chin dimpling. The enhancement of the chin also increases the aesthetic appearance of the nose due to the relationship between these two projecting facial features.
Unlike chin enhancement with dermal fillers, chin augmentation with a chin implant is a one-time procedure that can achieve permanent results.
What are the Risks of a Chin Augmentation?
Chin augmentation is a straightforward procedure that can be conducted right in our office using a local anesthetic and sedative. This approach to surgery eliminates the risks associated with general anesthesia. Additional risks that are discussed during the consultation for chin augmentation include:
- Malposition of the implant
- Nerve damage
- Bone degradation beneath the implant
- Poor incision healing
- Muscle dysfunction
Dr. Altamira goes to great lengths to reduce the risks of complications from chin augmentation, ensuring patients have an optimal surgical experience
How Should I Prepare for my Chin Augmentation Surgery?
Chin augmentation surgery can be a highly beneficial procedure that should only be conducted by a U.S. board-certified plastic surgeon. Choosing an experienced and highly-trained physician, you can expect to receive detailed preoperative guidelines that enhance your surgical experience. Some ways to prepare include avoiding smoking and tobacco products beginning one month before surgery. Closer to surgery, patients are typically instructed to avoid ibuprofen and aspirin products as well as certain supplements that thin the blood.
What is the Procedure Process for a Chin Augmentation?
After the tissue is numbed with a local anesthetic, an incision is made. The predetermined implant is then placed beneath superficial tissue where it butts up against the bony structure. Depending on where incisions are made, dissolvable or removable sutures are placed. The chin may also be taped to reduce swelling.
Does this Procedure Require Anesthesia?
Dr. Altamira performs chin augmentation right here in the office when no adjunct procedures are included. Patients comfortably undergo in-office treatment with the use of a local anesthetic and mild sedative. If chin augmentation is combined with other procedures such as a facelift or rhinoplasty, surgery may be conducted in an accredited surgical center using general anesthesia.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
Chin augmentation is usually completed in about an hour. A little more time is spent in the office for anesthesia to be administered and also for the sedative effects to begin wearing off.
How Long Do the Implants Last For?
Chin implants are made from durable silicone or other biocompatible materials that are expected to last indefinitely. Patients should also be aware that they can choose to have their chin implant removed if they wish.
What is the Recovery Process Like?
Patients can expect mild to moderate discomfort after chin augmentation surgery. This is controllable with a prescription or over-the-counter medication. Comfort significantly improves during the first 72 hours after surgery. Severe pain is rare and should be promptly examined by Dr. Altamira.
Swelling and bruising are the most common effects of chin augmentation. Both can be managed by sleeping with the head elevated and by applying cold compresses for 20 minutes at a time. A normal sleeping position may resume once the swelling subsides, which usually takes no longer than 3 weeks.
Blood tinged drainage is not unusual after chin augmentation. This side effect is expected to resolve quickly, within the first week of recovery.
Detailed post-operative instructions are provided before you leave the office. It is important to follow the guidelines to prevent unnecessary complications such as infection.
What Will the Scars from the Incision Look Like?
The chin augmentation procedure is performed through a very discreet incision made just under the chin. Alternatively, an incision may be made inside the mouth. Both types of incisions result in minimal scarring that is not noticeable.
What Our Patients Have to Say
“I highly recommend board-certified Dr. David Altamira for your plastic surgery needs and wants. He listens attentively during the consult, recommends procedures to meet your needs, and provides a seamless on point surgery. I also recommend any post-op treatments offered by his staff for quicker recovery time. All of his staff are efficient, professional, and friendly.”
How Long Until I Can Start to Exercise Again?
All exercise aside from walking should be limited for 2 weeks after chin augmentation surgery. Sports, especially contact sports, must be avoided for at least 4 weeks to allow the implant to fully integrate into its pocket.